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January 13, 2013

Future uncertain: USPS continues downsizing efforts

NEW RUSSIA — The lobby of the New Russia Post Office won’t be space enough for those wanting to express their support at a meeting that will address that facility’s fate, residents say.

“I have offered the Town Hall, where a meeting had been held before,” Elizabethtown Town Supervisor Margaret Bartley said.

The upcoming session — when the U.S. Postal Service will inform patrons of intentions to reduce hours and invite input —  is set for noon Friday, along with meetings at 1:30 p.m. in Mineville and 3 p.m. in Moriah Center.

First, a Postal Service representative will convene a session at noon at the Dickinson Center post office and 3 p.m. in Nicholville. Other meetings this month are set for noon in Rainbow Lake and 2 p.m. Bloomingdale and Rainbow Lake on Jan. 28; noon in Port Kent and 2 p.m. in Essex on Jan. 30; and noon in Altona and 3 p.m. in Bombay on Jan. 31. 

All the sessions will take place in the post offices in those communities.

FOUR OPTIONS

At least 30 days before the meeting dates, public

notices and surveys were distributed to patrons of the facilities targeted for change; they are available at the post offices, Acting Post Office Review Coordinator Tina Buell, based in Albany, said.

“At the (meetings), local management will share the results of the survey and

answer questions … The Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting.” 

The four options, briefly listed, are: 

▶ Keep the office open with reduced daily hours (such as New Russia going from six and a quarter to two hours). 

▶ Conduct a discontinuance study and offer roadside delivery. 

▶ Find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually a local business. 

▶ Provide post-office box service via another nearby post office.

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