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USPS plan to cut hours at smaller Iowa post offices picks up

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A plan to save money by cutting hours at some rural post offices is coming closer to completion. Beginning in July, the United States Postal Service will be conducting public meetings in some rural towns to discuss the possible cuts. 

The USPS first brought up the issue of making cuts to help save money two years ago.

In 2012, the USPS launched the cost cutting POST plan, a plan where closing small post offices was an extreme option. The plan sparked nationwide outcry which convinced postal leaders to take a second look at where money could be saved.

In recent weeks, postal customers in some rural areas received surveys from the USPS. The choices on those surveys were accept a cut in hours at that post office, close the post office or open a substation for the post office.

In St. Donatus, the proposed change would include reducing the post office hours from 5 1/2 hours on weekdays to just two hours.

Tracy Thoma has a close connection to the post office in St. Donatus. She grew up in the building, which is shared with the post office. She said she's afraid if the post office hours are cut. It may be harder for people to get there.

"It's great that they are going to keep it open, but I just think that cutting it to that hours is going to be harder for people to get here," Thoma said Saturday. "I'm afraid that our town is going to loose its identity, I really would like to see it stay open with full hours."

A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service said that's not possible due to ongoing financial difficulties.

Thoma, along with other St. Donatus residents told KWWL they fear the reduction in the hours will lead the post office to eventually close its doors for good.

For more information about about the POST plan and to see meeting dates, click here.

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