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Valley Station Post Office To Remain Open

After a review, Louisville Postmaster Richard Curtsinger announced Tuesday shutting down the Valley Station Post Office would not be cost effective.
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The post office in a southwest Louisville community will not shut down after all.

After a review, Louisville Postmaster Richard Curtsinger announced Tuesday shutting down the Valley Station Post Office would not be cost-effective.

Faced with declining mail volume and a budget shortfall of $7 billion, the U.S. Post Office pre-screened more than 3,200 stations and branches across the country for possible consolidation.

Four Louisville facilities were on that list. It prompted Brenda Silveria, a retired postal employee from the Valley Station branch, to start a petition drive.

With help, she turned in petitions with some 2,000 signatures Monday.

"They were all like me," she said of the petitioners. "'You can't close our post office, they take everything away from Valley Station. Not our post office, too.'"

On Monday, Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins posted a video on YouTube in front of the main post office, where the petitions were taken.

At the beginning of the two-minute video, it's billed as an interview with Silveria. However, she doesn't speak until 90 seconds into the clip and speaks about a total of six seconds.

"It is somewhat ironic we're doing a lot of communicating now that is not the old snail mail postal service.)

While people who live in Hawkins' district use the Valley Station branch, the facility is actually in Metro Councilman Bob Henderson's district.

"If there's anything he can stir up, he will," said Henderson.

Both Hawkins and Henderson said they contacted leaders in the post office to keep the station open, but they clearly didn't work together.

"We've been working behind the scenes not to alarm people that there are bombs there and all this," Henderson said. "We try to do it in a little bit more low profile."

"Miss Silveria deserves all the credit here," Hawkins said. "She worked so hard on this and has done so much."

Silveria said she approached Henderson about helping with the petition drive, but he wouldn't do it.

Henderson said that statement is also political because she works for Hawkins.

Hawkins said he's considering a run for Louisville's mayor, but hasn't reached a decision yet.

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