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Community meeting in Cyrus July 22 to consider Post Office options

Cyrus residents have been invited to a town meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:45 p.m. at the city office to discuss options for their Post Office.

Residents with a 56323 zip code got a letter and a survey earlier this year. 

Options listed in the survey included:

1. Keep the office open, but with realigned weekday window service hours, based on actual office workload. In the case of CYRUS PO, hours would be changed from 7.75 hours each weekday to 4 hours per weekday. Current Saturday window service hours will not change as a result of POST Plan and access to your delivery receptacles will not be impacted by POST Plan.

2. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established or maintained and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points. If you currently receive delivery service POST Plan will not affect that service.

3. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the United States Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office may be able to offer.

4. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide P.O. Box service via another nearby Post Office and relocate P.O. Box delivery to that Post Office.  In the event that window service hours are changed

The community meeting is being held to discuss survey results and answer questions.  

U.S. Postal Service  spokesman Peter Nowacki explained that Postal Serive announced plans in May 2012 to keep Post Offices across the country open by realigning retail window hours based on customer use. Under the Post Plan evaluation process, Cyrus was determined to be a 4-hour per day office. Current window hours in Cyrus are 8 a.m.-noon; 12:30-4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8-9:45 a.m. Saturday.  The proposed weekday hours will be adjusted to 4 per day. Saturday hours, delivery services and access to PO Boxes will not be impacted.  

The plan would keep the existing Post Office in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the town’s zip code and community identity would be retained.

The Postal Service stated that Post Plan would be implemented methodically over a two-year period in a multi-phased process and would be completed in September 2014. The timeline has been extended and the Post Plan program now will be finalized in early January 2015. Since the program was announced more than two years ago, 9,166 post offices have had retail operating hours adjusted. 

  • 3,009 offices are now 6-hour offices
  • 4,900 offices are now 4-hour offices
  • 1,257 offices are now 2-hour offices

Nowacki also noted that the Postal Service continues to pursue the establishment of Village Post Offices (VPO) in the communities affected by these changes and in other areas across the country, including communities with Post Offices.VPOs may be established in convenience stores, other local businesses, libraries, etc. — and are managed by the proprietors. By being located inside established businesses and other places consumers already frequent, VPOs offer customers convenience, and in most cases, longer hours than regular Post Offices.  Since 2012, more than 600 VPOs have been established nationwide.

Nowacki said a final decision will be posted approximately a week after the meeting in Cyrus and any changes will not go into effect for at least 30 days after that.