While Bureau County residents and residents across the country are looking ahead to August and weighing the impact of the end of Saturday delivery, some area residents are already feeling the pinch.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, that will eliminate Saturday delivery with the exception of packages.
However, in May 2012, the Postal Service announced plans to cut the hours of 21 Bureau County post offices, some by as much as 75 percent. The following cuts were announced:
• Cut from eight hours to six hours a day: DePue, Ladd, LaMoille, Sheffield, Tiskilwa and Wyanet.
• Cut from eight hours to four hours a day: Arlington, Buda, Bureau, Cherry, Dalzell, Malden, Manlius, Mineral, Neponset, Ohio and Seatonville.
• Cut from six hours to two hours a day: Dover and Van Orin.
• Cut from four hours to two hours a day: Kasbeer and New Bedford.
According to the announcement, the plan would be implemented gradually and would not be completed until September 2014.
On Wednesday, Beverly Howard of Corporate Communications for the Central Illinois District of the Postal Service, provided an update on the changes already implemented.
On Jan. 14, the Manlius Post Office held a meeting and reduced its hours to four a day, and the New Bedford Post Office held its meeting and reduced its hours to two.
Today, Saturday, reduced hours will take effect at the following post offices:
• Arlington Post Office will reduce its hours to four.
• LaMoille Post Office will reduce its hours to six.
• Ladd Post Office will reduce its hours to six.
• Malden Post Office will reduce its hours to four.
• Tiskilwa Post Office will reduce its hours to six.
In addition, Howard said there will be a meeting at the Neponset Post Office at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21.
Cutting hours and eliminating Saturday delivery are some of the steps taken by the Postal Service to stem a tide of red ink. In November 2012, the Postal Service announced it ended the 2012 Fiscal Year on Sept. 30, 2012, with a record net loss of $15.9 billion, compared to a net loss of $5.1 billion for the same period last year.
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