Yorkville meeting will discuss post office hours

YORKVILLE – A town hall meeting concerning hours at the Yorkville Post Office is scheduled, and a Christmas parade involving Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland has been proposed, according to Yorkville officials.

Councilman Tom Magnone reported to village council this week that the town hall meeting will be at the Yorkville firehouse Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., and it is about cutting hours at the post office. He encouraged residents to attend.

Yorkville is one of several Eastern Ohio municipalities where post office hour reductions are proposed for weekdays. The Yorkville Post Office currently is open eight hours a day during the week, and it has been proposed the number be reduced to four a day, according to a list compiled earlier this year.

A review process for certain post offices known as the POST Plan has been established by the U.S. Postal Service, and the Yorkville office is among those being evaluated under POST Plan criteria.

The Nov. 14 meeting is to answer questions and provide additional information about the POST Plan. At the meeting, local management will share results of a survey to be filled out by residents, answer questions and seek input regarding the time of day the post office will be open.

A 260-page list of post offices facing reduced hours throughout the nation was posted in May.

In addition to noting current hours, the list includes proposed retail hours for the post offices named. The proposed retail hours for post offices listed vary from two to four to six.

It is noted that the 260-page list of post offices is preliminary, and additional review, analysis, and verification are needed. The list is subject to change.

Among those on the preliminary list in addition to Yorkville are Beallsville, Jerusalem, Lewisville, Adena, Alledonia, Barton, Bergholz, Blaine, Brilliant, Clarington, Colerain, Glencoe, Hannibal, New Athens, Piedmont, Holloway, Jacobsburg, Lansing, Maynard, Mount Pleasant, Morristown, Bowerston, Cameron, Irondale, Smithfield, Lafferty, Tiltonsville, Warnock, Powhatan Point, Bannock, Harrisville, Neffs, Jewett and Scio.

In regard to Christmas activities, Councilman Dana Brown reported that he, Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli and Rayland Fire Chief Jim Doughty had discussed the possibility of an annual Christmas parade involving Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland.

The proposed parade, discussed tentatively for Dec. 8, would begin in Rayland, go through Tiltonsville and then Yorkville, concluding at the Warren Township Park where everyone would get together. Brown said he would attend a Tiltonsville Village Council meeting about the proposed tri-community parade, which would include officials from all three villages.

Also discussed in connection with the proposed Christmas parade was the possibility of obtaining two donated bicycles, one for a boy and one for a girl, with each child to receive a ticket in the hopes of winning a bike.

If the parade plans move forward, area communities will be notified about participating, according to the councilman.

Council was in agreement about the proposed parade.

Brown also said the Christmas Memory Tree, a tradition in Yorkville, will be put up Dec. 3, and an indoor service will be held Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Yorkville firehouse.

He said every year, participation regarding the memory tree increases.

In other matters regarding holidays, Yorkville officials scheduled trick or treat for Oct. 31 from 6-7 p.m., and residents wishing to give treats are to have their porch lights on. This event is for youngsters, age 12 and under.

Council approved a motion to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, certifying them to the county auditor.