BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) - City officials learned on Friday that the owner of the Bloomfield Post Office building has not started work, according to the mayor.
According to a spokesman with the US Postal Service out of Kansas City, the building is leased and the postal service is working with the owner on this matter.
A closed sign went up on the door of the Bloomfield Post Office late last month. Postal service officials say it's closed until further notice because of asbestos.
According to Mayor Scott Staggs, the city was informed by their contact at the postal service that he was unaware that work has not started.
The mayor says the city still has a standing offer of allowing the postal service to use city hall.
Staggs says a couple of local business owners have also contacted the city offering vacant buildings for the post office to set up in.
According to the mayor, the city will remain in contact with the postal service on a regular basis until this the issue is resolved.
"I want to stress that the owner of the building is responsible for the removal of the asbestos. Not the postal service," Staggs said in a news release.
A city official has attempted to contact the building owner but was not able to reach them by phone, according to the mayor.
The problem happened when a construction crew found asbestos tiles.
The city is in contact with the postal service and Congresswoman Jo-Ann Emerson's office about how to handle this problem.
Mayor Scott Staggs calls it an unfortunate situation and says using the basement of city hall to sort mail on a temporary basis was an option.
Those with post office boxes have to drive to Dexter to pick up their mail.
No word on how long the post office will remain closed.
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