Post office community meeting set for January

The Postal Service will hold a meeting to answer questions and provide additional information about POST Plan. At the meeting, local management will share the results of the survey and answer questions. Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting. This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting before making a final decision.

Surveys will be sent to customers within the delivery zip code(s) of this Post Office and the Post Office Box customers. Below are the options that the Postal Service is considering. If you do not receive a survey by 01/07/2013, and would like to fill one out, surveys are available at the counter.

1. Keep the office open, based on actual office workload. In the case of INDEX PO, hours would be reduced from 6.5 hours each weekday to 4 hours per weekday. Current Saturday hours will not change as a result of POST Plan and access to your delivery receptacles will not be impacted by POST Plan.

2. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points.

3. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business.

When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office will be able to offer.

4. 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 Post Office.

Meeting time: 3 p.m. Jan. 28, 2013.

Meeting place: Old Fire Hall, next door to Town Hall, Index.

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