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Pristine Post Office? Not Yet, But There's Hope

First Selectman meets with postmaster, finds him cooperative; sees a need for additional personnel.

Pristine Post Office? Not Yet, But There's Hope

When it comes to the state of the , enough is enough, said First Selectman Bill Brennan.

During a recent Board of Selectmen meeting Brennan raised the issue of what he described as the post office’s lack of tidiness.

“I have something I’m going to keep beating on because I know it’s a sore spot in our community,” Brennan said. “There is a lack of management up there, I’ve experienced it, my wife has experienced it, we all have.”

He described long lines, broken machines, and a general lack of customer service.

Brennan said he was unsuccessful in getting a response from the postmaster, Angel Rodriguez, and so he recently went to the post office and had an impromptu meeting with Rodriguez.

"We met for a half hour and I had a nice meeting with him," Brennan revealed at Monday night's meeting, held at . "I found him to be cooperative. We did a walk-around the space. I pointed out the clutter. I suggested that a lot of the area just needs a good cleaning."

The first selectman also learned the postmaster has a personnel problem; a staff of 14 has dwindled to eight.

"I think he operates in a tight structure. There needs to be some additional people," Brennan said.

And so the first selectman plans "to follow up with consumer affairs folks" and encourage the hiring of additional staffers.

“We’ve got to see some change up there," he said. "We’re not getting a discount on the stamps up there so we'd better get better service.”

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