Melfort residents are being asked to pull out their phones to support the restoration of the city's historic post office.
Locals were invited to head to the post office Thursday to help raise funds for new windows in the historic building by calling or texting their friends and family for donations. Food and refreshments will be available at the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
“We’re inviting people to drop in for their coffee break or their lunch break and to spend 20 minutes with us,” said Brent Lutz, community development manager with the City of Melfort. “We’re encouraging people to come out and help us reach out to the people that they know, and we’re hoping that if they each find one or two individuals interested in supporting this that we’ll raise the needed funds in one day.”
Even after fundraising for some time, Lutz said organizers still need another $20,000 to reach their goal. All donations received tomorrow will be matched, he added, and those who donate at least $100 will get their family name on a historic postal box, with a box number of their choice.
Once enough funds are raised, Lutz said work will begin to replace the windows in the Historic Post Office. The City is hoping to have the new windows installed before November, he said, in time for the building’s 106th anniversary.
The building opened in 1912 and is one of the few remaining public buildings from the early 20th century in the West. According to the City of Melfort, an assessment was conducted in 2012 which found the building to be structurally sound, but recommended a conservation and stabilization program to keep the building from deteriorating further. Avatex Heritage Lands then worked with the city to buy the property and begin the extensive work to preserve it.
The post office has been declared a municipal heritage property.
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