Wing PO could close

Published 12:02 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Only one Covington County post office is now being studied for possible closure – Wing.

A new list published Tuesday by the U.S. Postal Service outlines 52 post offices across the state that are in danger of closing.

Postal officials cite revenue declines due to growing technology associated with conducing postal business online as the reasoning behind the closures.

Earlier this month, postal officials held a meeting in Gantt to discuss closing that branch; however, branches in neither Gantt, Lockhart, River Falls nor Red Level were identified on the list.

“As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices – the largest retail network in the country –diminishes,” said Debbie Fetterly, USPS representative.

Nationwide, approximately 3,700 retail offices are being studied for closure – a move that would save approximately $200 million annually; however, Fetterly said no post office is in imminent danger of closing before December.

In their study, postal officials will look at how the closing would affect both the community and the employees of the facility, as well as determining if the closure would still provide the maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining. They also wil consider total savings.

Postal officials will soon hold a public meeting in Wing, similar to the one held in Gantt earlier this month.