Hours could be reduced

Lincolnville Center Post Office to be evaluated

Public meeting planned for Jan. 8
By Jenna Lookner | Dec 13, 2012

Lincolnville — The United States Postal Service is evaluating Lincolnville Center Post Office in accordance with the Post Office Structure Plan (POST plan.)

Under POST, many rural post offices throughout the nation could be closed or experience a reduction in their hours as a cost saving measure, according to a May 2012 news release from the United States Postal Service.

Lincolnville Selectmen voted Dec.10 to send a letter in support of keeping the Lincolnville Center Post Office open during regular hours, said Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney.

Selectmen cast a divided vote on sending the letter, with Ladleah Dunn, Rosey Gerry and David Barrows voting in favor, and Jason Trundy and Julia Libby voting against, according to Kinney.

POST will be implemented during a two-year, multi-phased approach, to be completed in September 2014. Once complete, the Postal Service estimates savings of a half billion dollars annually, according to the news release.

Lincolnville Center Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week as well as a partial day on Saturday, Kinney said.

Lincolnville Center Post Office is among the many rural post offices under review nationwide, Kinney said post office box holders at the center post office received a survey dated Nov. 28 asking for input on changes to the post office.

According to the Nov. 28 letter to postal customers from the United States Postal Service the "Postal Service intends to maintain the Lincolnville Center Post Office with four hours of window service each weekday," Saturday service and access to post office boxes will not change under the "POST plan realignment of weekday window service hours," according to the letter.

Kinney said selectmen discussed the effect of reduced post office hours in Lincolnville Center, particularly with projects such as the renovation of the Center General Store and work on Lincolnville Community Library drawing energy and activity into Lincolnville Center.

A public meeting will take place at Lincolnville Center Post Office on Jan. 8, 2013, at 5 p.m. to answer questions about the impending changes. Survey results will be known at the time of the meeting and a final decision on the fate of the post office will be reserved until after the meeting, according to United States Postal Service's letter.

Lincolnville Beach Post Office handles mail delivery for Lincolnville and Northport, Kinney said. He said the Lincolnville Beach Post Office building is owned by the United States Postal Service while the Lincolnville Center Post Office operates out of a leased building.

Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at jlookner@courierpublicationsllc.com

Comments (1)
Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Dec 15, 2012 05:46

If one  were to evalluate the interaction of the "postmaster" at this location with the general public on a daily basis,  it would be evident that this is an area that needs to be addressed immediately.



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