The cash-strapped United States Postal Service says thousands of rural post offices across the country will remain open. They plan to keep the offices open by cutting back on operating hours.
The post office in Uniontown is one of thousands that will remain open.
David Flippin picked up mail at the post office in Uniontown Wednesday afternoon. “We can’t keep a mailbox up,” said Flippin, “They tear it down every time.”
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced they are backing off plans to close up to 3,700 post offices nationwide after May 15. “That’s really good news for me,” said Alesha Clenney, of Uniontown.
The announcement is a relief for residents in Uniontown who dread the extra 10 mile drive to Van Buren just to pick up their post. “For me that’s a lot of extra gas and a lot of extra problems,” said Clenney.
The post office in Uniontown is currently open eight hours per day. The new proposal would cut it back to four hours a day. “I can live with that,” said Flippin, “I’m not pressed so much for hours.”
Donahoe says scaling back hours will save the agency an estimated half billion dollars every year.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to have the new shorter hours implemented by September 2014.
Dozens of post offices in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley will remain open.