Postal Service delays any closing of processing centers including in Hutchinson

Posted 3 years ago

By Fred Gough

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service, in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15 of next year.

Officials say they will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings, and that includes the work being done on consideration of the Hutchinson Post office. The plan is to move the mail processing center here in Hutchinson to Wichita to save money, however, no final decision has been made. That’s also being considered in other Kansas communities including Salina.

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

If you didn’t know, the Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. They have continued to see the mail volume drop over recent years.