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Rural post offices, like Urbana, could reduce hours

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URBANA (KWWL) -

Fewer than 1,500 people live in Urbana, but many use a P.O. box as their mailing address.

People there hope the post office doesn't close, but are afraid it's a possibility.

"It would be a little harder because you would have to either go to Vinton or Center Point" said Brian Grimm.  "We get our mail right here and just take it down to our house so I think it would be a big problem."

Each household in Urbana received a letter from the United States Postal Service asking them to complete a survey.

One option- Keep the post office open, but with reduced hours.

The other three choices involve conducting a discontinuance survey.

Officials say they have to resize the post office network due to changing consumer behavior like online billing.

But in Urbana, residents still receive their water bills in the mail and changing to an electronic system is not a move the mayor wants to make.

"It's getting too far away from being personal," said Duane Eldred, Mayor.   "I think that we need that more and more."

It's not just the city regularly using the post office.  Employees from the Wells-Fargo Bank go there daily and even reduced hours could hurt them.

"It's essential that we can come up here before our opening store hours," said Dustin Roster, Service Manager.

The new national strategy could save the postal service half a billion dollars a year, which could help them make the retiree health benefit payments they've defaulted on twice in the past few months.

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