Post offices to have meetings on reducing hours

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014

Several post offices in Marengo and Sumter County will have community meetings in coming weeks to discuss a possible reduction in retail hours.

The meetings are part of a two-year plan to reduce hours at rural post offices across Alabama. In all, more than 240 post offices could be affected.

Local post offices in this last round of community meetings include:

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•Dixon Mills. zip code 36736, July 2 at 5 p.m. at Rockbabylon Church Annex on U.S. Highway 43.

•Nanafalia, zip code 36764, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Old School House on County Road 9.

•Myrtlewood, zip code 36763, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Community House on Magnolia Street.

The Nanafalia and Myrtlewood post offices, along with those in Bellamy and Jefferson, were among 3,700 locations nationwide the USPS has been considering closing since 2011.

The four post offices have remained open but operate on a part-time schedule.

At the time, all the post offices facing possible closure had so little traffic that workers averaged less than two hours of work per day and average sales were less than $50 a day.