Nevada’s Tahoe post offices need work |

Nevada’s Tahoe post offices need work

Michael Schneider

United States Postal Service officials acknowledged deficiencies regarding post offices on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

The comments came at a presentation to Douglas County commissioners Thursday concerning two proposed post offices in the Carson Valley.

The Carson Valley does not share growth and building constraints to the degree that developers face in the Tahoe Basin.

“There’s just so little property at the lake,” said Rebecca Bernard, Northern States manager for the postal service.

Bernard said in addition to the newly remodeled post office at the Round Hill Shopping Center in Zephyr Cove, the postal service will be looking at upgrades for the Glenbrook office. Parking and access issues as well as upgrades to the electrical system will be pursued, according to Bernard.

Commissioner Don Miner, who represents the lake portion of Douglas County, expressed his displeasure with the Stateline post office on lower Kingsbury Grade, which he said was in no condition to serve the area’s needs.

“We have a half-billion-dollar industry working out of that post office,” Miner said referring to the Stateline casinos. “We need a new space.”

“Stateline is a real embarrassment for us,” Bernard admitted.

Bob MacGill, real estate specialist with the postal service’s Denver office, said the service would be willing to consider a new location if one can be found in Stateline.

“As soon as you find the right site up there at Kingsbury, let me know,” MacGill told Miner.

In the Carson Valley, the postal service is proposing two new post offices to compliment the existing ones in Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa.

One new post office is proposed for the Gardnerville Ranchos area south of downtown Gardnerville. The postal service is proposing an 8,400-square-foot building located in or near the Gorman’s Shopping Center in the middle of the Ranchos.

Another post office is proposed for the growing Johnson Lane area north of Minden along Highway 395. The county is working on plans for a retail shopping center in this portion of the county.

Postal officials have not found an actual site in either area but both post offices will be similar to the new Zephyr Cove post office, which offers a shopping format where customers can pick out their purchase items and bring them to a cash register.

The postal service will wait 30 days to gather Douglas County feedback and then evaluate offers for property and buildings.

After the service reaches a decision on sites for the new post offices, they will present them to the county and allow another 30 days for final comments.

There was no timetable discussed for improvements to the Glenbrook office nor the search for a new location for the Stateline facility.

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