Congressman Chandler issued a statement Thursday on the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center. The congressman says the center has been removed from the U.S. Postal Service’s list of closures:
Chandler said, “central Kentucky relies on the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center for timely mail service, and I am very pleased the facility is not on the list of consolidations the Postal Service just released. The Postal Service still has operating concerns that it needs to address, but I am glad it will not be at the expense of our region and the people who work at the Lexington facility.”
The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans to close dozens of mail processing centers. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the service can no longer wait for Congress to decide how to cut postal costs. The agency plans to consolidate 140 mail processing centers within the next year, including 48 this August. Most will occur next January and February, after the busy election and holiday mail season. Another 89 closings would occur in 2014.
The Postal Service had previously planned to close 252 mail processing centers beginning this summer but was awaiting congressional action.