Officials with the United States Postal Service are taking into consideration the results of a nationwide survey in which respondents said they would like to see rural post offices reduce their hours instead of closing them altogether.

"Overwhelmingly both our residential and business customers in most of these rural communities are asking the postal service to consider shortening their retail hours if their workload has declined, and of course it has," said Richard Watkins the spokesperson for the USPS Mid America District in Kansas City.

Watkins says people made 200 million fewer visits to traditional post officesover the last five years and because of that, service hours at about 13,000 post offices nationwide will be reduced over the next few years under the "post plan," which has been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

"We've developed a strategy called which were calling the post plan that will take a full two years to implement

The USPS will hold informational meetings in Lampe at 12:30 p.m. November 14th.

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