By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
Residents of Old Fields were not happy to hear the hours at their post office are being reduced. About a dozen gathered at a meeting to explain the reduction held Thursday, July 24 at the Old Fields Baptist Church.
About a month ago, residents in Old Fields received a survey from the United States Postal Service. The survey offered several alternatives for reducing expenses at the Old Fields Post Office. The options included reduced hours, discontinuance with roadside mail boxes, discontinuance with the Village Post Office option and discontinuance.
A Village Post Office would be located within a business, library, town hall or government center. They are managed by the respective owner or manager.
A total of 393 surveys were mailed and 133 were returned. Of those, 96 percent said they preferred a reduction of hours.
Patty Jessee, manager of Post Office Operations for Area 9, which includes communities with Zip Codes beginning with 254, 267 and 268, told those at the meeting, the USPS has faced serious challenges in the past several years.
“The sale of stamps and other products has declined because transactions are being done online,” she said. “More than 40 billion transactions have left the postal service.”
To compensate for the loss of revenue, the postal service has eliminated positions, consolidated post offices and frozen salaries, Jessee said.
“The letter and survey explained the Post Plan,” she said. “Post Office hours are being reduced to two, four or six hours. To preserve your Post Office, we need to realign the hours.”