Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2006

New Basehor post office building a real hit

Amount of space grows five times

June 29, 2006

Postmaster Jo Rundus of the Basehor post office is thrilled with the new building that opened to the public Monday.

"I've been finding any excuse I can to get up there and ask people what they think," she said.

The new 5,000-square-foot building at 2402 N. 155th St. is quite a step up from the old 1,000-square-foot building just north on 155th Street.

And Rundus said customers have been giving her and other post office workers positive feedback.

"We had one customer get here right as we opened because she wanted to be the first customer," she said. "Another customer said, 'It looks so nice, you'd think we were in Johnson County.'"

Rita Fields said she was happy because even though she has the same post office box number, the box isn't positioned as high.

"I don't have to tip toe to get into my mailbox," she said.

Another customer, Sherry Hoelting, said that although she would have rather seen the new office closer to U.S. Highway 24-40, she is still grateful.

"I didn't know it had opened yet," she said. "But, it's about time."

While employees of the post office are pleased to finally have more room to sort mail and move around, the space is a big change.

"We're just running around trying to get used to all this space," the post master said. "We're all a little overwhelmed because we're used to working so close."

There are still a few glitches to work through such as getting the network up and running in order for customers to use credit and debit cards, but Rundus said opening day was still a success.

"This has just been a great day," she said.

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