Hours Being Cut at Local Post Offices

Posted at: 10/25/2012 4:43 PM
Updated at: 10/25/2012 6:56 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Business at local post offices has gone down over the last ten years. With smaller volumes, and fewer people coming through the door, the United States Postal Service has had to make some cuts.

It's arguably one of the busiest places in the small town of Dexter; the post office.

"I come here every day," said long time customer Sandy Everson. 

And for Vance Erie, getting mail from his P.O Box is something he's been doing for as long as he can remember.

"My folks had it since '47. Same one," he said.

But for the small town landmark, changes are coming.

"In some of these communities, its become very difficult for us to justify leaving the window open for eight hours a day, when we might only get five customers coming in during that time," said Postal Service Spokesman Peter Nowacki.

To save money, the USPS is making cuts across the country. That means reduced hours in some locations like Dexter, Lansing and Racine.

Even though there will be shorter hours, the post offices are not closing, at least not for now.

"There's no way to predict the future to that extent. Our plan for now is that we're going to remain in these communities and remain a part of them and stay open," said Nowacki.

"I'd hate to see that happen. But I also realize too economically.." said Erie.

So as long as their post office stays open, customers say they can deal with the changes.

"I guess that won't be so bad if we don't totally lose it. I don't want to totally lose it," said customer Sandy Everson.

"This is kind of the last thing. Hopefully, we're able to keep it, at least for the few hours they say you can. I'll be happy about that," added Dixie Jach.

Community meetings were held this week in both Dexter and Lansing.