Toccoa area U.S. Postal Service Manager of Post Office Operations Pam Soles spoke with about ten people in the lobby of the Eastanollee Post Office Wednesday.
The Postal Service is proposing to reduce the operating hours at the Eastanollee Post Office to six hours a day during the week.
It is part of a plan announced last year by the Postal Service to save money by reducing hours at thousands of small post offices across the country.
Soles said that the Postal Service made determinations on post offices at which to reduce hours based on how much revenue is generated at a location. When asked by those in attendance, Soles did not have a figure for how much money would be saved by reducing hours at the Eastanollee post office.
During the meeting, Soles provided the results of a survey sent to nearly 1500 Eastanollee postal customers.
In that survey, 85 percent of the 365 surveys returned said a realignment of retail hours was preferred out of four different options provided.
6 percent of those surveyed said to provide roadside delivery only. 1 percent selected a “village post office” option that would be operated at a local business, while 2 percent selected providing all services through a nearby post office like Toccoa or Martin.
Maintaining current service was not an option on the survey.
According to Soles, the survey also provided customers a chance to list a preference for retail hours.
Based on the survey, Soles says the post office is looking at having retail hours at Eastanollee Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with it closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch.
The Eastanollee post office would still be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Soles also said the Postal Service could consider allowing a village post office to open while maintaining its current Eastanollee post office.
In addition, she said that access to P.O. Boxes would be unchanged.
When asked about the impact on service, Soles said the Postal Service hopes that the reduction’s impact on the services provided would be small.
There is no set date for a final decision, but Soles said it could take effect in about a month. She does say the new hours will be posted at the Eastanollee post office two weeks prior to their taking effect.