Friday, September 21, 2012

Cavendish Post Office POST Plan Survey


Postal Customers in Cavendish and Proctorsville have already or will be receiving a survey from the United States Postal Service (USPS). The Postal Service has established a review process for certain Post Offices known as the POST Plan. As we learned this past May, both post offices have been slated for reduced window service.

 While Proctorsville has yet to receive their survey, people in Cavendish starting receiving theirs today, Friday Sept. 21. It is anticipated that Proctorsville customers will receive theirs in the next week or so.

According to the Cavendish Post Office survey, “After receiving the results of this survey, the Postal Service will examine the responses and, unless the community has a strong preference (more than 60 percent) for conducting a discontinuance study for the Cavendish Post Office and establishing one of the additional sources of services described below, the Postal Service intends to maintain the Cavendish Post Office with 4 hours of window service each weekday. Current Saturday window service hours and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours.

In addition to this survey, the Postal Service will hold a meeting at the Cavendish Post Office at 2025 Main St, Cavendish VT, 05142 on 10/23/12 at 4 pm to answer questions and provide additional information about POST Plan. At the meeting, local management will share the results of the survey, answer questions and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open. A final decision about the post office will not be made until after this meeting.

The Postal Service is also seeking locally established businesses or organizations to serve as contractor-operated postal retail units in communities like yours. If you are interested in operating a postal retail unit, please visit the website for additional information.

The survey offers four options: keep the office open with reduced hours; conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide roadside mailbox delivery; conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business; or conduct a discontinuance study for the office and relocate PO Box service to a nearby Post Office. If you select limiting postal hours, you can provide those hours most convenient for window service.

Please complete surveys as soon as possible and return in the postmarked envelopes provided.

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