Postal service returned to Ismay in early February after the townspeople agreed to have a temporary facility constructed inside the town community center.
The temporary facility will be completely installed before the end of the week, a United States Postal Service spokesman said Monday.
The U.S. Postal Service has installed what is described as turnstile boxes for customer’s mail, along with four parcel boxes, according to James Boxrud, a communications specialist with the Dakotas-District of the federal agency based in Sioux Falls.
“We were waiting on the locks for the parcel boxes,” he said Monday, adding that they would be put in this week. “They got the boxes in for the parcel boxes but they didn’t have the special locks that we use. Those came in and so they are supposed to put them in Tuesday (Feb. 25). So the parcel lockers should be ready by the end of this week.”
According to Boxrud, the Ismay post office handles about 15 customers and everyone should already have their keys for their post office boxes.
The community will be using the temporary postal location until a new building is constructed in Ismay, Boxrud explained.
“We’ll be flexible if there is some kind of delay in building and we’ll revisit it. The new building will have new boxes. We won’t use those turnstiles. There will be new boxes built into the wall, but they will not be the same boxes (in the community center),” he said.
The community center location will remain open until the new building is finished and the post office there is fully operational, he added.
In addition, the Ismay postmistress has a brief morning schedule in the community on weekdays, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. The door to the center and post office is locked at 3 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, the postmistress will be in Ismay just to drop the mail off and is gone.
For people expecting bigger packages, they would need to be at the post office location when the postmistress is there to be able to pick them up.