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Coalport post office forced to make changes to hours
Friday, January 11, 2013
By Annie Lynn Staff Writer
COALPORT- Approximately 30-35 residents attended a meeting last night at the Glendale Fire Co. building to learn the fate of the post office in Coalport.
Post Office Operations Manager, Joseph Scherder, explained the reason for the meeting, noting that in the past five years the postal service has lost 40 billion transactions per year. The post office faces a financial challenge and needs to make changes, he added.
A survey was sent to Coalport residents about four weeks ago seeking opinions as to what, of four options, would be the better solution for the their community post office.
The options were: realignment of hours, home delivery, a village post office or moving service to a neighboring post office. Of the 948 surveys mailed to households, 364 were returned. Of those returned, eighty-nine percent or 307 households, chose realignment of hours.
Eighteen selected the delivery option, three chose the village post office and none agreed to changing to a nearby post office.
Scherder noted that after reviewing the surveys and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, the retail hours for the Coalport facility will likely be changed to Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch from 12-1 p.m. Saturday hours will remain at 8-11:30 a.m.
Several residents then spoke, often in frustration, concerning the plan for changes to operation procedures at Coalport. Scherder fielded questions and suggestions regarding survey results, operating times, how this will help save money, what happens to the people who must pick up mail early, and one resident suggesting there are other was to save money. A resident asked also how the determination was made and by whom. Sherder noted the changes are due to finances and an employee in Pittsburgh is in charge of gathering information about each post office, reviewing the surveys and offering suggestions for changes. Another resident also asked that if the postal service is cutting hours to save money, then how much was he, Scherder, getting paid to conduct these meetings.
"I'm salaried," he replied, "and it makes no difference how many hours a day I work."
Another resident voiced concern about the caring aspect of the Postal Service, and Scherder replied that the Postal Service does care for its employees. He then explained how they have worked throughout this process to accommodate employees. Some of those ways have been early retirement offers or the opportunity to move to a different location.
"This is not the best news you can hear, but it is a plan to keep your post office open," he said. "I ask each resident to support their post office as much as they can with their business."
Following the meeting, residents Jack Rupp and Jack Gallaher told The Progress that the Coalport Post Office is basically a very busy post office.
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