U.S. senator Cory Gardner, Windsor mayor Kristie Melendez celebrate USPS plans for Windsor

Kristie Melendez was determined to get the job done, and U.S. senator Cory Gardner became a big part of the path to success.

The Windsor mayor, Melendez was frustrated with her lack of control over an issue that was plaguing her town – the local United States Postal Service office.

Medication was getting lost, packages weren’t getting delivered, and critical documents were arriving far too late. The USPS wasn’t taking care of business, and Melendez couldn’t change that directly. The Post Office is a federally controlled entity.

But Gardner and U.S. Congressman Ken Buck, a Windsor resident himself, had a little more pull in this area, so that’s to whom Melendez lobbied her appeals.

Last Friday, after a meeting with USPS officials, Gardner and Melendez joined together on a conference call with local media to celebrate their joint victory, the major details of which had been announced a few weeks prior.

“Thanks to mayor Melendez for her leadership on this,” Gardner said on the call. “When we did a Main Street walk and economic roundtable in August, this was an interest.”

Melendez thanked the senator and Buck for being involved in getting the new personnel and, as importantly, a new postal annex in town.

“These voices, with mine and the citizens in Windsor who voiced their concerns showed that your voice can make a difference,” Melendez said. “The congressman and the senator helped champion this tot he next level to understand we had a real problem and now, moving forward, we have a solution.”

It seems a little odd that it takes a U.S. senator and a U.S. congressman getting involved to get this done. That’s not how it’s supposed to be.

“The Post Office apologized it took a mayor and a senator and a congressman to do this,” Gardner said with a chuckle. “They said this was a front-counter failure, that the needs of the customers in Windsor weren’t being met. They weren’t listened to, and the mayor and the people of Windsor did the right thing. They got their voices heard.”

Asked why someone with the responsibility levels of a senator would come down to a 30,000-person town to fix a problem with the mail, Gardner said it was something important to him.

“You’re dealing with a very vital business community in Windsor and a high-growth and population area,” he said. “Any time you have constituents who have reached the frustration point that they have, they need answers. They weren’t getting them. I commend again the people of Windsor and their leadership. They elevated this.”


By: Cuyler Meade

Greeley Tribune