Sullivan post office to shutter during building search

Kelsey Leyva | Wellingotn Enterprise The building used by the Sullivan post office and Useful Junk is owned by Wes Wyse.

Picking up mail may require a longer drive in the near future for Sullivan residents with a post office box.

The Sullivan post office will lose the lease to its retail location on State Rt. 58 at the end of this month. The landlord, Wesley Wyse, decided not to renew it.

David Van Allen, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the process of finding a new location has just begun. The search will be handled by out-of-state personnel and could take as long as a year to complete.

In the meantime, mail will be delivered to Sullivan residents through the Spencer post office — which means it might arrive later than customers are accustomed to, Van Allen said.

“Post office box customers at the end of July will need to start going to Spencer to pick up the post office boxes if they want to continue having a post office box while the process continues to look for another retail facility in Sullivan,” he said.

The Sullivan office is about 10 miles from the Spencer office.

The volume of mail being processed will remain the same because Spencer is the managing office for Sullivan.

Sullivan USPS employees will retain their current positions and will either go to Spencer or another neighboring post office until a new location is chosen.

“As far as retail products, like stamps and things like that, rural delivery is basically a post office on wheels and they all have rural delivery out there, so they can get their products straight from their carrier,” Van Allen said.

Rural Free Delivery is a service that started in the late 19th century to deliver mail to people living in outlying areas.

Customers can talk to their mail carriers or call ahead to request the materials they need.

The Enterprise reached out to Wyse for comment but he was unavailable.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.