Dupree post office facing shortened hours
By Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
Editor’s note: For meeting coverage and more information on the downgrade, see next week’s paper.
While the post office in Dupree won’t be facing closure, the thought of shortened hours concerns local citizens.
“I don’t know how they can even cut the hours,” said Dupree City Mayor Ray Lenk.
“With the three routes, they have enough work in my own estimation for eight hours [a day],” said Lenk. “That’s what I’m going to fight for.”
Officials with the United States Postal Service organized a public meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 3 p.m.
“In response to the financial crisis they’re facing…they’re coming up with a method to save money and some of the smaller offices are facing a downgrade,” said Wendy Blunt, Dupree Post Office’s Officer-in-charge.
The meeting is part of the USPS’s process. Customers should have also received notices and were asked to submit a survey.
Lenk helped to put signs up around town to get people to the meeting.
“It is important they come and voice their opinions,” said Lenk.
In the past, Lenk said he has worked on an outgoing mail route and from that experience doesn’t see how shortened hours will work.
With some post offices facing closure, Dupree will probably be spared that fate.
“I think we’re pretty well assured the post office in Dupree won’t be closed,” said Lenk.
Other area post offices are also going through the downgrade process, including most recently, Whitehorse.
The community of Whitehorse was recently downgraded. The Timber Lake Topic reported that a meeting was held on November 1, 2012, to keep the office open two hours a day, six days a week, rather than closing altogether.