Many post offices in southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska are slated to have reduced hours of retail service.
Approval of the Post Office Structure Plan (POStPlan) by the Postal Regulatory Commission last week cleared the way for this process to begin. It doesn’t seem to be making much news right now, but I’m guessing that will change in the coming weeks as post offices get notifications of the plan and community meetings are scheduled.
More than 13,000 rural post offices across the nation will have their retail window hours reduced to six, four or two hours each weekday.
Retail window service hours are proposed to be reduced to six hours in the following area communities: Avon, Centerville, Menno, Springfield and Viborg. In Nebraska, Verdigre and Wausa will go to six hours.
Post offices slated to go to four hours are: Bridgewater, Gayville, Irene, Lesterville, Mission Hill, Tabor and Wakonda. In Nebraska, Center, Fordyce, Newcastle and Wynot will go to four hours.
Post offices scheduled to go to two hours are: Utica and Volin. In Nebraska, Magnet and St. Helena will go to two hours.
Elk Point, Freeman, Lake Andes, Vermillion, Wagner and Yankton will maintain eight hours of service, as will Bloomfield, Creighton, Crofton, Hartington, Laurel, Niobrara, Osmond, Plainview, Ponca and Randolph in Nebraska.
A story with more information will appear in Wednesday’s edition of the Press & Dakotan.
“Save The Post Office” covers this issue in depth.