Rep. Barletta announces Shickshinny post office to reopen

Jan 26, 2012
Press Release

HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, is pleased to announce that the Shickshinny Post Office should reopen within 60 days.

Thursday, Rep. Barletta received a letter from Kevin McAdams, manager of consumer and industry for the Central Pennsylvania District of the United States Postal Service, that indicated the borough’s post office – which was damaged and closed during the flooding associated with Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011 – “should be operational in 60 days,” the letter states.

“This is great news for the people of Shickshinny. As I said before, a post office is often the focal point of small communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s a place where neighbors can get caught up on each other’s lives. It’s a place where news and views are exchanged. It’s also a vital link for the people of Shickshinny. I’m very pleased that the United States Postal Service will reopen the office within two months,” Rep. Barletta said.

Earlier this month, Rep. Barletta sent a letter to McAdams and Megan Brennan, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the USPS, asking that the post office in the Borough of Shickshinny reopen as quickly as possible.

“The citizens of Shickshinny Borough currently have no grocery store, bank, or post office in their town. They have suffered extreme emotional and physical hardship in rebuilding from the worst flooding in history. Many are elderly and rely on the post office for basic communication needs. I urge you to act as quickly as possible to conduct an assessment of the damage to the post office and reopen the facility in the very near future,” Rep. Barletta wrote.

Mr. McAdams’ letter states that the Shickshinny post office was severely damaged, “with several feet of standing water on the first floor.” The first floor must be completely gutted, and a new heating system must be installed. “With that said, plans are in place to re-establish retail operations at the existing Shickshinny Post Office site. We are currently securing funding for the remediation and restoration costs, along with getting quotes for the cleanup. Depending on how well the process stays on track, we should be operational in 60 days.”


To view the USPS's response letter click here.