3 East Texas USPS processing centers may close
Houston County Courier
Since General Patrick Donhoe announced in a news release Dec. 5 that 252 U.S. Postal Service mail processing centers will be closed as part of a $3 billion-by-2015 cost-cutting plan to keep the postal service in business, another press release was is sued Tuesday, Dec. 13 stating the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility will be delayed until May 15, 2012. The processing center closures previously were expected to begin in March 2012. The most recent announcement came after multiple U.S. Senators asked for the delay. According to the Federal Register, processing centers targeted for closure are in Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Bryan, Dallas, Tyler, Lufkin, McAllen and two in Waco. Next-day service is a thing of the past, and postal customers should expect the closures to result in mail pieces taking a minimum of two days to reach their destination, Donohoe said in a PBS-TV interview last week. The Dec. 13 USPS press release states, “The postal service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period (between now and May 15, 2012), including public input meetings. “The Postal Service hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation. Given the Postal Service’s financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the postal service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue.” Increased mailing costs are part of the picture. The cost of a first-class stamp is slated to increase by a penny on Jan. 22.