The United States Postal Service is in the process of holding meetings in communities to discuss the reduction of hours of service. The reductions are part of the Postal Service's ongoing efforts to reduce expenses in its operations nationwide.
In the immediate area, several meetings are being held in affected communities to discuss the reduction of service hours. Locally, meetings are set for today, Tuesday, Oct. 23 at t 3:00 p.m. at the Post Office, 1202 Gowrie Stree, in Ruthven.
The USPS is searching for ways to cut costs in response to a 25% drop in mail volume in the past five years. The plan to reduce rural post office hours is projected to save the Postal Service $500 million a year.
Last year, the Postal Service had originally proposed closing 3,700 rural post offices around the country to cut costs, but altered those plans earlier this year to simply reduce retail hours.