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Yorkville sets town hall meeting

October 4, 2012
By LORRETTA HUNKER - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

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 Village Council.

Councilman Tom Magnone reported the town hall meeting is slated for 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the firehouse.

The discussion will revolve around cutting hours at the post office, and area residents are encouraged to attend, Magnone said.

The village is one of several Eastern Ohio municipalities where post office hour reductions are proposed during the weekdays. The post office currently is open eight hours a day during the week, and it has been proposed the hours be reduced to four a day.

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, officials said.

The Nov. 14 meeting is to answer questions and provide 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 the 260-page list of post offices is preliminary, and additional review, analysis and verification are needed. The list is subject to change, it was noted.

Among those on the preliminary list in addition to Yorkville are Beallsville, Adena, Bergholz, Brilliant, Colerain, New Athens, Mount Pleasant, Bowerston, Irondale, Smithfield, Tiltonsville, Harrisville, Jewett and Scio.

In other matters, Councilman Dana Brown reported that he, Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli and Rayland fire Chief Jim Doughty 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 gather. Brown said he would attend a Tiltonsville Council meeting about the proposed tri-community parade.

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

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

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

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

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