Local Post Offices Face Threat Of Closing

Thousands of post offices are being considered for closure across the country. The Postmaster General released the list Tuesday of locations under review.

Some do not sell enough stamps to cover employee costs, while others are surrounded by alternative options. There's a plan to replace shuttered offices with "village post offices." These alternatives would be locations such as general stores which would contract for postal services at major savings.

E-mail is replacing snail mail more every year, and times are tough for the post office. During these hard times, more Eastern Carolina post offices have found themselves on the chopping block.

The U.S. Postal Service headquarters listed the ECU Station Post Offices on a list of 20 North Carolina offices that could close. A 140 day study has just begun on offices across the country, and the locations that are found to not be financially viable will close.

Other Eastern Carolina offices on the study list include locations in Edward, Hassell, Speed, Jacksonville, Cedar Island, Comfort and Holly Ridge.

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The Postal Service is launching a study of thousands of local post offices for possible closure in an effort to save money.

The cash-strapped agency, which lost $8 billion last year, scheduled a briefing today at which it's expected to announce the action.

Most of the approximately 3,600 offices that face reviews are in rural areas, but postal officials say they're looking into alternate service, such as locating offices in local businesses, town halls or community centers.

In those cases the so-called Village Post Office would replace one to be closed.

Coming under review doesn't necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for closing. So far, 280 have been shut and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open.

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing the New Bern Post Office. The location may consolidate with the post office in James City. Officials sent out a survey to customers who have until July 29th to voice their comments and concerns.

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  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    The lack of need and costsaving is leading to the downsizing, hopefully they will find the good balance and not over cut the Postal Service. Don't like to see people loosing their livelyhood, maybe they can find work at FED EX; etc.
  • by ECU PO holder Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    We have had a PO Box at the ECU station for 7 years now. Over the last year that station has gotten worse. Our mail is always in someone else's box and we get other peoples mail all the time. There is only 1 employee there that is good with the customers. They use to have mail in the po box by 8am then in went to 9am, now we are lucky to see it by noon.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2011 at 04:51 PM in reply to ECU PO holder
      kind of reminds you of the license plate office huh ? Ever try to complain about the service to the NCDMV ?? It's impossible. The contractors at the license plate office in New Bern can be rude and unhelpful and no one cares. Trust me, I tried to file a complaint against one of the ladies there.
  • by Pro PO Location: Greenville on Jul 29, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    I always find it a shame that some people just love to run their mouths about things they don't know anything about. All this talk about shut it down, people are overpaid, and lazy is just terrible. Try and have some heart. Most people wouldn't last an hour having a mail carriers job, I know I wouldn't. Being in the sweltering heat all day, on your feet, dealing with people would not be an enjoyable job. And trust me they are not overpaid, oh how I wish they would pay more considering the money that is paid is what feeds my family and I'm sure not able to quit my job and stay home because my spouse is "overpaid". Not to mention the late days that are worked, and never having your loved one home on Saturdays. Be thankful for the jobs you have and quit running off at the mouth about things you don't know, and understand and have some heart.
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      by jerry on Jul 29, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to Pro PO
      Postal workers must be evil, `cause they put bills in my P.O. box.....
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      by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to Pro PO
      mr, I work at a plant, 12 hr shifts, rotate between nights and days twice a week, all of our equipment is at least 160 degrees, some 300 some 200 so in otherwords IT'S HOTTTTT. I work 2 weekends a month, I don't get off any holidays unless they fall on my normal off time.... so don't tell me about a BAD JOB. I know plenty that have it worse than me. Ever seen those guys laying asphault in the summer ???? Postal jobs, perks, high pay, off time is a BREEZE !
  • by Email Rules on Jul 28, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Oh well overpaid staff and not enough business. Humm close non performing offices. Sounds like a smart decision. Having a panel review them for a 140 days, wasted money. CLOSE EM DOWN, sell the property.
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      by john on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:54 AM in reply to Email Rules
      They can't sell them, because most of them are leased and have been leased for hundreds of years!
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      by Chuck on Jul 29, 2011 at 02:06 PM in reply to Email Rules
      Close the under performing ones down Yes.If that happened 90% of them would close. Cannot sell the property.PO does not own the property.Leases it,which is another part of the problem. "UNDERPRICING THE SERVICES IS THE PROBLEM".
  • by PO patron Location: winterville on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    I would much rather have my mail delivery reduced than to close down the Post Office. Some things must be mailed, not emailed. Winterville PO has nice professionals and are always busy when I go there.
  • by Concerned Location: Windsor on Jul 27, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    OK how about all these people posting negative comments up here. I hope you lose your job also. Thats even if you have one.
  • by DRC Location: WILSON,NC on Jul 27, 2011 at 01:00 PM
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      by Harry Paratesties on Jul 29, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to DRC
  • by m on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    It's a dying over costly operation time to down size and modernize...
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Shut 'er down ! Close, conserve and tighten your belts ! A little walk to the downtown office will be healthy for you !
  • by George on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    If you want to see slow motion in action go to two of the three post offices in Kinston. I drive a mile out of my way just to go to the post office near Wal-Mart. Some employees at the other two post offices make you feel that they are reluctantly waiting on people just because they have to and if they make you wait long enough maybe you won't come back.
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