Ewa residents concerned over possible closure of post officeUPDATED 7:24 PM HST Sep 20, 2013Video Transcript
The Ewa community voiced their concerns today about a possible closure of their neighborhood post office. As KITV4's Justin Fujioka reports... Residents want the U-S Postal Service to hear them out. The Ewa Station post office is one of thousands of locations across the country that the financially- struggling U-S Postal Service is considering to close. Duke Gonzales: "THE BOTTOM LINE IS THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MAIL IN THE SYSTEM TO SUPPORT THE INFRASTRUCTUR E WE HAVE NOW." The U-S-P-S is currently reviewing feedback from the post office's users and surrounding community ... which residents say is growing and needs this service to remain housed in what they call a historic building. Duke Gonzales: "WE DON'T OWN THE BUILDING SO THE BUILDING WOULD REMAIN HERE EVEN IF WE WERE TO CLOSE OUR FACILITY, OR OUR OPERATIONS HERE... AND AS FAR AS WE KNOW, THERE ARE NO HISTORIC ASPECTS TO THIS BUILDING TO BEGIN WITH." The post office is home to about 250 P-O boxes and a small retail window. Ron Menor: "THERE ARE MANY FRAIL, ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS WHO USE THIS POST OFFICE ON A REGULAR BASIS AND IF WE WERE TO CLOSE THIS FACILITY, IT WOULD MAKE IT VERY INCONVENIENT TO GET THEIR MAILING SERVICES DONE OUTSIDE OF THIS COMMUNITY." Matters that community members would like to address at a sit-down meeting with the U-S-P-S. Glenn Oamilda: "THEY WANT US TO WRITE COMMENTS DOWN... AND TO ME, WRITING COMMENTS DOWN FOR FUTURE RESPONSE... IS A SHAM. IT'S A CONTROLLING WAY OF COMMUNICATING. This location is open just two hours a day, Monday through Friday... and staffed by just one worker from the Ewa Beach post office, where these P-O boxes would move upon closure. The U-S-P-S says no one would lose their job and it's unlikely to shut down the Ewa Station post office until after the holidays. Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News. The Ewa Beach post office is more than three miles away from Ewa Station. Other locations at Barbers Point, the Kapolei Shopping Center and in Waipahu are about the same distance.