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USPS holds public meeting in Hazard for possible consolidation of mail operations to Knoxville

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The United States Postal Service is in the process of down sizing due to decline in revenue. A public meeting was held at the Hazard Forum to discuss the possible relocation of a mail processing office in Hazard, KY to Knoxville, TN.

There is no official word that the operations will be moved to Tennessee. The reason for the meetings is to inform the public and ask about their concerns.

Officials said that the plant in Hazard sorts the mail manually. The equipment in Knoxville would be able to more quickly and efficiently manage that if they choose that option.

“Right now what that means is first class standards are one to two days and we are looking to change that to 2 to 3 days so basically when someone mails something they won't get it the next day,” said David Walton, a spokesperson for USPS.

Members of the community held the floor to ask questions.

“My question is with everyone else being asked to make sacrifices, how many members of management area and district levels are being eliminated?” said Gloria Ann Porter, a USPS employee and community resident.

Mike Thompson of USPS explained that several plants across the state and country are all going through the same thing. The less revenue the post office takes in, the less of a need for the people who fill the jobs.

Field Representative Pat Wooton for Congressman Hal Roger’s office made an appearance at the meeting and got word out to the public that he will help.

“Get them your information, get it to us also and we will see that the congressman gets it and he will do what he can to help with at least some of this stuff in Washington,” said Wooton.

Postal officials said it would only effect first class mail standards if this proposal goes through.

“A lot of people get medicines in the mail are my medicines still going to arrive on time. that won't affect priority mail, express mail,” said Walton.
“Only letter mail would come a day later, as far as mail processing it's pretty much a back room operation.”

Walton said that six people could have their job changed or eliminated as a result of the proposal if the consolidation goes through.

There is still a chance for the general public to make comments through December 22. Comments can mail in comments to the address on your screen, that's po box 31631, Louisville, KY 40231. for more information, you can log on to our web channel. in th wymt newsroom, i am paige quiggins, steve back to you.


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