Photo by Sue Misao
BY MARCY STAMPER
A good percentage of people served by the Carlton post office filled out a survey seeking their input on ways to save money at the facility, which handles mail for 260 customers. The U.S. Postal Service has proposed reducing window hours in Carlton to four hours a day; the survey asked customers which four-hour time block they would prefer.
There is a public meeting at the Carlton post office to review the results of the survey and respond to questions and concerns on Monday (June 17) at 3 p.m.
Pat Ebbert, the officer-in-charge in Carlton, said they received many completed surveys, enough that she was processing them every day.
Other options include closing the post office and either replacing it with a roadside mailbox and retail service provided by a rural carrier, or getting mail and other services at a local business.
Saturday window hours and access to post office boxes would not change if the hours are reduced.
A preliminary decision about the changes is usually posted a week to 10 days after the meeting and new hours are implemented 30 days later, according to a Postal Service spokesperson.