Meetings set for comments on post office reductions

Meetings set for comments on post office reductions

Area residents have a chance to comment on the U.S. Postal Service's plans to reduce window hours at some area post offices.

Community meetings are being held in most cases at the affected post offices, and here are some upcoming times and dates for the meetings, according to Valerie Welsch, who handles corporate communications for the postal service's Gateway District.

Friday — Muncie, 12:30 p.m.; Pesotum, 3 p.m.; Hammond, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday — Sidney, 12:30 p.m.; Homer, 2 p.m.; Broadlands, 3:30 p.m.; Longview, 5 p.m.

Wednesday — Allerton, 12:30 p.m.; Sidell, 2 p.m.; Indianola, 3:30 p.m.; Metcalf, 5 p.m.

Thursday — Ashmore, 12:30 p.m.; Vermilion, 2 p.m.; Redmon, 3:30 p.m.; Elliott, 4:30 p.m.; Brocton, 5 p.m.; Ludlow, 6 p.m.

Oct. 30 — Thawville, 5 p.m.

Oct. 31 — Ellsworth, 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 — Cisco, 2 p.m.

Meeting were held earlier this week in DeLand, White Heath, Foosland, Dewey, Armstrong, Potomac, Bismarck, Henning, Fairmount, Fithian, Royal and Ogden.

In May, the postal service proposed reducing window hours at 74 post offices in East Central Illinois as an alternative to closing some of the smallest post offices.

Under that plan, retail window hours would be modified, but access to the lobby and post office boxes would remain unchanged.

In many communities, window hours would be reduced to two, four or six hours a day, rather than the customary eight.

The plan didn't affect post offices in larger cities, such as Champaign, Urbana, Danville and Rantoul.

The strategy would be phased in over two years and not be completed until September 2014.

Nationwide, the move would affect about 13,000 post offices and would save an estimated half-billion dollars a year

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

Mark Taylor wrote on October 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Dang it -- when we said "CUT GOVERMINT!!!!!11!" we meant cut govermint in Chicago and Champaign and East St Louis, not in the places where the REAL AMERICANS live!!!!!11!

The TEA PARTY is about cutting govermint we don't like, not the govermint services we members of the TEA PARTY actually like and depend on.

KEEP YOUR GOVERMINT HANDS OFF MY POST OFFICE!!!!1!!

rsp wrote on October 12, 2012 at 1:10 am

How many post offices are there in Champaign-Urbana? And none of them were cut? Six post offices. And one in Savoy. I'm sure we need every single one.