NORWICH – A federal official has suggested regulators remand a Jan. 26 U.S. Postal Service decision to shutter the Yantic Post Office facility, saying the agency “did not consider meaningful community input” during the process – among other criticisms.
On Monday night, Elisabeth Shellan, a public representative for the Postal Regulatory Commission, filed a strongly worded seven-page report outlining her stance. The commission has until June 17 to act on her findings.
If commissioners uphold Shellan’s recommendation, it’s likely the 131 Yantic Road office’s fate would be reconsidered and could end with it back in operation.
“First, it appears from the administrative record that the determination to close the Yantic Post Office may have been pre-determined. Second, the postal service did not properly solicit and consider meaningful community input. Third and finally, the postal service has not justified its savings from the closing of the Yantic post office,” Shellan wrote.