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Postal Service plans meeting to close Waterloo mail processing center

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The postal service has scheduled a meeting to discuss closing Waterloo's postal processing facility.

It's just one of four proposed mail processing centers facing closure. Cedar Rapids, Carol, and Creston are also potentially on the chopping block.

Nationwide, five hundred processing centers may close as the department tries to slash costs. The move will virtually end overnight delivery of first class mail.

The public hearing will be on Wednesday, December 28th 7:00 p.m. at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center located at 205 W 4th Street, Waterloo. Postal managers will give an overview of the plans and listen to people's concerns.

Eighty-two members of Congress sent a letter to the Postmaster General today, objecting to the plans to close mail processing centers.

"We appreciate USPS's attempt to reduce costs but the USPS is an essential service for the public and reductions would come at the expense of people who regularly depend on these services," the lawmakers wrote.  "The changes may provide short-term relief, but ultimately it would be penny wise and pound foolish... We strongly object to the decision to slow first class service and close processing centers."

Postal officials say no final decision on closing facilities has been reached. If the closure moves ahead, mail processing currently handled in Waterloo will move to Des Moines.

 
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