Sunday, June 15, 2014
Postal Survey: Is Dorchester's Post Office Worth Keeping?
Is Dorchester's Post Office worth keeping?
That's the question asked by a new U.S. Postal Service survey mailed to all Dorchester residents. It's all part of the USPS' POST plan that aims to close and consolidate rural post offices around the country.
According to the letter sent to Dorchester postal customers, the Dorchester Post Office is among the offices being evaluated, which is why community input is being sought.
The USPS notes that unless the community postal customers indicate a strong preference (over 60%) for conducting a discontinuance study for the Dorchester Post Office, the USPS plans to maintain the town's post office with six hours of window service each weekday.
The survey must be returned no later than July 8. So if keeping the town's post office is important to you, you are encouraged to fill out the survey and indicate you want to see the post office kept open.
Residents are also asked to provide additional comments on the survey. Some residents have told us they urged the USPS to alter the Dorchester Post Office hours to better serve those individuals and couples who work outside of town.
In addition to the survey, the USPS will also hold a meeting at the Dorchester Community Building on July 22 at 3 p.m. to answer questions and provide additional information about the plan. The survey results will be shared at this meeting, but a final decision regarding Dorchester's Post Office won't be announced until sometime after the July 22 meeting.