What is Post Plan?
The United States Postal Service is moving forward with Post Plan, a plan that preserves rural Post Offices across the country open by modifying retail hours to match customer use, ensures that access to delivery receptacles remains unchanged, and retains ZIP Code and community identities.
Post Plan will be implemented in a methodical process. Using a multi-phased approach over the next two years, the process will be completed in September 2014.
All of the Postal Service’s 67 districts have begun the two-year process of notifying affected communities, not just in one geographic location but nationwide. The people of these communities will be informed of the changed hours of operations of their local Post Offices and other options available to them. This outreach will be accomplished through community meetings.
The USPS Newsroom contains http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/our-future-network/welcome.htm, which has the most recent information concerning our plans.
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Post Plan FAQ - Information on Meetings
- Will the Postal Service conduct meetings in all locations — even in areas that held meetings previously?
Yes, meetings will be conducted in all locations under consideration for this new operating alternative, except for locations where the Post Office has already physically been closed.
- Does this mean the Post Offices slated to close from the announcement last July will remain open?
If it is decided that keeping the Post Office in place and adjusting hours will efficiently serve the respective community, the Post Office will continue to operate with modified hours. A Post Office will remain open unless a community has a strong preference for one of the other options.
- Where will the community meetings be held?
The decision on where the meetings will be held will be made by local management. They will likely be held inside the local Post Office.
- What time of the day will the community meetings be held?
The decision on when the meetings will be held will be made by local management and will be noted on the letter each resident will receive. They will likely be held between 12 noon – 7pm.
- Will meetings be held during the weeks of Thanksgiving and/or Christmas?
No meetings will be held during those weeks in 2012 or 2013.
- What information will be shared during the community meetings?
Community meeting attendees will be given a customized informational handout detailing the results of the survey for that respective community — how many residents voted for each option, for example. All information received from the survey and comments made at the meeting will be taken into account to make the decisions regarding the status of the Post Office.
- What if a resident cannot attend the community meeting, how can they