Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 15, 2014

Oldenburg post office hours changing

About 40 area citizens attended a July 9 meeting to hear about changes coming to the Oldenburg post office.

Bob Redden, Ohio Valley District post office review coordinator, Cincinnati, started out by saying, "I'm very excited about the turnout .... It shows that the town cares about the post office.

"What brought us here tonight is the post office is in a struggle .... We've changed drastically. We are owned by the government, but are a private company that must survive on our own. We are a paper company.

"Tax day was our biggest day of the year. We ran extra trucks and had extra people working. Now it's no busier than a Monday because how do you file your taxes? You file them electronically. All of that's lost revenue for us. We survive off how you use us.

"The same is true when you send a resume. Now they're sent electronically, and Social Security checks are deposited right into your bank account .... Some of you in here still use us. You're our best customers, and we love you."

He revealed, "Our best product, the stamp, has declined by 50 percent. We used to have eight large mail processing plants (in the district). Now we have three, and will soon have just two" because one of those will be closing.

The U.S. Postal Service "is $15.9 million in debt. We can borrow no more money .... If we were a private industry, we’d be bankrupt, but we’re a service."

Over the past few years, "we (employees) went from community to community ... and looked at the workload of every single post office. Every piece of mail that comes across the counter is counted."

Surveys were sent to Oldenburg post office customers. Out of the 446 that were mailed, 170 were returned. Persons were asked what their choices were regarding the future of the local office. The results: re-alignment of hours, 92 percent; delivery option, 4 percent; village post office option, 1 percent; nearby post office option, 1 percent; and no selection made, 2 percent.

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