The United States Postal Service (USPS) held a public meeting Thursday night at the school to discuss the proposed reduction of operation for the 12838 Hartford Post Office.
The reduction of the retail counter where you would mail packages, buy stamps, money orders, etc is written in stone. It is going to happen regardless of public input. The retail counter will be open for 4 hours Monday through Friday. The Saturday retail counter will remain open as it is now 8am – 1130am.
The room where the PO boxes are will have a time clock lock on the outside door so it will open and close automatically as per current hours. If you happen to be inside checking your mail when the door automatically locks behind you in the evening, there will be a push bar that will let you escape.
The only question now remains what 4 hours per weekday the retail counter will be open. The USPS felt that 8am to 12pm would be good but I informed them that much of Hartford is a bedroom community where citizens travel outside of the town for employment. 8am-12pm will only guarantee a self fulfilling prophesy where the retail volume will dramatically drop off and in 2 years they will use that excuse to close the office. The retail counter needs to be open with a time that commuters returning home from work can still mail a package or buy stamps . Something like 2:30pm to 6:30pm.
It remains to be seen how the USPS will decide on the hours. I suggested that they mail out another survey but this time include all of Hartford, not just 12838. I already know they will not do that because I think they really don’t care what all of Hartford’s citizens in the 4 other zip codes think. They automatically rejected that request for the first survey and I do not expect them to reconsider this time around either. If they do send out another survey, they need to list 4 options of hours in order to gather a concensus, not just say “fill in the blank”.
Article I section 8 of the US Constitution says that Congress shall have the power to establish Post Offices and post Roads. Only the Congress can effect real changes to the USPS. The USPS has currently pre-funded its pension and health plan for the next 75 years. That means that future employees of the USPS that have not even been born yet have their pension already covered. The USPS is $15 Billion in debt and must reduce their operations in the smaller PostOffices but yet they have the next 75 years worth of pension already paid into? This is like a fat cow starving to death and is crazy!
Mr. Matt Doheny, who is running to be our Congressman, prepared a Hartford statement and had it read by Andy Trombley who was present. Andy is helping to run Matt’s campaign. Matt feels that any decision the USPS makes about the Hartford Post Office should be reflective of input from the entire town, not just the 12838 zipcode. Since Mr. Doheny has a good chance of being out next Congressman, I am thankful he made the effort to be represented at the meeting.