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U.S. Postal Service to place hold on closing facilities

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The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to put in place a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's office (D-IL) announced the moratorium Tuesday.

During that time, the Postal Service will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community input.

The moratorium is scheduled to end on May 15, 2012.

The announcement follows a meeting Monday between several Senators, the U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr.

The U.S. Postal Service announced on Sept. 15 plans to review its mail processing network in the hopes of reducing costs.  The Postal Service is considering closing 3,700 mostly rural post offices and 252 mail processing facilities.  The Postal Service cites a deep decline in mail volume due to economic conditions and electronic diversion.

Dozens of rural post offices in the Heartland and three mail processing facilities in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Carbondale, Ill., and Paducah, Ky. were on the list.

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to move mail processing operations from the Cape Girardeau, MO Processing & Distribution Facility (P&DF) into the St. Louis Mail Processing & Distribution Center.

The meeting will Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Osage Center, Rm. 3AB, 1625 N Kingshighway Street, in Cape Girardeau at 7 p.m.

Initial study results support consolidating mail processing operations in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis.

A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available online one week prior to the meeting at http://about.usps.com/streamlining-operations/area-mail-processing.htm.

Anyone wanting to submit comments in writing can send them to:

KANSAS CITY, MO 64108-9631

All comments must be postmarked by Jan. 13, 2011.

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