The U.S. Postal Service is looking to reduce hours of operation at the Liberty Post Office.
The proposal is to reduce the window hours from eight hours to six hours a day Monday through Friday. Saturday hours would remain the same.
A community meeting is set for Wednesday, January 29 at noon to discuss the proposals with the public at the Liberty Post Office. "Nationwide the Postal Service is realigning retail window hours at our rural post offices and it's based on customer usage. One of those offices on the list is the Liberty Post Office. We will have a meeting there on January 29 at noon to discuss with residents who are served by that office what their options are," said David Walton, a spokesman for the Tennessee District of the U.S. Postal Service in an interview with WJLE
Liberty Postal customers can expect to receive a notification letter soon along with a survey. "We ask that they complete that survey and send it back to us prior to the meeting so we can share the results at the community meeting. The survey gives customers four options. They can vote to keep their post office open. The other three options would involve closing the office. One would be to establish a village post office in the community. Another would be to close that post office and be served by another nearby post office. The fourth option would be to close the post office and get retail services from their carrier. The plan for this particular office would be to reduce it to a six hour office so we would be cutting two hours. Of course that's Monday through Friday, the Saturday hours would remain the same. At the public meeting, we will share the results of that survey. We'll share how many people turned in their surveys and what the results were," said Walton.
The Postal service will post a final decision a few days after the community meeting is held.
Almost a year ago, the window service hours at the Alexandria Post Office were reduced from eight to six hours each weekday with no change on Saturdays. Alexandria carriers began working out of the Watertown Post Office in November, 2012.