U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce hours at 3 area post offices

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 2:16 p.m. CDT; updated 8:11 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Wooldridge post office is shown in this file photo from August 2011. The post office was on a list for possible closure, but the U.S. Postal Service said it will not close it, though it will have reduced hours along with the Franklin and Arrow Rock post offices.

COLUMBIA — Three rural Missouri post offices face reduced hours but will not be closing their doors.

Franklin, Wooldridge and Arrow Rock post offices in mid-Missouri will have their retail hours reduced by more than half, according to U.S. Postal Service Customer Relations Coordinator Micki Jones. The U.S. Postal Service is trying to keep all of its smallest post offices around, Jones said.

The Postal Service will begin these and many other reductions in Missouri and nationwide this summer, with plans to consolidate its network of 461 mail processing locations in two phases.

Other post office consolidations will include moving mail-processing operations from smaller to larger facilities. No post office closures have been announced.

“We simply do not have the mail volumes to justify the size and capacity of our current mail processing network," said Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and chief executive officer of the Postal Service, in a press release. "To return to long-term profitability and financial stability while keeping mail affordable, we must match our network to the anticipated workload.”

The Postal Service projects a $14 billion net loss in 2012, according to the release. When the consolidations will be fully implemented in 2014, the Postal Service expects about $2.1 billion in annual cost reductions and a total workforce reduction of up to 28,000 employees, the release said.

Franklin Post Office's current working hours per day will be reduced from 8 hours to 2 hours; Wooldridge Post Office's will be reduced from 6 hours to 2 hours; and Arrow Rock Post Office's will be reduced from 8 hours to 4 hours. The post offices are closed on Sunday.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Richard Saunders June 7, 2012 | 3:18 p.m.

God forbid someone in Franklin having to go all the way to New Franklin to go to the PO.

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