Postal Service slashes Hot Sulphur Springs Post Office hours
The Hot Sulphur Springs Post Office will lose business hours due to financial constraints on the U.S. Postal Service.
The post office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
When the new hours will begin is contingent on when the current postmaster finds a new position. At the latest, new hours will begin Jan. 9.
Shawn Moore of the Postal Service spoke to residents at Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 12, to explain the closure.
Moore cited the internet and the decline of first class mail as reasons for the Postal Service’s curtailment hours for around 20,000 locations.
“We find ourselves reducing the service in these post offices which, once again, I do apologize for,” said Moore. “It’s not something we take any pride in. It’s not something that we win from other than the revenue savings.”
There is the possibility that hours could be further reduced to two hours per weekday, when post offices are re-evaluated next year, Moore said. However, the post office will not be closed, and hours can still be increased to a full-time post office, he said.
The Host Sulphur Springs Post Office was open from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. weekdays. Saturday hours remain the same.
“Make sure any business you do at the postal service, to the best of your ability, is done at the local post office,” Moore said.
The Hot Sulphur Springs post office will now be under the purview of the Granby post office.
Because postmasters are career employees, Moore said Hot Sulphur Spring’s postmaster would have to relocate to a full-time post office. The new hours will take effect 30 days after the postmaster takes a new position or Jan. 9, 2015, whichever comes first.
The post office will most likely no longer handle passport applications, which can be completed at other Grand County post offices, Moore said.
When asked why the Postal Service couldn’t continue to employ Hot Sulphur Springs’s postmaster with full benefits on a part-time schedule, Moore replied, “Unfortunately, humaneness and kindness leads to bankruptcy and insolvency.”
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.
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