Mayor says post office important to Charlotte as seat of local government for Dickson County

Mayor Bill Davis

Mayor Bill Davis

Mayor Bill Davis says keeping a post office open in a small town like Charlotte is “about much more than making a profit – it’s about communication and community.” In response to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it is considering reducing hours or closing the post office in Charlotte, Davis sent a letter to Post Office Operations Manager Tracy Mofield, a copy of which was distributed at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. “We are the county seat of Dickson County and located in our city are many state and local government offices as well as local businesses, including but not limited to Charlotte City Hall, the sheriff’s office, two separate Dickson County courthouses, state of Tennessee Board of Probation and three public schools in Charlotte, Tennessee, that depend on a full-time post office,” Davis says in his letter. The postal service sent a survey to addresses in the 37036 zip code asking for preferences on whether the post office should remain open with reduced hours of operation or close and either be served by another post office or seek a private contractor within Charlotte to offer postal services. For several years the postal service has been looking at ways to cut back on expenses as it operates billions of dollars in the red. Those cutbacks have already resulted in the reduction of hours of operation at the post offices in Slayden and Cumberland Furnace. “The postal service may need to update to stay current to the times, but we should find a way for the postal service to stay an anchor in every small town community. In many towns, the post office is the last standing of public spaces,” Davis says in his letter. The mayor points out that the rural mail carriers serving the Charlotte area already have been moved to operating out of the Dickson Post Office, which he says “surely can’t be economical or helping cut cost.” Davis says the town of Charlotte will be represented at a public meeting scheduled for noon Aug. 7 at the post office to discuss its future. “We need to keep rural Tennessee connected, we need good paying jobs and we need our postal service of, for and by the people,” Davis says in his letter. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Davis and town council members urged 37036 residents to respond with surveys, write letters to the postal service and to turn out for the Aug. 7 meeting.