County post offices may cut back hours

Published 4:38pm Saturday, June 28, 2014

Two post offices in Elmore County have public meetings scheduled so the U.S. Postal Service may determine the appropriate number of hours to cut back in terms of retail sales.

There are 45 post offices in the state which have meetings scheduled from June 26 to July 16 to hear from customers what hours would be more convenient for them.

A public meeting for Equality in Coosa County was held Thursday.

A meeting regarding the Titus post office is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 11 at the post office.

Later the same day a meeting regarding the Elmore post office will be held at 5:45 p.m. at Elmore Town Hall.

“We won’t even hit a bump in the road,” Elmore postal clerk Susan Cole said.

Presently the Elmore post office window is open seven hours a day. The window is open from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1-4 p.m.

“Instead of taking a one-hour lunch break we’ll just take a two-hour lunch break,” Cole added.

She anticipates the new hours to be 8 a.m. until noon and then 2-4 p.m.

The cutbacks are only for the retail windows at the post office and does not affect the mail delivery or the access to the post offices.

The cutback in retail service hours is part of a two-year plan which was put in place in 2012 to help solve the billions in annual operations lost.

So far there are 195 locations in Alabama which have already reduced their hours of operation.

A postal service spokesperson said 13,000 post offices across the U.S. were originally on the chopping block to be closed permanently.

Five locations in Alabama  — Booth, Jefferson, Kellerman, Mount Olive and Sunflower — have suspended service, but have not be labeled a permanent closures.

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