The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) continues to develop its new plan to save money, as it begins conducting meetings across the country in communities where it plans to make changes to the postal service available to patrons.
Among those where changes are going to take place is the Vesta Post Office, and USPS officials from the area were in the community this past Wednesday night to outline those changes. As was proposed in May as part of the USPS POST plan, the Vesta location is going to have its hours of operation cut in half – from eight hours per day to four – starting as early as 30 days from now.
While the details of the hours still remains to be determined, a survey of Vesta patrons was sent out, and based on the responses the initial plan would be to have the window open for customers from 11:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. every day, with Saturday hours from 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Carol Noble, postmaster in Marshall, Darial Klabunde, Redwood Falls postmaster and Carol Jenniges, Vesta’s officer in charge led the meeting explaining the plan.
“The final decision is going to be made in the next two weeks,” said Noble, adding the number of hours is not going to change, but the final window times might. “About 30 days from now the change takes place.”
The final hours of operation for the Vesta facility are going to be determined by the final decision about rural carriers. If those carriers remain located out of the Vesta office, the hours would continue as announced, but if those carriers are located out of another office, such as Redwood Falls, Noble said the hours might be earlier in the day.
It all comes down to cost, she explained, adding while the window is only going to be open for a limited number of hours, a plan is being discussed that would mean keeping the lobby area open to allow patrons to access their post office boxes.
Noble also said there is the potential for a village post office in the community that could help to extend the services in the community, as a local business could offer stamps for sale to patrons.
Changes, said Noble, are based on revenue and mail volume, and the current use at Vesta led to the decision to reduce hours.
More than 30 residents of the Vesta area were in attendance at the meeting to find out more about the plan and to ask questions.
Noble said not all of the issues have been worked out, adding information about the changes is going to be posted at the Vesta location as they become official.
More information regarding these changes can be found at usps.com.