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Brilliant postal meeting slated

October 26, 2012
DONNA HERRLEIN - For the Times Leader , Times Leader

BRILLIANT - Residents of Brilliant have been receiving surveys regarding proposed operating hours for the Brilliant Post Office, and a town hall meeting has been scheduled for late November.

Brilliant is one of the communities across the nation where changes in post office hours have been proposed for weekdays.

Along with the surveys, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans for the town meeting to be held Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Brilliant Senior Community Center, 103 Steuben St.

The town meeting is to answer questions and to provide additional information about the POST Plan. At the meeting, results of the survey being filled out by residents will be explained, and questions from residents will be answered. In addition, input will be sought regarding the time of day that the post office will be open during the week.

Currently, the Brilliant Post Office is open eight hours a day throughout the week, and it has been proposed to reduce that number to six. That is the highest number of hours outlined in the POST Plan, because the number of hours outlined in the proposed plan varys from two to four to six.

A 260-page list of post offices facing reduced hours was posted in May. Included on the list were 13,000 post offices throughout the nation.

It is noted that the 260-page list of post offices is preliminary, and additional review, analysis, and verification are needed. The list is subject to change.

Brilliant is one of several Eastern Ohio communities affected by the POST Plan. Among those on the preliminary list in addition to Brilliant are Beallsville, Jerusalem, Lewisville, Adena, Alledonia, Barton, Bergholz, Blaine, Clarington, Colerain, Glencoe, Hannibal, New Athens, Piedmont, Holloway, Jacobsburg, Lansing, Maynard, Mount Pleasant, Morristown, Bowerston, Cameron, Irondale, Smithfield, Lafferty, Tiltonsville, Yorkville, Warnock, Powhatan Point, Bannock, Harrisville, Neffs, Jewett and Scio.

Postal Service officials indicate the aim is to complete this plan in September of 2014.

Plans for the POST plan were announced in May as a new strategy "that could keep the nation's smallest post offices open for business, while providing a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability."

At that time, it was pointed by Postal Service officials that the plan would keep the existing post office in place but the retail window hours would be modified to match customer use. Also, access to the retail lobby and to post office boxes would remain unchanged, and the town's ZIP Code and community identity would be retained.

With the new plan was announced, Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer Patrick R. Donahoe said, "Meeting the needs of postal customers is, and will always be, a top priority. We continue to balance that by better aligning service options with customer demand and reducing the cost to serve. With that said, we've listened to our customers in rural America and we've heard them loud and clear they want to keep their post office open."

Donahue indicated that Postal Service officials think the proposed change would serve customers' needs and would result in a real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.

Brilliant postal

meeting slated

By DONNA HERRLEIN

Times Leader Correspondent

BRILLIANT - Residents of Brilliant have been receiving surveys regarding proposed operating hours for the Brilliant Post Office, and a town hall meeting has been scheduled for late November.

Brilliant is one of the communities across the nation where changes in post office hours have been proposed for weekdays.

Along with the surveys, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans for the town meeting to be held Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Brilliant Senior Community Center, 103 Steuben St.

The town meeting is to answer questions and to provide additional information about the POST Plan. At the meeting, results of the survey being filled out by residents will be explained, and questions from residents will be answered. In addition, input will be sought regarding the time of day that the post office will be open during the week.

Currently, the Brilliant Post Office is open eight hours a day throughout the week, and it has been proposed to reduce that number to six. That is the highest number of hours outlined in the POST Plan, because the number of hours outlined in the proposed plan varys from two to four to six.

A 260-page list of post offices facing reduced hours was posted in May. Included on the list were 13,000 post offices throughout the nation.

It is noted that the 260-page list of post offices is preliminary, and additional review, analysis, and verification are needed. The list is subject to change.

Brilliant is one of several Eastern Ohio communities affected by the POST Plan. Among those on the preliminary list in addition to Brilliant are Beallsville, Jerusalem, Lewisville, Adena, Alledonia, Barton, Bergholz, Blaine, Clarington, Colerain, Glencoe, Hannibal, New Athens, Piedmont, Holloway, Jacobsburg, Lansing, Maynard, Mount Pleasant, Morristown, Bowerston, Cameron, Irondale, Smithfield, Lafferty, Tiltonsville, Yorkville, Warnock, Powhatan Point, Bannock, Harrisville, Neffs, Jewett and Scio.

Postal Service officials indicate the aim is to complete this plan in September of 2014.

Plans for the POST plan were announced in May as a new strategy "that could keep the nation's smallest post offices open for business, while providing a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability."

At that time, it was pointed by Postal Service officials that the plan would keep the existing post office in place but the retail window hours would be modified to match customer use. Also, access to the retail lobby and to post office boxes would remain unchanged, and the town's ZIP Code and community identity would be retained.

With the new plan was announced, Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer Patrick R. Donahoe said, "Meeting the needs of postal customers is, and will always be, a top priority. We continue to balance that by better aligning service options with customer demand and reducing the cost to serve. With that said, we've listened to our customers in rural America and we've heard them loud and clear they want to keep their post office open."

Donahue indicated that Postal Service officials think the proposed change would serve customers' needs and would result in a real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.

 
 

 

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