Post office says your attendance needed at public meeting

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By Jay Michaels

TWIN FALLS, ID (KMVT) In the last ten years, the amount of first class mail delivered by your friendly neighborhood mail carrier has dropped 28 percent, thanks in part to the invention of e–mail. That's why local postal employees are concerned about a proposal to transfer local mail processing from Twin Falls to Boise.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet – keep local post office employees from working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Pioneer Station in Twin Falls. But now there's a proposal to move the Magic Valley's mail processing from here up to Boise, as the U.S. Postal Service faces cutbacks from the federal level.

Donna Meyer, President of APW Local 179, says, "We're concerned that there won't be the same day turnaround like there is now. We get it to the Magic Valley for the most part, Wood River Valley, Cassia County, we get those usually overnight for mail service. We're concerned it will be two days."

Meyer says it may not be a big deal waiting an extra day for a card or letter from your favorite person. But she says it does matter when water and soil samples for testing absolutely have to be delivered inside of 24 hours. Meyer says right now Pioneer Station processes mail for 35 towns in Magic Valley from this central hub in Twin Falls.

Twin Falls Postmaster Bill Reese says, "Which does support this consolidation. However, no final decision has been made. We still have the town hall meeting on June 7th to get input from the community, from our workers. And before any final decision is made, they have to take all that into consideration."

Reese says the study is just preliminary right now, but says the Postal Service has closed other post offices across the nation, and makes it a point to help their employees find other jobs, sometimes relocating them.

Both Reese and Meyer say it's important for as many people as possible to attend a public meeting put on by the Postal Service at 6 p.m. Tuesday June 7th in the College of Southern Idaho's Fine Arts Theatre.

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