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September 17, 2008

ISU to run Fed building postal operation

University also moving own mail operation there

TERRE HAUTE — Next summer, Indiana State University will assume ownership of the federal building at Seventh and Cherry streets.

The transition already is beginning as ISU prepares to operate a post office there, something now being done by the U.S. Postal Service.

ISU anticipates it could begin operating the contract postal center by November. The center will include retail and post office box services, and the workers there will be ISU employees. It will be open to the general public.

Many people and downtown businesses use the postal service center at the federal building. “ISU will maintain the same level of service customers are receiving now,” said Jim Jensen, ISU director of operational services with facilities management.

ISU and the postal service are working to ensure a smooth transition, he said. “The day the U.S. Postal Service operation ceases is the day we open,” Jensen said.

The Postal Service recently provided notices to customers who have post office boxes at the downtown site. Some of the information was inaccurate, Jensen said, and a new letter is being sent. The letter stated the U.S. Postal Service would suspend its operations there Oct. 3, but that date has been postponed, Jensen said.

A contract between the two parties is being revised, and specific dates for the changes are still being finalized, officials said.

ISU also plans to locate its campus mail service in the federal building, a move that could take place in the next few weeks, Jensen said.

The federal government is donating the federal building to ISU, and the facility eventually will become the university’s College of Business. U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh was instrumental in working out that agreement.

In its 2008-09 budget, ISU included $150,908 for the operation of the contract postal unit. That includes startup and personnel costs.

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