Does Fish Camp need a post office? If so, how many hours a day should it be open?
The results of a recent survey of residents who use the Fish Camp Post Office will be shared by United States Postal Service (USPS) managers at a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m., at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. At the meeting, more input will be sought from residents.
According to a public notice from the USPS, the following options are being considered.
• Keep the Fish Camp Post Office open, but reduce hours from 7 to 4 each weekday. Saturday hours would remain unchanged, as will patrons’ access to mailboxes.
• Close the post office and offer roadside mailbox delivery.
• Close the post office and find a suitable contractor, usually a local business, to offer stamps and other USPS products for sale during the entirety of their business hours.
• Transfer Fish Camp Post Office box users to a nearby post office.
Local residents and businesses have joined with WawonaNews in an effort to save the Fish Camp Post Office. Max Stauffer, owner of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, prepared a petition earlier this summer, expressing the concerns of the communities affected by a possible closure:
“The undersigned have a deep concern about your plan to close our local post office in Fish Camp California, zip code 93623.
“Our post office opened in 1924 and serves the communities and businesses in and around the rural town of Fish Camp and the town of Wawona in Yosemite National Park. The nearest other full service postal facility to these areas is in Oakhurst, located 14 miles from Fish Camp and 22 miles from Wawona.
“Because of the mountainous terrain and elevations it is often treacherous and at times impossible to travel to Oakhurst from these communities for postal service during the winter months. No one should be expected to travel over 40 miles round trip to mail a package even in good weather.
“There are four major businesses, one being a 240-room hotel complex, that rely on shipping and receiving mail necessary to conduct business. In addition there are many smaller tourist-related businesses and over 200 residents that require a full service post office.”
Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the public meeting at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m.