|Officials mulling over options for future of Gleason post office |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 pm |
|By JIM MANSFIELD |
Special to the Press
GLEASON – Patty Frederick from the U.S. Postal Service in Nashville met Nov. 25 with more than 50 Gleason postal customers to discuss results of a recent postal survey. She also answered questions regarding the possible closing of the Gleason Post Office.
According to Frederick, there are four possible options, including:
• Keep the office open based on actual workload, but reduce hours from seven to six on weekdays. Saturday hours, currently 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., would not change.
• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery.
• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a private contractor.
• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide P.O. box service via another nearby post office, and relocate P.O. box delivery to that office.
Of the four options offered, No. 1 is the best option and the one Nashville is favoring, Frederick said.
“Nobody likes this, but with business losses the way they are, something has to be done,” Frederick said.
Frederick was asked what it would take to keep the Gleason office open.
Pointing to the postal counter, she said, “It all depends on how much money is spent right there.”
She noted that the U.S. Postal Service experienced a 27 percent drop in customer retail visits from 2005 to 2011. She said she did not know when a final decision about the Gleason office would be made.
The 50 or more citizens who attended the meeting were not only concerned, but some were visibly upset about the possible changes.
Gleason resident Larry Scott voiced an objection.
“Before they consolidated the Jackson office, I used to get my medicine from the V.A. in four days,” Scott said. “Now it takes six days and sometimes longer. Why is it that every time they change something it ends up hurting us?”
The Postal Service sent out 1,311 surveys, of which 455 were returned. Of the surveys received, about 90 percent favored reducing operating hours but keeping the Gleason office open.
Published in The WCP 12.4.12