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New round of postal meetings upcoming

3/17/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

A new round of community meetings has been scheduled by the U.S. Postal Service to talk about reducing window hours in area post offices.

The meetings will be in Albert, Otis and Rush Center.

The last meeting of this type was in January in Bogue, and they represent meetings in locations where postmasters were staffing the post offices.

Last year, most of the community meetings involved post offices without a postmaster, typically staffed by what's called an officer-in-charge.

The idea was to spread the reduction in hours at rural post offices during the course of two years, allowing those with postmasters either to retire or request a transfer to another office.

While the meetings initially were set out to solicit comment on the idea of reducing window hours, they quickly turned into short sessions with managers simply detailing what the hours of operation would be.

Those proposals so far have sailed through without modification.

Unlike many of the post offices last year, the Albert, Otis and Rush Center post offices will maintain window hours for four hours each day.

Many of the post offices already affected are open just two hours a day.

The schedule for upcoming meetings:

* Otis -- noon March 25 at the Farmers Bank and Trust office.

* Rush Center -- 2 p.m. March 25 in the township hall.

* Albert -- 4 p.m. March 25 in the post office.