, Muskogee, OK

April 9, 2013

USPS right to keep open post office

— U.S. Postal Service administrators did the right thing in managing its resources and responding to a community’s concerns.

The U.S. Postal Service had targeted the Webbers Falls Post Office for closure — along with another 319 post offices in the state.

After reading surveys sent to Webbers Falls residents and listening to their concerns, the Postal Service chose to keep their post office open, but cut back its hours of operation.

“We’re not closing the post office, we’re just realigning the hours of operation,” said Kim Kerns, manager of post office operations for the Postal Service.

A crowd of about 90 concerned Webbers Falls residents had rallied outside their post office recently to protest the potential closing.

Instead, they heard Kerns tell them the Postal Service had changed its mind.

“I can’t change the number of hours the post office will be open, but I can tweak the time of day,” Kerns told the crowd.

The Postal Service has been hurt by email and other package delivery services.

The Postal Service had hoped to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail to help with losses reported to be about $16 billion last year.

But for many communities, a post office is its life blood.

Webbers Falls residents told the Postal Service they needed and wanted their post office.

The U.S. Postal Service did the right thing in listening to its consumers.

Hours of operation

The Webbers Falls Post Office will be open six hours each weekday and will offer six-day delivery.

Tentative hours of operation:

• 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Closed Saturday and Sunday.

• Closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch.