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