Hours could be cut at post office

Published 2:41 pm Friday, July 18, 2014

United States Postal Service officials will hold a meeting in the coming days to discuss options regarding scaling back of postal services in Forest Home.

An informational meeting will be held at Forest Home Baptist Church Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The USPS is considering reducing the number of hours the Forest Home Post Office is open. It is currently open eight hours a day. Officials with the USPS are considering reducing its hours of operation to four hours a day.

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Residents are hoping to convince USPS officials not to reduce the office’s hours.

“The Forest Home community is grateful to all who have supported our local post office,” said Fred Thompson, coordinator of the Save Our Post Office Committee. “For a number of years our revenue has well exceeded the expenses, yet the USPS is threatening to reduce our hours by 50 percent. … We urge all our friends and supporters to attend (the meeting).”

The meeting is part of a two-year plan to reduce hours at rural post offices across Alabama. In all, more than 240 post offices could be affected.

Officials with the USPS will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information about the proposed changes.