WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, three years after an EF3 tornado struck the community of Reading, Kan., U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced the United States Postal Service (USPS) is seeking 700 square feet to accommodate a new post office for their community.
“Three years ago today, a tornado struck Reading causing destruction to homes and businesses – including the community’s Main Post Office,” Sen. Moran said. “Since then, I have worked closely with Mayor Sorensen and other community leaders to convey the importance of rebuilding to USPS. I am encouraged we were able to find a solution that will accommodate a new post office, and look forward to continued progress to restore vital services to Reading.”
Sen. Moran first brought this matter to the attention of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe during a U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing in fall 2011. Sen. Moran continued to follow-up with USPS, and earlier this month spoke with USPS management to emphasize the need for regular postal services. The USPS will hold a community meeting on Friday, May 23, at 5 p.m. in the Community Building for citizens of Reading to receive information about the proposal and provide input.
Sen. Moran has consistently worked to make certain USPS understands the importance of postal services in rural communities. During the 112th Congress, Sen. Moran voted in favor of the 21st Century Postal Reform Act, which would have protected critical USPS services by considering alternatives prior to closing any post office. Unfortunately, the House did not act and postal reform never made it to the President’s desk for his signature.