Ocoee Post Office hours to change
Mail delivery will not change and parcel boxes may be put into the Ocoee Post Office to enable residents to pick up packages when the window is not open.
An announcement last week about the reduction in office hours at the Ocoee Post Office brought about an outburst of cursing and finger-pointing from one local resident and comments from another that everything happening was a sign of the end of days. Questions about pickup times and mail package service were also raised.
While no official date has been set for the change, the Ocoee Post Office’s operating hours will be reduced to four hours per day. The post office will be open from 8 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday and 8-11 a.m. on Saturday. Total Saturday hours will not change from what they are now. Changes generally take affect within 4-6 weeks of an announcement.
The post office lobby will remain open 24 hours a day to check post office boxes and drop off mail. The change in hours affects window service hours and will affect the cutoff time for mail being dropped off inside the building. Postmaster Paul Adams said he thought it may be possible the truck will pick up mail from the blue box outside at the end of the day, but mail dropped inside will not go out after noon.
Falling revenue is cited as the reason for the reduction in hours. Revenues at the Old Fort Post Office are about $12,000 ahead of Ocoee. Adams said the post office planned to stop Saturday delivery in August, but Congress would not allow them to do so.
Steve Morgan interrupted the announcement saying he may not look like it, but he was a multi-millionaire, paid a s***load of taxes, and suggested America pack up and go to Mexico if they couldn’t even keep post offices open. Adams said taxes did not go toward post offices. Morgan said everything was going to hell because the country was being run by a n****r. He shouted “F*** this s***” before storming out of the building.
Once Morgan had gone, Adams explained the postal service had to pay $5.5 billion at the beginning of every year and received no money from Congress. He said despite receiving no money from Congress, Congress had the authority to stop them from changing mail service and the only way to try to cut costs was to cut post office hours. Having a single postmaster over several offices also saves the postal service money.
Mail delivery will not change and parcel boxes may be put into the Ocoee Post Office to enable residents to pick up packages when the window is not open. A local resident and preacher asked if the office was profitable. Adams said it was not feasible for it to be profitable, but no post office except Cleveland’s would be open if they ran it like a business.
Asked what could be done to stop the bleeding, Adams said buying stamps and shipping packages from the post office would help. He said the decline in mail volume was the major issue. Purchasing online postage, as long as it is designated for the zip code, is counted as revenue for the post office.
Lydia Nail, who works at the post office, suggested staggering the hours among the other nearby post offices if their hours are lessened in order to have more options. The post office will be re-evaluated in a year.
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