Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Meetings held at Ninde, Sealston post offices
There will be community meetings next week at two King George post offices affected by the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to cut back hours and services.
The meetings are on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and will be held at the Sealston Post Office at 1:30 p.m. and the Ninde Post Office at 3 p.m.
The Postal Service is conducting the meetings to answer questions and provide more information about its Post Office Structure Plan, or POSTplan. The plan was unveiled in May and potentially limits hours of operation at retail windows to two, four or six hours per weekday. The plan affects operations at 13,000 post offices across the nation.
At the community meetings, which started in December, Post Office officials share results of surveys sent to residents who have boxes at the facilities or are within the delivery zip code.
The Postal Service will make a decision about the hours of each facility after the community meetings, according to a press release.
The survey sent to customers had four options:
- Keep the office open based on actual office workload. In the case of the Ninde office, hours would be reduced from eight to four each weekday and stay the same on Saturdays.
- Consider closing the office and offering mailbox delivery through a rural carrier.
- Consider closing the office and offering services, such as stamps and flat-rate products, at a qualifying local business.
- Consider closing the office and providing post-office box service at another post office.