Tucumcari Post Master Robert Roark is quite emphatic about the idea that the Tucumcari Post Office is not the Biblical city of Jericho, and the walls won’t “come tumbling down….” He hopes.
Roark said his battle with the last panel of the Post Office’s south wall has existed since he arrived in Tucumcari to become Postmaster two months ago.
While the top and the bottom of the most easterly panel are both flush with the supporting wall, the middle portion of the stone studded, just over twelve-foot-tall wall has bowed out roughly five inches from the supporting wall worrying some of the post office customers.
“Somebody came in and complained about it. That’s how it started,” said Roark. “Then they called my supervisor and that’s why we did it.”
What they “did” was fenced off an area beneath the wall using two postal carts and some yellow “crime scene” tape to keep people from walking or parking beneath the wall.
“I talked to my predecessor in this job,” said Roark, “and he said it’s (the wall) been like that for years.”
Despite that, Roark said that his supervisor said to set off the area until an engineer can look at it and decide what needs to be done. Roark said an Engineer will be in to look at the wall next week.
“I suppose it makes sense to err on the side of safety,” said Roark. “And the only reason that the tape has ‘chemical spill’ on it is because that is the only tape I had. There isn’t any chemical spill.”
Roark said the engineer reporting to him and his supervisor will not be the end of the matter since the postal service does not own the Tucumcari Post Office.
“We lease it,” said Roark. “After the report comes in, we’re going to have to wait to find out what the leasor is going to do about it.”