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P. Mills post office on list for reviews

July 27, 2011

    The post office in Pleasant Mills is one of nearly 100 Indiana post offices included in the U.S. Postal Service’s list of facilities it will review as it looks to cut costs.
    The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Some sites might be replaced by stores, libraries or government offices that offer postal services.
    Most of the targeted sites are in rural areas and have low volume.
    Also on the list is Wren, Ohio, in Van Wert County.
    Four on the list for review are in Wells County: Keystone, Liberty Center, Petroleum and Poneto. Two others in Van Wert County are Elgin and Scott.
    Bippus in Huntington County is also on the list.
    Coming under review doesn’t necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for possible closing. So far 280 have been closed and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open.
    Most of the offices that face review are in rural areas and have low volumes of business. As many as 3,000 post offices have only two hours of business a day even though they are open longer, said postal vice president Dean Granholm.
    Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office will have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, they will be able to appeal to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.
    The Postal Service said it is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.
    The financially troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. But many of those may be replaced by what the service is calling Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.
    ‘‘It’s no secret that the Postal Service is looking to change the way we do a lot of things,’’ Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at a briefing. ‘‘We do feel that we are still relevant to the American public and the economy, but we have to make some tough choices.’’
    Currently the post office operates 31,871 retail outlets across the country, down from 38,000 a decade ago, but in recent years business has declined sharply as first-class mail moved to the Internet. In addition, the recession resulted in a decline in advertising mail, and the agency lost $8 billion last year.
    The postal service lost $8 billion last year as more customers shifted to online mail and the recession cut advertising mail. It currently operates nearly 32,000 retail outlets across the country.
    Staff, AP reports
    The post office in Pleasant Mills is one of nearly 100 Indiana post offices included in the U.S. Postal Service’s list of facilities it will review as it looks to cut costs.
    The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study more than 3,600 offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Some sites might be replaced by stores, libraries or government offices that offer postal services.
    Most of the targeted sites are in rural areas and have low volume.
    Also on the list is Wren, Ohio, in Van Wert County.
    Four on the list for review are in Wells County: Keystone, Liberty Center, Petroleum and Poneto. Two others in Van Wert County are Elgin and Scott.
    Bippus in Huntington County is also on the list.
    Coming under review doesn’t necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for possible closing. So far 280 have been closed and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open.
    Most of the offices that face review are in rural areas and have low volumes of business. As many as 3,000 post offices have only two hours of business a day even though they are open longer, said postal vice president Dean Granholm.
    Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office will have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, they will be able to appeal to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.
    The Postal Service said it is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.
    The financially troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. But many of those may be replaced by what the service is calling Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.
    ‘‘It’s no secret that the Postal Service is looking to change the way we do a lot of things,’’ Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at a briefing. ‘‘We do feel that we are still relevant to the American public and the economy, but we have to make some tough choices.’’
    Currently the post office operates 31,871 retail outlets across the country, down from 38,000 a decade ago, but in recent years business has declined sharply as first-class mail moved to the Internet. In addition, the recession resulted in a decline in advertising mail, and the agency lost $8 billion last year.
    The postal service lost $8 billion last year as more customers shifted to online mail and the recession cut advertising mail. It currently operates nearly 32,000 retail outlets across the country.

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