USPS Emily Drive Processing Closing this Summer: How Do You Feel About It?
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on March 29, 2013 @ 11:21AM
Created on March 28, 2013 @ 5:29PM
Wednesday on 5 News, we told you the postal service on Emily Drive is closing their processing center. 5 News spoke with the President of the Harrison County Commission and he said it's sad so many jobs will be lost and he's concerned with how this change will affect the community.
To recap, this facility is no longer going to process mail. You'll be able to drop off envelopes and packages at the Mail and Distribution Center in Clarksburg, but they won't be able to process and send them out for delivery.
This is suppose to go into affect by the end of the summer. Many people 5 News with in the community said they weren't happy about the inconvenience, but they can adjust. The major issue is the loss of jobs this change will make. 5 News wasn't able to verify how many employees will be affected, but they do employ about 100 people.
A U.S. Postal Service Spokeswoman said they're going to work with the employees to minimize the impact on them. The Harrison County President said he hopes they can turn the facility into something useful for the community."My main concern is what are we going to do with the people that are already employees there? It does put a little damper on how people do business because we're so used to and custom to the way the service is provided. It comes to mind that, that certainly would be a great location to centralize a 911 center with all the security mechanisms and how the building is constructed," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commission President.
Most people don't realize that their mail will be sent to Pittsburgh or Charleston to be sorted and then mailed out. So it will take longer for your packages to reach their destination.
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