Draper and Harrold to Hold Meetings on Post Office Hours This Week

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UNDATED – (DRG News) Meetings continue this week in some South Dakota towns, where the U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce counter service hours at post offices.  A meeting will be tomorrow in Draper and Thursday in Harrold.  More than 220 South Dakota post offices were listed on a postal service website as locations that could see changes in retail hours.  Pete Nowacki, a Minneapolis based spokesman for the Postal Service, says meetings started at some of the proposed postal offices in October and they will continue through next week.  After a break for the holidays, Nowacki says meetings will resume after the first of the year.  He says the office hour changes will be rolled out across the state over a two year period.  Nowacki indicates that surveys are being sent out ahead of time to patrons whose post offices could see changes in hours…along with a notice on when their local meeting will be.

At each meeting, Nowacki says postal officials tell patrons what the results of their local survey were and then they answer questions.

The postal service proposes reducing the hours at the Draper office from the current 6 ¾ hours Monday through Friday and two hours and fifteen minutes on Saturday to two hours those six days of the week.  Officer in Charge Jackie Boyle says if the change is made, it will be the second reduction since 2006.

In Harrold, the postal service proposal calls for reducing the Monday through Friday window hours from eight hours to four hours.  Tomorrow’s meeting in Draper will be at 5:00 p.m. at the Draper Post Office and in Harrold, the Thursday meeting also starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Harrold Post Office.

Nowacki says postal officials are taking feedback from meetings and they announce any changes that are made within weeks after each gathering.  Meetings have already been held in St. Lawrence, Wessington, Wolsey, Quinn, Wood, Dupree, Herreid, and otherSouth Dakotacommunities-with several more to be scheduled in future weeks and months.

See the list of proposed office hour changes by visiting http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/our-future-network/assets/pdf/postplan-affected-post-offices-120509.pdf

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