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.

7 comments:

  1. How nice of them to hold the meeting on a Tuesday at 3 pm when most of us are at work and won't be able to attend. Why not 7 pm when a bigger majority could attend?

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  2. Why would they bother to hold a meeting when it's convenient for most of us? They don't bother to have the Post Office open when it's convenient for us. Having it open 6 hours a day is fine, but how about at least make it 6 hours that would be convenient for most of us that work out of town? Honestly, the last few months we have been hauling our packages out of town anyway, so I don't care. Or how about come up with a way we can get our packages after hours? Put them in a bigger box and put the key in your regular box is one idea. Sorry, but there is no "thinking outside the box" in our Post Office. Shorten the hours, but at least come up with some solutions to help us get our mail or you might as well shut it down for all the good it does to have one here.

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  3. 9th street dwellerJune 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    On my survey, I suggested that they reconfigure the six hour days to the following: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This would make more sense to me, but what do I know?

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  4. ............. i always wonder whos dumber ................................................ government bureaucrats .................................. or my inbred dog thats been kicked in the head no less than three dozen times by my cows ...............................................if the geniuses at the post service want to cut expenses how about they quit delivering on saturdays ................................................ we dont need that extra day of credit card offers and walmart flyers .................................................

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  5. Most of the time cynical richard does nothing but tick me off (because I think he's an idiot), but I actually find myself agreeing with him this time.

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  6. DON'T ENCOURAGE HIM!

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  7. Splits hours would be nice, but good luck on getting someone to work them. Maybe 1 pm - 7pm ???? I also think Saturday delivery could be discontinued.

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