Lake Tahoe post office to show ‘new look’ and hold open house
The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public open house at the Stateline post office next week to show-off some recent improvements made to the troubled and aging facility.
Although they don’t address the larger issues at the site, the recent changes do help make the location cleaner and safer, USPS spokesman David Rupert said. Improvements include a lot of new paint and a general cleaning of the building, as well as repairs to surfaces that were damaged by a leaky roof.
The public will have a chance to “go behind the scenes” and view the changes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Postal Service statement. USPS made the improvements after a Nov. 19 open meeting aimed at gathering feedback on how to best fix the post office’s problems.
Since then, the Postal Service has been talking with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to try to work out some of the site’s bigger issues. But in the meantime, “we are making the best of what we have,” Rupert said.
Issues involving the TRPA have to do with the installation of best management practices at the post office — property that currently discharges stormwater runoff into a stream environment zone.
The site is also located in the Edgewood Creek watershed, which has been targeted for BMP enforcement.
Rupert said the BMP needs, as well as other large projects on the property, are estimated to cost more than a million dollars to complete.
According to the TRPA, the Postal Service voluntarily obtained a BMP retrofit permit for the Stateline post office in 2007. But the BMPs were never installed, prompting the TRPA to send out an enforcement letter in 2010.
Now, USPS and TRPA are in talks to find the best possible solution to the problem.
“If the Postal Service decides to keep that post office open and operating, then they are going to have to do some BMPs,” said Tom Lotshaw, public information officer for the TRPA. “And the TRPA is fully willing to come to the table and find the most cost-effective approach possible to help them.”
Meanwhile, Rupert again confirmed Tuesday that the Postal Service currently has no plans to close down the Stateline post office.
The post office serves more than 2,000 residents.