Future of Economy post office up in the air

Harry Sullivan
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Existing office closing at month’s end

ECONOMY – Area residents who receive their mail through general delivery at the Economy post office will soon have to travel to Bass River for their postal services.

“I am retiring on the 30th of August,” said Susan Cameron, who has held the position for the past 34 years. “I’m not aware of what they (Canada Post) are doing.”

Canada Post spokesperson John Caines said by telephone from Ottawa that because the post office is located in Cameron’s home, all mail service for residents who are served by the Economy site will be  “redirected” to the post office in Bass River until a permanent solution is found.

“We are going to work with the community to see how we can resume service in there on a permanent basis,” he said. “We’re going to consult with the community leaders down there to see what’s available and then how we move forward to meet the needs of that community. But we’ll always maintain delivery there.”

If a suitable location and replacement for Cameron cannot be found, he said, Canada Post may resort to providing local delivery via community mailboxes, as it did in Londonderry when the post office shut down following the retirement of that community’s postmistress.

Caines says the move will not have any affect on rural mail delivery, as the driver who serves the Economy area will work out of the Bass River office during the interim.

“It would be terrible to have the post office closed,” Economy resident Anita MacLellan said, when asked by the Truro Daily News how the village would be impacted by the decision.

“And I find it very strange if the post office is closing why we haven’t been notified.”

 

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

Organizations: Canada Post, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Bass River, Ottawa, Londonderry

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