Local impact from Post Office cuts

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No Saturday deliveries, reduced hours among plans

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Mail delivery will stop on Saturdays and other post offices will have scaled back hours later this year as the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service deals with losing $15.9 billion last year.

Mike Tomlin of Goshen said cutting out Saturday delivery wouldn’t be much of an impact on him. He was holding pieces of mail at the Cape May Court House Post Office Monday morning.

“They have to do what they have to do,” he said.

He said he gets deliveries at his monument dealer business in Cape May Court House and he has a Post Office box.

“I can see why they’re doing it. I think it’s kind of sad,” said Joan McKnight of Seaville as she was leaving the Cape May Court House Post Office.

She said she’ll have to get her bills in the mail earlier because of the Postal Service cutting deliveries on Saturdays. McKnight said she doesn’t pay any bills online.

The Postal Service will continue to deliver packages six days a week. Post Office Box mail will continue to be delivered, and Post Offices will stay open on Saturdays.

The plan, which the U.S. Postal Service hopes will save $2 billion a year, will start the week of Aug. 5.

“We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, in a news release.

Moving to a five-day a week mail delivery has been in talks for several years, according to a press release from the U.S. Postal Service.

“Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform,” said Donahoe. “As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services –  especially due to the rise of e-commerce — we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses.” 

The U.S. Postal Service says there is support for ending Saturday delivery. Seventy percent of Americans back the move, according to market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations.

In January, the Postal Service Board of Governors pushed management to move quicker in reorganizing Postal Service operations to boast Postal Service finances, according to news release.

The plan will involve employees being reassigned and reduction of staff through attrition.

The Postal Service is looking to Congress to make changes that would give the mail agency more control with its costs and revenue.

The Postal Service is funded by sales from postage, products and services and it gets no tax dollars.

In addition to cutting Saturday mail delivery, some post offices in Middle, Dennis and Upper townships could be open less under the current plan.

The Whitesboro Post Office would be open four hours a day instead of eight; Dennisville, six hour from eight; Green Creek, four hours from eight; South Dennis, four hours from eight; South Seaville, four hours from eight; Strathmere, four hours from eight; and Tuckahoe, six hours from eight.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Ray V. Daiutolo Sr. said likely within four to eight weeks the hour changes will be posted in post offices. Hours remain the same for now at post offices in Cape May County, he said.

Several post offices in Cape May County do mail deliveries: Cape May, Cape May House, Marmora, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Rio Grande, Wildwood and Woodbine.

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