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Rural post office closures delayed until May

By Sonny Long
Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.


TARGETED FOR CLOSURE

Crossroads post offices that are being considered for closure by the Postal Service include Austwell, Berclair, Danevang, Egypt, Fannin, Harwood, Hobson, Hochheim, La Salle, La Ward, Lane City, Leesville, Lissie, McFaddin, Meyersville, Panna Maria, Pierce, Placedo, Thomaston, Weesatche and Westhoff.

There's hope yet for small post offices in rural South Texas.

The U.S. Postal Service, in response to requests made by multiple congressmen, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, according to a statement on the USPS website.

"My fellow members of Congress and I have been working very closely with the USPS specifically with the postmaster general asking that they not close our post offices," said U.S. Rep. Reuben Hinojosa. "I will work along with my colleagues in Congress to see that a solution will be found so that we can keep our postal employees at work and on the job."

The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings, according to the statement.

The Postal Service hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation, according to the statement.

Given the Postal Service's financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the Postal Service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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