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Will USPS cuts affect your town? Local spokesman describes process

USPS will look at each of our country's 32,000 post offices individually, before deciding to close or consolidate USPS will look at each of our country's 32,000 post offices individually, before deciding to close or consolidate
The location of each post office will play a role in plans to consolidate or close, said Watkins The location of each post office will play a role in plans to consolidate or close, said Watkins
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Will plans to close some 2000 post offices nationwide affect your town?  We should know in the next several months.

The Postal Service announced those plans this week, sighting fewer customers and loss of revenue.

Richard Watkins is the spokesman for the Mid-America branch of the Postal Service out of Kansas City, Kansas.

"Over the next several months, we'll be moving to study whether or not different post offices, stations, and branches, can be consolidated while maintaining good customer service," Watkins said. "And that's the key for us."

According to Watkins, the USPS will look at each of our country's 32,000 post offices individually, before deciding to close or consolidate.

"Every post office, regardless of size, has a different number of customers, different number of box holders," he pointed out. "They have different transportation networks that they're part of, different mail volume, different number of employees."

Watkins also says, the location of each post office will play a role in plans to consolidate or close.

"Is there one within several miles? Is it 15 or 20 miles away? That is a determining factor also," he stressed.

And if your community faces a change in postal service due to a closing or consolidation, Watkins says community meetings will be held to answer any questions or concerns before moving forward.

"If it's a change in retail hours or if we propose to consolidate a post office with another post office, we will host community meetings so that there's input from our customers in that particular community so that we can answer their questions moving forward," Watkins said.

He also says our region will not be impacted by plans to cut 7500 jobs and close seven district post offices.

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