Two weeks after closing its post office on Auto Drive, the U.S. Postal Service is still mulling a variety of options for providing mail services in Clarksville.
On Aug. 12, the last day the post office was open, County Executive Ken Ulman offered to let the Postal Service temporarily lease the former Gateway School property free of charge, so it could continue operating in Clarksville.
The Postal Service has not made a final decision regarding Ulman's offer, Baltimore area spokeswoman Freda Sauter said in an e-mail Friday, Aug. 26.
"The rent free is only for two years and does not include a building and this would be very expensive for the Postal Service," she wrote. "We are also looking at other options which may include a Contract Post Unit, otherwise known as a CPU, and is operated by a local retailer and offers a variety of shipping products and services at Post Office prices."
Ulman said he is aware the Postal Service is looking at the possibility of working with retailers in the River Hill Village Center to provide its services, and he supports that.
"(Our) offer (was) just to let them know that we're serious about helping them stay in Clarksville," he said. "If they think they've got a better opportunity to provide that service in a more cost-effective way, then we're moving in the right direction."