Advocate editorial board opinion: Keep mail processing of 779 ZIP code in Victoria

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.

We hope that the study - or was it a preliminary study (that's unclear) - being conducted - or was it already conducted - by the U.S. Postal Service to move mail processing in Victoria to Corpus Christi concludes to leave well enough alone.

We understand that the Postal Service needs to cut costs to make ends meet, but please don't cut customer service resulting in additional costs to Victoria businesses, which ultimately means more revenue for the Postal Service. And as Mayor Will Armstrong suggested, let us keep the postal jobs here; come back in a couple of years and do the study again.

After all, we have expected growth in the next decade, and the Postal Service should realize that. In fact, Victoria is centrally located in South Texas. Processing mail should be in Victoria, not Corpus Christi. Having it in Victoria would save fuel costs for Postal Service trucking because they would have shorter trips to distribution centers.

Kathlene Smith, operations manager for Victoria Presort, said she understood from Sam Bolen, Postal Service public information officer, that moving the 779 ZIP code mail processing to Corpus Christi would be done purely to save money.

The savings from moving the processing operations mentioned at the presentation by the Postal Service on Thursday evening was $1.5 million. However, the number is arbitrary - a guess, and actual figures are being calculated.

"The move will hurt all of our customers who do bulk mail through us," Smith said. She explained that bulk mail gets a discount if taken to the distribution center, which is now in Victoria.

But if the processing moves to Corpus Christi, either a trucking fee or additional postage will be necessary for Smith's various customers.

Victoria Presort, and a few other businesses like it, serves customers like churches that send out newspapers, furniture stores that send out ads and many other kinds of businesses who use bulk mail to promote services they offer.

Then there are businesses that do their own bulk mailings, such as Citizens Medical Center and First Victoria National Bank, to name a few.

The community spoke out Thursday night, but the general feeling was that the Postal Service is catching up to plans it started talking about two years ago.

Is this a done deal? Or is the Postal Service being sincere about taking community input?

We hope the Postal Service makes an exception and keeps the 779 ZIP code processing in Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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