Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

December 4, 2012

Rural post offices to reduce hours starting next month

SHUMWAY —

Reduced hours at local rural post offices will begin taking effect as early as January.

The effort, part of a U.S. Postal Service plan to shorten operating hours in exchange for keeping small rural offices open, has seen hearings at many offices where local residents could voice their concerns on the effort.

"I don't see too much of a problem coming," said Diane Krumpe, postmaster relief at the Sigel office.

Krumpe said the office in Sigel will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. instead of opening at 7:30 a.m. She said she anticipates many residents are simply going to have to get used to the change in hours.

"They're going to have to adjust to the hours," Krumpe said. "People don't like change. We just have to let people and businesses know that this is going to be how things are."

Other offices will have increasingly shortened hours.

"We'll have four hours window service," said Candie Kessler, the PMR for the Shumway post office. "The postal service will announce when those hours are but I'm not sure when it will take effect. It'll be sometime after the first of the year."

The nationwide effort is part of a USPS cost-cutting plan to remove full-time postmasters who are not under labor contract protection. The USPS will be offering early retirement incentives to more than 21,000 eligible employees nationwide.

Kessler said Shumway residents had a chance to voice their concerns at a hearing on Thursday.

"We had six attendees," she said. "My people don't like change."

Despite the cost-cutting measure of reducing post office hours, most of the offices are not expecting to lose full-time employees. Sara Muma, the PMR for the Montrose post office, said she anticipates everything still will be business as usual for her office.

"The way they were talking in the meeting, it doesn't sound like a lot will change," she said. " People will still get mail on time, they can still drop off packages with us from 8 to noon. The lobby will be open 24-7, so people can always pick up their mail. If they have a package that needs sent, they can always go to Effingham."

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-23 crossroads walker.jpg Walking for life

    A group of nine Crossroads Walkers braved temperatures approaching 90 degrees Tuesday to walk from Greenville to Effingham as part of a cross-country walk designed to call attention to the pro-life movement..

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed-Carry-Clothing-Suit-Jacket-400.jpg Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014

  • Jay Miller faces more charges after alleged jailhouse attack

    An Altamont man already facing a minimum of 15 years in prison for contributing to the heroin overdose death of an Effingham woman in February could be facing even more prison time after allegedly attacking another inmate in the Effingham County Jail visitation room this past weekend.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIller, Jay C 021314.jpg Jay Miller attacks trial witness

    An Effingham County Jail inmate is facing additional charges after allegedly assaulting another inmate.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vehicle overturns in accident on I-70

    An accident on Interstate 70 sent one driver over a guardrail and down an embankment near Altamont.

    July 20, 2014

  • Three drivers injured in Vandalia accident

    A four vehicle accident in Fayette County sent three drivers to hospitals.

    July 20, 2014

  • preview.jpg Bus delivering school supplies to children

    Through 19 years, two buses and thou­sands of dollars in donations, families in need have been able to do their school shopping for free through the Ramblin’ Rose School Bus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: Community should be more inclusive in face of fliers

    This past weekend Effingham residents reported that leaflets, placed inside a rock-laden bag, were distributed promoting the mantra of the Ku Klux Klan.
    At least the rocks have a modicum of value.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grand jury indicts woman for bilking child care center

    An Effingham woman was indicted by an Effingham County grand jury this week in connection with the alleged theft of funds from a local early childhood center.

    July 18, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.