During his “Mayor’s Minute” on the City of Brenham website, Mayor Atwood Kenjura provided an update on the quest to get a new post office building.

Brenham Mayor Atwood Kenjura

Kenjura said that last Friday, he joined Washington County Judge John Durrenberger, City Manager Carolyn Miller, and Director of Engineering Services Richard O'Malley in meeting with the owner of the current post office building to discuss the need for a new facility.

City officials expressed to the owner that the current facility and its location can no longer serve the citizens of Brenham and Washington County due to the significant growth over the past 60 years.

The current location was built in 1964 when the population of Brenham and Washington County was 8,000 and 19,000, respectively. Today, these numbers have grown to 19,000 and 39,000. Kenjura said the current facility is outdated and inadequate for needs of local citizens.

Kenjura’s report said that the United States Postal Service has been very guarded about providing any information that would help secure a new facility. Even using the Freedom of Information Act has not been successful in obtaining the necessary information.

A recent court case and appeal were denied, with the ruling stating that providing any information was inconsistent with good business practices because it places the Postal Service at a disadvantage in their leasing activities to their potential detriment.

Kenjura closed the report by saying that obtaining any information about leases or a potential new facility will be very difficult. However, this does not mean it is impossible.

City officials have been given some additional contact information for individuals and political figures that they hope will assist them in their quest for a new post office. 

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