For Clarice Henderson and other Burkittsville residents their local post office on East Main Street is a community staple.
“You meet your friends here, your neighbors and sometimes even a stranger,” said Clarice Henderson, a Burkittsville resident.
“This is a gathering point for us,” explained Bill Van Gilder, a local business owner in Burkittsville.
“It serves an important need, it's visible and it's even the center of community,” said Burkittsville Councilwoman Catherine Cox.
The United State Postal Service is cutting back the hours of operation at the Burkittsville office and soon will only be open Monday to Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. The office will also remain open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to Noon.
“They decided somewhere, unwisely really, without our input or much notice, to reduce the hours of the post office. I don't think it's a well thought out business decision. It's a money-making post office and we service lots more than just Burkittsville,” explained Debby Burgoyne, Mayor of Burkittsville.
Residents said plain and simple, they’ll have to pay the price.
“If we have to drive our parcels to be shipped out, time is money and we don't like the idea that this post office is going on very regulated hours,” said Van Guilder.
“Except for people who work on local farms, most people are gone for the day so people won't have the ability to stop at the post office to and from work. It's useless to them," said Cox.
Residents said it’s an inconvenience that the post office is slashing its hours, but they're happy it's not closing its doors altogether, but fear that could be the next step.
According to USPS from 2005 to 2011 customer retail visits at Village Post Offices declined by 27 percent.
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