• Amo on the list of possible post office branch closures

    August 01, 2011 No comments

    Last week, officials with the U.S. Postal Service named more than 3,000 post office branches that could be closing. Among them is the branch in the small Hendricks County town of Amo.

    The story in the Hendricks County Flyer cites that in an effort to cut costs and streamline services, the USPS has studied just over 3,600 offices around the country, including in major cities like Los Angeles and New York. Most of the branches under consideration for closing have little daily foot traffic and low average sales.

    Nationally, the 3,600 closings could cost about 3,000 postmasters, 500 supervisors, and 500 to 1,000 clerks their jobs. Savings to the postal service are estimated at about $200 million.

    More than 400 branches have been closed since last winter and now the Amo branch is among this new wave targeted for closing.

    The Amo Post office occupies an old bank building on the corner of Pearl and Main streets. Built in 1906, it was home to the First National Bank of Amo. A robbery in 1933 is blamed for the bank’s closing.

    It is unknown whether Amo employees will lose their jobs or be relocated to another branch. There are nearby branches in Coatesville and Stilesville.

    While the closing is still just a possibility, some worry what losing small town post offices may mean for older residents who rely on traditional forms of mail. In response, USPS officials said “village post offices” may be created in grocery and convenience stores to offer limited services. Staffing of those posts would be the responsibility of the store owners. However, a fee to house the post would be paid to store owners by the postal service.

    Faced with years of declining revenue due to electronic mail and more instant means of communication, this isn’t the first time the USPS has had to trim the fat. It reported a $2.2 billion loss last quarter and an $8.5 billion net loss during its 2010 fiscal year. Previous attempts at rate hikes and eliminating service days were not passed by federal lawmakers.

    For a full list of branches targeted for possible closure, visit the website at www.usps.com.


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