- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - The Post Office in downtown Kingman is no longer on the verge of closing.

The Kingman Daily Miner reported (https://bit.ly/1LuSHpU) Sunday that owner Craig Graves says U.S. Postal Service officials told him he was free to rent out post office boxes again.

The Postal Service initially slated the facility to close at the end of 2014.

“Oh my God, am I glad to hear that for everybody’s sake,” Lois Commiskey said Friday when she stopped in to buy stamps. “Hallelujah!”

Graves says the facility will get a new contract for an indefinite period. He says he is also taking a pay cut as part of the deal.

Peter Hass, a spokesman for the Postal Service’s Phoenix office, says he was unaware of any contract agreement.

Graves says he expects to receive the written contract soon and already gave a key to a new box to Kingman Mayor Richard Anderson.

City and county officials wrote letters to the U.S. Postal Service and congressional representatives in support of the post office.

Graves took over the postal contract when his mother, Helen, died in May 2014. She had the contract since 1975.

The post office has 824 boxes, and about 650 were rented when Postal Service issued its closure notice in October.

Many of those box holders had their mail forwarded to a new address, as advised by the Postal Service, and Graves was not authorized to rent new boxes.

During that time, Graves said he received numerous requests from new residents and businesses to rent post office boxes, but was unable to meet their needs.

“For the last year, many of our past customers have been checking in with us for a status update, but now we can say we are open for business and looking forward to seeing their friendly faces,” he said.

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Information from: Kingman Daily Miner, https://www.kingmandailyminer.com


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