New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 14, 2020

New Kent supervisors agree to construct new post office, lease to USPS

By Andre Jones | July 14, 2020 10:50 pm

New Kent supervisors approved a lease agreement that will see the construction of a new post office within the county.

Leaders unanimously approved a 10-year lease with the United States Postal Service (USPS) that will result in a new structure built adjacent to the current New Kent location near the county’s courthouse complex.

The process for a new building began three years ago when discussion intertwined with the growth of the county’s population. In January 2019, Richard Hancock made a pitch for the relocation to address the influx of mail. During his pitch, he suggested to find a pre-existing building with at least 2,000 square feet.

County leaders opted for a different route. Instead of finding a current building, supervisors elected to construct a new post office. In September 2019, $75,000 was appropriated to begin the construction of the facility. At Tuesday night’s meeting, additional details about the agreement include both parties entering into a lease that will see USPS pay $60,000 a year for 10 years. In turn, the county will build a shell facility for USPS, with the post office having full reign to design the interior.

The building is expected to be completed and operational approximately one year from the date the agreement is signed.

In other actions by the board of supervisors:

–Unanimously approved an agreement with Charles City County to allow them to join the emergency radio system. The move will provide financial assistance to New Kent to pay off the system while allowing Charles City to improve their emergency communications within their county.

–Unanimously amended the FY2020-21 budget to accept more than $2 million in funding as the result of the CARES Act implemented to assist localities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.