USPS continues downsizing operations
The United States Postal Service is still in the process of downsizing due to fewer and fewer people sending written letters and utilizing their other services. Postal officials announced on Feb. 23 they will begin shutting down mail room operations in certain areas and moving them to larger cities.
In Kentucky, eight locations will be affected, including Somerset, London and Hazard where operations will be moved to Knoxville, TN. The Campton, KY facility will relocate backroom operations to Louisville. This does not mean that the offices will close, but it could mean some mail will be slower getting to the mailbox.
In a meeting on the potential outcome, spokesperson David Walton said that the change in mail standards is the main change people will see when the operations are consolidated to larger metropolitan areas. Walton said in December of 2011, the Postal Service agreed to postpone closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities before May 15. This was to give Congress and the Administration the opportunity to enact an alternative plan. Earlier this month, postal service officials said its quarterly loss grew to nearly three and a half million dollars. Officials said they need to cut 20 billion dollars by 2015 in order to stay profitable.