By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — The Pinson City Council last week approved a resolution supporting the continued operation and services available of the Palmerdale branch of the United States Post Office.
Times have been hard for rural post offices over the last couple years, with hours and services being cut.
The resolution states that the demand of the Palmerdale post office will “certainly increase as commercial and residential growth occur” due to the ongoing construction of the Northern Beltline.
“The goal is to advise the Postmaster of our support, and to ensure that they are mindful of the growth that will certainly occur in the Palmerdale area,” Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders said. “In addition, the Palmerdale post office can provide services to those north of the beltline in particular and reduce traffic in the proposed intersection of (Highway) 75 and the Northern Beltline.”
The resolution states that the Palmerdale area is a historic community that dates back to the Farm Resettlement Act during the Great Depression. The post office there was established around 1945, the resolution states.
The resolution further states that Sanders and the Pinson City Council “urge” the U.S. Postmaster to consider the “invaluable community services” the Palmerdale post office provides and “refrain from further reductions in hours and services” there.
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