Mail service options are out there for Keystone boxholders
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KEYSTONE ” If the approximately 725 boxholders at the Keystone Post Office want to continue their mail service, they’ll have to come up with an alternative before July 27 when the satellite office is scheduled to close.
Keystone resident and business owner Gary Miller and his partners, Bill Holton and Reid Simmons, want to help. They’re opening a new mail service that will be located in the Gateway building on Highway 6 in Keystone.
The 300-square-foot space will support 150 to 200 locked mailboxes and an accessory center so customers can send parcels or buy stamps.
The partners, who are the owners of Gateway at Keystone Mountain LLC, are donating the unfinished space as a community benefit, Miller said. It will cost Gateway LLC between $3,000 and $4,000 per year to operate the service, excluding what it will cost to hire a couple employees to man the shipping and accessories portion of the store.
The catch is boxholders must have a physical address in Keystone.
“(The box) becomes a part of the physical address,” Miller said. “If you sell the house, the box goes with the house.”
Contractor Pete Dahly is expecting a building permit any day from the county and will then begin an aggressive schedule to have the interior finished by mid-July.
Miller will dole out boxes on a first come, first served basis. They’ll cost $158 for a 6-inch by 12-inch box or $96 for a 6-inch by 6-inch container.
But, it’s a one time charge and there’s no monthly fee, Miller said.
Mail will be dropped off and picked up by a Dillon Post Office delivery contractor who already carries mail to the Keystone area.
The extra stop won’t cost the post office anything, said Dillon postmaster Rick Sprague.
“It’s just like a delivery stop at an apartment house or something,” Sprague said.
Miller does not have a contract with the U.S. Postal Service for the delivery.
Late last month, Keystone Resort announced it would close the post office, shortly after negotiations failed with the Keystone Citizens League to keep the small satellite office open.
Keystone has historically run the post office, which also serves as the resort’s mailroom, under an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service.
Vail Resorts, which owns Keystone, filed a termination of contract with the postal service in mid-May.
It is not an option for the Dillon Post Office to begin delivering mail to the existing building after Keystone ends its contract, Sprague said.
“We don’t own the facility and we don’t have the funds available to operate it,” he said.
Keystone Resort spokesperson Amy Kemp said the resort doesn’t have any plans for the building after the post office operation ceases.
Sprague sent out a batch of letters to boxholders Tuesday explaining what they need to do before the end of July to continue mail service.
He said he has rented out “quite a few” boxes since the news came that the Keystone facility would be closing.
Miller said he has also had a lot of interest in his service ” 25 or 30 people are already committed to buying a box.
His ideal is to have the shop open by the time the Keystone Post Office closes so customers won’t have any interruptions in mail service.
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Gateway LLC will open a small office with 150-200 post office boxes at the Gateway building in Keystone. Boxes are first come, first served and you must have a physical address in Keystone. Contact the cashier at the Haywood Cafe in the Gateway Building in Keystone for information.
– The Dillon and Silverthorne post offices both have plenty of extra boxes to support former Keystone boxholders.
– Residents can petition for street delivery through the Dillon Post Office. Certain requirements must be met, such as the ease of snow removal and accessibility to carriers.
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