B y Dan King
Postal Service officials announced on Monday that the Huletts Landing Post Office would remain open, but that the hours of operation would be reduced to four hours per day.
In the fall of 2012 the United States Postal Service began a two-year nationwide process of notifying communities of potential changes to their post office hours. Residents of the communities that could see post office hours change, received questionnaires to voice their opinion on what should happen to their respective post offices.
About 13,000 post offices nationwide have seen their hours reduced by this program, some dropping to six hours, some four hours and others down to two hours per day.
The Post Office sent out 231 surveys to those in the Huletts Landing postal code and received responses from 136, with 98 of the 136 wanting the office to remain open.
Postal Service officials said that the reduction in hours is tailored to meet the needs of the Huletts Landing community.
“The modified retail hours are designed to match customer use.” Maureen Marion, USPS media contact for central New York and the Capital Region said.
Thus far, all that is known about the hours of operation is that they will be reduced to four hours. Some suggested that the office be open from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. while others preferred the option of 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
It is unsure when the new hours of operation will take place, but officials said that they will be implemented relatively soon.
“Implementation of the changes can vary but all offices, nationwide, will be in their new operating hours no later than January.” Marion explained, “Many will be in place by fall.”
Saturday hours at the office will remain the same, as will access to postal boxes. These hourly reductions simply impact weekday retail operations.