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Summit Station Post Office could cut hours of operation

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The Summit Station Post Office could reduce its hours of operation, if residents agree that is the best course of action.

"We're adjusting hours to match the actual workload," said David Van Allen, regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

Van Allen said in 2011, the postal service considered closing 3,700 "small, poor performing" offices because of declining revenue, a result of a 50 percent drop in first-class mailings over the past 10 years.

The post office now is considering reducing hours at 13,000 facilities to save an estimated $500,000.

"No post offices will close unless the community overwhelmingly chooses it," Van Allen said.

The Summit Station Post Office has 138 boxes, said Ross Crego, review coordinator for Cincinnati office of the U.S. Postal Service.

All 138 customers were sent a survey about the office hours and retail customers could pick up surveys at the office. The survey results will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Summit Station United Methodist Church, 6626 Summit Road SW, Pataskala.

The survey listed options to save money by reducing hours or closing the office.

"Overwhelmingly, the choice of the community is to go ahead and reduce the hours," Crego said.

Crego said during the meeting, residents can ask questions and provide further feedback.

He could not say how far the hours would be reduced but added that the office cannot provide 24-hour access to post office boxes because of the layout.

"Our goal is to provide the same amount of access that they have to their boxes now," he said.

Van Allen said the postal service also wants to enlist local businesses to serve as postal sites. Interested businesses that would consider selling stamps and handling basic mailings can send an email to vpo.inquiry@usps.gov.

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