Public Meeting Set On Kinston Mail Center Future

The U.S. Postal Service wants your input on whether its Kinston mail processing center should remain open.

The Postal Service is considering closing the downtown center and moving those operations to Fayetteville to save money. Ninety-four people work at the facility.

A public meeting will be held this coming Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lenoir Community College to get public input on the possible closure.

Postal Service spokeswoman Monica Robbs says district officials have forwarded their proposal to the Postal Service's area office in Maryland, but a final decision won't be made until after public input is received.

The Kinston center processes mail for most of Eastern Carolina.


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  • by fred on May 11, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    All 285 residents, Mail comments concerning the closing of the Kinston P&DF to: Consumer Affairs Manager, Mid Carolinas District, 2901 Scott Futrell Drive, Charlotte, NC 28228-9976,postmarked by May 24, 2011. Also, take email survey:kinstonlocalarea2196.com You all can help keeping the Kinston P&DF open.
  • by fred on May 8, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    I met with Mr. Ray Rogers, Mr. Butterfields, District Director, Mr. Russ Haddad, Mr. Butterfields, Director-Economic Development & Business Outreach, for over 40 minutes, they were both very interested in what the USPS is doing with the Kinston P&DF and will pass on the information we discussed to Mr. Butterfield. Myself and William Smith met with Mr. Walter B. Jones Congressional Aide, Mr. William L. Moore for more than 1 hr to discuss the situation at the Kinston P&DF and how it will affect the 285 zip code area for ever. William Smith and I met with the Kinston City Council headed by Mayor B J. Murphy and discussed how the USPS AMP Study and possible moving of the mail operations will affect the Kinston area. William Smith and I are scheduled to meet with Rep. Stehen A. LaRoque on Monday and discuss the situation with the USPS. We are the constituents of all the above mentioned, use your computers, telephones, twitter to let them know how you feel and are affected, Please!
  • by fred on May 8, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Congressman Walter B. Jones Congressional Aide, Mr. William L. Moore email: WilliamL.Moore@mail.house.gov U.S. House of Representatives,G.K. Butterfield, Mr.A. Ray Rogers, District Director:RayRogers@mail.house.gov We need transparency in the numbers the USPS will announce. Mr. Jones and Mr. Butterfield can request a investigation by the GAO or the OIG into the final AMP Study, we are their constituents in the 285 zip code area,they are our voice to the USPS. We need to keep what we have at the Kinston P&DF and bring back the mail the USPS took to Fayetteville. It would cost very little to bring back the mail and keep the great service to all. Email the above with comments, PLEASE!
  • by Dennis Doyle Location: lenoir county on May 7, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone in the 285 mailing area can stand by and let the postal bureaucrats that work and reside in western N.C. take away the services we provide for our own communities. We as a whole need to stand up for eastern N.C. and just say no to closing Kinston! so lets all rally together and tell our elected officials to put a stop to this nonsense and keep our mail at home! We need YOU! Fayetteville cannot provide you the same great service we do. The Kinston processing plant is rated in the top 5 facilities in the nation. lets keep it that way. Petition you're representatives today! thank you all!
  • by William Location: New Bern on May 5, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    I know that numbers can twisted. No member of this consolidation has visited the Kinston plant to actually see what is going on. Service has suffered since the first consolidation a year. Has the postal service considered that the mail decline could be due to the service? Everyone in the 285 area code should come to the meeting and see the postal service executives in action.
  • by fred Location: Kinston,NC on May 5, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Everyone should call their Senators, House of Representatives and ask for a GAO or OIG investigation concerning the closing of the Kinston P&DF. Everyone from the 285 zip code area should come to the meeting and demand transparency in the USPS numbers. Come to the meeting at 6:00 pm on May 9, 2011 at Lenoir Community College an voice your concerns.
  • by Patrick D Parsons Location: snow hill on May 5, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    The USPS is deceptive to its employees and the public it serves. They notify the public that they are holding a town meeting before making a decision to close kinston plant however they have already broke ground on building a new plant expansion in fayetteville to house the employees being moved there from kinston. So how does building a million dollar expansion save money? How does paying private trucking companies more money to move the mail further and slower save money? How does forcing employees who have worked for the usps 10 or more years to quite their jobs because they can't afford to move their families to fayetteville save money for the tax payers? Why does our own government allow for laws to be made against employees protest but not allow for the truth or equality in rights?
  • by Crystal Doyle Location: kinston on May 5, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    The Kinston Plant handles all of the 285 mail in eastern N.C. with the furthest at cedar point being about 140 miles from kinston, if you move the mail to fayettville that means not only will they uproot families from their homes and jobs but the usps will be paying a private trucking company to drive the mail from fayettville to location which is 440 miles away. This will not save money for the usps other than forcing loyal employees to resign their position and loose their job without the posibility of unemployment or be forced to move to fayettville with their whole family and pay for 2 homes in most cases. There is a huge landslide to the economics across the 285 service area. How many unemployed, how many new applicants will be created for government assistance?
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    I believe we will see more sorting centers closed due to economics. Let's think about this. In the past the USPS had a monoply. Not anymore. We can pay bills via the internet or by phone.We can write a letter,pay postage or simply email. As hard as the United States Postal Service tries to become more efficient and reduce costs, it a losing battle. Primarily because of retirement and benefit packages. They have become more efficient and the speed of delivery has been much improved. It is never a good thing when a person is laid off from their job. The information super highway has rendered the USPS obsolete except for basic services.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    If they would charge for junk mail the same they charge for me to send a letter there problems would be solved. If they did away with junk mail they could run 2-3 days a week.
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      by blah blah on May 8, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to
      If you think that solves anything you are wrong how about we all just stand by and let the postal service go away. HaHa bet alot of you think that but how will you feel when you have to pay 5 dollars at the least to send one letter or card.
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