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February 13, 2013

Post office changing window hours in Holly Pond

HOLLY POND — Another local post office will soon be experiencing changes in its window hours.

Residents in Holly Pond were informed during a town meting late last week operating hours at the town’s post office during the week would be realigned, and become 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday window service hours won’t be affected, as those hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The change would be effective at the end of March or first of April.

“It will be a very minimal impact, other than we are open a little later, and close at relatively the same time,” Willie Trawick, a representative from the United States Postal Service, told those in attendance. “Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced, and access to deliver receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours.”

Of the 1,434 surveys sent out to residents for feedback, Trawick said 257 of those chose the realignment of hours. Fifteen residents preferred home delivery options.

“One of the big things we got in the feedback is people telling us, ‘No, we want our post office,’” Trawick said.

In addition to Holly Pond, it was announced last week Baileyton will too seek realignment of their post office window hours. Trawick said there are roughly 77 small towns in Alabama dealing with the issue as part of a review of small town post offices.

As at both meetings, Trawick told residents what keeps small town post office’s open such as their’s, is the purchasing of products and services the organization has to offer.

“We always talk about the traffic and customers coming in and purchasing our products and services,” he said. “That’s what keeps these small town post offices vital. That keeps the doors and windows open. So if you want to keep them there from now on, continue buying those products and services.”

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

 

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