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January 23, 2013

Pulaski post office hours to be considered tonight

NEW CASTLE — A meeting will be held in Pulaski tonight to discuss a proposed reduction in hours at the local post office.

The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Pulaski Elementary School, 320 Shenango St.

The U.S. Postal Service, which will conduct the meeting, has proposed reducing service hours from eight to four.

Pulaski is one of Lawrence County’s rural post offices  being considered for possible reduced hours.

A similar meeting was conducted at Villa Maria in October. The postal service reduced Villa Maria’s post office hours to four.

The service hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The new schedule went into effect Jan. 12.

Also  being considered for reduced hours are post offices in Edinburg, Enon Valley, Hillsville, New Bedford, Wampum and West Pittsburg.

Community meetings for those locations have yet to be scheduled.

Tad Kelley, spokesman for the postal service in western Pennsylvania, said prior to the community meetings residents are given a survey asking their preference for available options regarding the future status of their post office.

At the community meetings, such as tonight’s in Pulaski, postal management will share the results of the survey and answer questions.

According to the postal service, all information from the survey and comments made at the meetings will be considered in making decisions regarding the status of the postal facilities.

The proposed reduction in operating hours is referred to as the POST Plan, which was established to keep small post offices open if a community desires.

The proposal is part of the postal service’s overall plan to cut costs. The plan would affect 13,000 small post offices nationwide and will take two years to implement.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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