Postal Service plans to cut hours for Damascus office

DAMASCUS- A reduction in hours has been proposed for the Damascus Post Office.

Postal customers will likely see a reduction of two hours a day Monday through Friday under the proposal, according to Canton Postmaster David Curry. The proposed weekday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with lunch from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday hours will remain 8 to 11:30 a.m.

A decision to implement the proposed hours will be posted inside the post office within two weeks and take effect after 60 days, Curry said.

The U.S. Postal Service announced the plans at a public meeting Tuesday at the Damascus Fire Station where Curry discussed the POST plan, an evaluation of revenue and traffic at 13,000 post offices nationwide including several in the area.

“Washington has determined this is the way to save money due to the loss in actual use of the post office,” Curry said via telephone Wednesday afternoon, noting a 27 percent decrease in use the past five years. “This isn’t something that we want to do, and it’s not just happening here; it’s happening across the nation.”

Curry said the USPS sent surveys to 207 Damascus customers in an attempt to gauge public opinion. He said 93 customers returned the surveys, 94 percent of which preferred an adjustment in hours.

Upcoming USPS public meetings in the area include Homeworth at 1 p.m. today at the fire station and North Benton at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church. No meeting has been scheduled for the North Georgetown customers.

Last week the USPS proposed a reduction in hours at the Beloit post office of 7 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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