Community meeting set for Kinston Post Office

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

The schedule at the Kinston Post Office could be changing soon.

A Thursday announcement said the U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with a plan to keep open post offices by realigning retail window hours based on customer use.

US-PS officials said a public input meeting will be held on Thurs., Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. inside town hall to discuss the facility’s future. Customers have four options to chose from:

• Keep the Post Office open, based on actual office workload. For example, hours would be reduced from eight hours each weekday to four hours per weekday. Current Saturday hours will not change and access to your delivery receptacles would not be impacted;

• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points;

• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office will be able to offer; or,

• Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide P.O. Box service via another nearby Post Office and relocate P.O. Box delivery to that Post Office.