The U.S. Postal Service has announced the possible closing of 178 post offices in Iowa – mainly in small towns. Some 37-hundred (3,700) post offices nationwide are part of the so-called “expanded access study” after the Postal Service posted an $8.5 billion net loss in the 2010 fiscal year. That’s almost 23-million dollars the Postal Service is losing every day.
A release from the U.S. Postal Service says that in towns where post offices were closed, services would be switched to so-called “village post offices” located in private retail locations – including convenience stores. The Postal Service’s press release indicates 35 percent of the agency’s retail revenue comes from “such places as grocery stores, self-service kiosks and the agency’s website.
On the potential chopping block in our area are the post offices in Archer and Calumet. But widen the scope just a little, and there are many area post offices under consideration in the latest study, including Ayrshire, Brunsville, Cleghorn, Gillett Grove, Larabee, Linn Grove, Marathon, Meriden, Oyens, Quimby, Webb and Westfield.
According to Corporate Communications Representative Richard Watkins with the Postal Service — other post offices that had already been on the list of those considered for closure such as the ones in Harris, Ashton, and Alvord were not included on the list, but are still under consideration for closure.
The Postal Service is calling the change a change for the better, as people will be able to get postal products in more places — such as the convenience stores mentioned earlier, and mail delivery will be more efficient if the postal service doesn’t have to maintain as many buildings and pay as many salaries.
By Scott Van Aartsen