OTIS, Kansas – Rural post offices are seeing the effects of a struggling United States Postal Service with some central Kansas post offices drastically reducing their hours.
“It makes it a little more difficult when we don’t get a chance to go to the post office usually until after lunch and they’re closed down,” said Amber Zink-Quesenbury a secretary at Midstate Farmers Co-op.
An inconvenience for business owners when rural post offices could see their hours cut to only two to six hours a day.
The post office in Otis is generally only open until 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
“Many of the jobs in these post offices have shifted or will shift from full time to part time positions, and post masters and offices having their hours reduced will have an opportunity to apply for several postage out vacancies,” said Brian Sperry, a regional spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service.
The postal service has been sending surveys to rural communities all over the United State asking them if they’d like to keep their post office, but so far none of them have been shut down, but hours have been reduced depending on the post offices work load.
“At least we’ve got one, but it would be nice to at least have normal hours, I mean even a couple hours in the afternoon would help out a lot,” said Zink-Quesenbury.
The USPS. says thanks to things like online bill pay the postal service customer is simply different, and the USPS must change.
“Our customers mailing habits have changed and we’re just trying to adjust the number of facilities that we have, the number of hours that we allow. we’re just trying to adjust to the workload,” said Sperry.
The postal service plans on cutting hours at thirteen thousand post offices nationwide.
You can get a link telling which offices will reduce hours at USPS.com.