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Postal Service outlines plans for Star Junction office

| Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8:15 a.m.

A town hall meeting on Wednesday evening in the Perryopolis Volunteer Fire Hall discussed possible realignment of hours of operation at the post office in Star Junction.

Postal Service Post Office Operations Manager William Battles Jr. addressed the small crowd to outline the results of a survey mailed to Star Junction residents and the recommendations the agency compiled based on those results.

“We are here to make sure that everyone is on the same page,” Battles said. The Postal Service wishes to provide all alternatives when considering a change in hours or services, he added.

A total of 313 surveys were mailed out about four weeks ago, and 126 were returned and reviewed.

Those who returned the surveys voted overwhelmingly to realign the hours, with 84 percent, or 106 people, choosing reduced hours. Only 10 percent opted for delivery service.

The new hours would be reduced by two, with the Star Junction Post Office window hours being 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday. A lunch break would be held from noon to 1:45 p.m. during the week.

“You will still be able to access your post office boxes at this time,” Battles said of the daily lunch break when only the service window would be closed.

Battles said officials are considering a 24-hour open lobby, which would allow access to postal boxes earlier or later then the proposed times.

“We could possibly do a time lock, which would automatically lock, or be open 24 hours a day for people of the community to get their mail,” Battles said.

Star Junction resident and Perry Township Supervisor AJ Boni opposes the idea of a 24-hour lobby.

“I think that it's a terrible idea to have a lobby that is open 24 hours,” Boni said. “I don't even want to consider that.

“We really don't have any crime issues right now,” Boni said. “If we had our choice, we would keep the post office open for eight hours like it is now. We have good one-on-one rapport with the postmaster, and we'd like to just keep it going the same as it is.”

Battles said that with the losses registered on a daily basis by the Postal Service, changes must be made.

“We have to do something to recover those losses,” Battles said. “That is why we are looking at the realigning of hours.”

Residents of Star Junction will be informed in a few weeks on the post office hours.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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