Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2013

Post Office to cut back hours

Customers of 75782 to receive limited window service beginning in April

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Poynor Post Office will be cutting back hours beginning next month, according to the U.S.  Postal Service.

Customers of the 75782 Zip Code were informed by USPS Review Coordinator Allison Rizan that business hours for the post office will be reduced from eight hours to four hours, Monday through Friday, beginning April 6. The post office will open at noon, and close at 4 p.m. on weekdays. The Saturday window service will continue to be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The noon to 4 p.m. choice was a surprise to many who had attended a pubic meeting Feb. 25 on the proposed change in service hours.

Spokesman Debra Vandeventer of the Henderson Post Office said at the meeting that because the Poynor Post Office was not doing enough business to pay for its hours in service, the hours would be cut.

Vandeventer speculated, based on questionaires filled out by Poynor customers that the new hours would be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Poynor is a municipality with just over 300 citizens. The post office, located on U.S. Highway 175, has been in service since 1902.

Residents with Poynor addresses were sent forms asking them to vote on one of four options for the future of the post office.

The voters unanimously picked  shorter hours over moving mail service to a store, getting mail from a nearby town or home delivery.

Poynor Officer-in-Charge Chris DeChant said she was surprised that the USPS had chosen noon to four as the new business hours. She said she didn’t know why postal officials had chosen that option.

When the change goes into effect, the lobby will remain open 24-hours a day for those who want to check their boxes or mail letters. The Poynor office will be under the supervision on the Frankston Post Office.

Two years ago, thousands of post offices around the nation appeared ready for closure due to huge USPS deficits.

In 2012, they got a reprieve when  Postmaster Gen. Patrick K. Donahoe announced a plan that would save about 13,000 of the post offices.