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Elmore’s Iowa postal patrons will change addresses

By Staff | May 29, 2011

The change will be good and better for everyone affected in the long run.

That was the message postal officials delivered to some 35 people attending a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Elmore.

Beginning July 16, those living in Iowa will not be able to have an Elmore mailing address.

At the present time, the post office in Elmore has a rural route carrier making nearly 70 deliveries each day.

Pat McDaniel, manager of the Postal Service’s address management systems in Des Moines, explained the change is being mandated by the federal government.

“This has been in the works in Iowa and Minnesota the past six years,” she says. “Having two different addresses causes problems. We have gotten some complaints from postal customers and that we do something.”

She says residents living in one state and having a mailing address in another often have a hard time conducting business or shopping using a computer.

Something as simple as renewing a driver’s license, adds McDaniel, can be difficult.

A woman in attendance agreed with McDaniel, sharing her husband’s experience.

“It took us more than an hour with Des Moines to get a new license. And, he’s had one for 20 years,” she says.

The terrorist attacks in the United States of almost 10 years ago has resulted in agencies implementing security measures, and that includes the Postal Service.

“Since 9-11 a lot of things have changed in our lives. With Homeland Security the government wants to know where people are for security issues,” McDaniel says.

For McDaniel and four other colleagues this was the fifth public meeting held in Minnesota cities the past two days to discuss the change.

McDaniel says other states such as South Dakota, Illinois, Kansas and Wyoming have also had to deal with “border address” issues.

It was clear that many at the meeting were not in favor of the change.

Most residents spoke of the inconvenience and cost the switch would be to them.

The general consensus of the audience was that if the present system is working, why change it?

“I know that change is hard for all of us. But, really, this is the right thing to do,” McDaniel says.

Postal officials acknowledged some residents could receive their mail two days later than they are now.

The Elmore post office will continue to process and deliver mail for a year, then the deliveries will be made out of Buffalo Center.

McDaniel says if it is more convenient to receive mail in Elmore, residents can rent a Post Office box.

Rick Schaar, acting manager of the Postal Service’s address management systems in Minneapolis, says the change is more than a cost-saving measure.

“The intent is provide our customers better service. Also, there are other companies and delivery people that use our data base. This will help clear up any confusion,” he says.

McDaniel recommends that resident not do order a mail address change, because forwarding mail would only cause problems.

Residents will be getting an official letter from the Postal Service in June telling them of the change.