Sadorus post office to reduce hours

SADORUS — The post office here will stay open but will be operating under reduced hours.

At a meeting Wednesday afternoon, Manager of Post Office Operations Assistant Teresa Hitt presented a plan to realign the retail window hours at the post office at 123 E. Market St., offering four hours of service daily Monday through Friday.

To get feedback on options for the Sadorus post office, the Postal Service mailed out 317 surveys. A total of 148 were returned.

"That is a real good amount," said Hitt, who is based in Mahomet, adding that typically about 25 percent of surveys are returned.

There were four options on the survey: Keep the post office open but with reduced weekday window service; discontinue the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery with a carrier providing retail and delivery services; establish a "village post office," usually at a local business; or discontinue the office and relocate the P.O. box service to a nearby post office.

Eighty-nine percent of those who returned a survey selected the reduced hours option. Four wanted roadside delivery; 11 wanted to relocate to a nearby post office; and one wanted a village post office.

The new retail window hours for the Sadorus post office are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Hours are currently 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. The new hours will take effect July 12.

Saturday hours will remain unchanged at 8 to 10 a.m.

The Sadorus post office has 126 rented post-office boxes and 191 rural route customers, which includes part of Douglas County and about a third of Ivesdale's rural route customers.

Rural route customers can expect to receive their mail about 90 minutes later after the changes go into effect, according to Hitt.


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