Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 06, 2012 @ 12:05AM
Created on December 05, 2012 @ 10:52PM
The United States Postal Service said they lost over $15 billion last year. They've been closing distribution plants across the country, and they've had plans to close down many of your local post offices. A few months ago, they announced a new plan to save money and keep providing the service, but with changes.
Originally, the USPS planned on closing 150 post offices in our state, with close to 4,000 across the country. There's a new idea called the Post Plan which hopes to keep all of those locations open.
Folks in Doddridge County got to hear what the plan for the post office in Smithburg is on Wednesday. Their P.O. box numbers won't change, but the hours of operation will. Many had already filled out a survey which showed those in the area prefer the post office to be open between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. The USPS said they're trying to work with each community to see which hours work best.
These changes will begin in January, and each office will have 30 days notice before anything takes effect. USPS officials said they've been listening to folks in rural areas across the country, and they heard loud and clear that communities want their post offices.
"We're not impacting just the rural communities in this plan, we're actually targeting roughly half of our postal service post offices right now," said Paul Portillo, operations manager. "We're at about 25,000 post offices, we're actually targeting about 13,000 of them for reduction of hours based on a workload."
For now, officials are planning on the offices being open two, four or six hours a day. They understand this isn't the perfect solution for everybody, but it allows each community office to keep its identity.
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