LINDLEY | The Lindley Post Office won’t be closing, but its hours will soon be slashed in half.
The U.S. Postal Service – which has struggled financially for years – has been reviewing operations at about 15,000 rural post offices nationwide since 2012, looking at reduced hours or closures.
As part of the process, they’ve sought public input.
Last month, the U.S. Postal Service sent out surveys to Lindley residents and a public meeting was held earlier this week. Officials gave residents several options, including cutting hours or closing altogether, in which case residents would either go to another nearby post office or get street delivery.
Of the Lindley residents that returned the survey, 130 selected keeping the Lindley Post Office open with reduced hours, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service.
Eleven residents opted for closing the post office and receiving street delivery.
Four opted for closing the post office and having a local business provide postal services, although Lindley Town Supervisor Gerald Simcoe said that didn’t seem feasible because there’s only one store in Lindley - Brownie’s Mini Mart - and it’s close to the Lawrenceville Post Office.
Four opted for closing the Lindley location and moving the PO boxes to another post office.
In the end, it was determined that the Lindley Post Office - located adjacent to town hall - will be kept open four hours per day, from 8 a.m. to noon. It wasn’t clear exactly when the hours will change, but the community will be provided 30 days’ notice, Mazurkiewicz said.
“In addition, Post Office boxes will be moved to the front of the building to provide 24/7 access,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Three centralized box units with parcel lockers will be installed to provide service for the 48 box holders.”
The same process is unfolding in a number of other area communities. Surveys have been sent out, and the public meeting schedule for the first two weeks of August is as follows:
• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Pulteney Town Hall.
• 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Reading Center Town Hall
• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Jasper Town Hall.
• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Savona Federated Church.
• 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Springwater Fire Department.
• 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Tyrone Town Hall.
• 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Troupsburg Town Hall.