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Subject: Post Office Reduced Hours/ Closings
Date Posted: 10/31/2012 1:56 PM ET
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I received a letter from the Regional Post Office manger stating that our small rural Post Office is undergoing a " POST Plan review process"  We are to send back a survey asking the following choices:

1). Reduce Post office hours to 6 hours a day.

2). Conduct a discontinuance study and provide roadside mailbox delivery to everyone including retail service.

3). Conduct a discontinuance study and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor , usually a local business.

4). Conduct a discontinuance study and relocate the P.O. box service to a nearby Post Office. ( about 9 miles away ).

If 60 % of the respondents want a disconinuance or go with a contractor they will do that. Otherwise, it will be 6 hours of service.  There will be a meeting at the local Fire Hall to answer questions on 11/30/12.

I am sure everyone in town will want to keep the Post Office as is with reduced hours.

Has anybody else received a letter like this in the rural areas ?

Date Posted: 11/7/2012 4:49 PM ET
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No, but we have a huge housing development about 5 miles down the road that required an additional zip code be added so I guess that additional work won't result in reducing hours here. BTW, most of our POs don't have 8 hours of customer service counter hours anyway.
Date Posted: 11/7/2012 5:48 PM ET
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This is going on all over the country.  The smaller offices are being reduced to either 2, 4,or 6 hours of window service a day.

Date Posted: 11/9/2012 1:51 AM ET
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We moved this summer, but my husband recently visited our old rural PO (to return the PO box key he still had!) and their hours were being reduced to 4 or 6 per day, and the position there was being reduced from postmaster to something lower. It sucks for the lady who has been filling in there since the postmaster retired a few years ago (they wouldn't actually promote her to postmaster), she lives a few blocks away, and now she has to go back to working at a PO much farther away. 

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 10:16 PM ET
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I work at a little post office that has gone through the process and will be reduced to 2 hours a day from 6 1/2 hours. This will happen Jan 26. The smallest offices will no longer have postmasters. We will be under the postmaster at the larger post office 8 miles away. We will no longer be required to do all the reports, etc. The other office will have to take care of it. Two hours a day is only long enough to put out the mail and sell stamps. The problem everywhere will be in finding someone who wants to work so few hours. It would be an ideal job for someone in a little village who wouldn't mind something new to do for a few hours each day for a little added income, maybe for someone on Social Security. I am doing some temporary work at another small office that will be going to 4 hours. It will also be under the same larger office.

Date Posted: 12/13/2012 11:06 AM ET
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2 hours a day isn't a bad gig for a mom with kids who just wants to work part time, we had a lady like that who filled in at my old PO, but I'm not sure how many people there are like that within the existing pool of USPS employees. 

2 hours a day would suck though if you're expected to have the retail window open the whole time and get the mail out during that time? In a small town like that I'm sure there will be people at the window almost the whole time, wanting to chat if nothing else. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2012 1:23 PM ET
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I just looked up the offices in my area that are going to two hours.

One has 20  p o boxes and 88 highway contract route deliveries.

The other has 39 p o boxes.

I think they will be able to get  "all" the mail up in 2 hours, even with having the window open.

Date Posted: 12/18/2012 4:47 PM ET
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Oh wow those are tiny POs. My old one probably had about 200 boxes, hard for me to imagine a 20 box PO!  Do they have street delivery there? 

Date Posted: 12/18/2012 7:19 PM ET
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The 20 p o box one has highway contract delivery to 88 rural-style curbside boxes.

The 39 p o box one is basically a crossroads, with a highway contract route delivering to two of the roads, and a rural route delivering to the other 2.  The people could easily have their mail delivered to their houses, but they would have to put up mail boxes and keep them shoveled out in the  winter.

Date Posted: 12/20/2012 10:10 PM ET
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My husband is applying for a job in a pretty remote area. We visited yesterday. The closest PO looks like it's inside a general store of sorts. My USPS app says the PO part of it is open for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon! They do deliver mail to the park he was applying at though.