Bradfordsville post office meeting is Nov. 29

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By Stephen Lega

The United States Postal Service has scheduled a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Bradfordsville Community Center in the old Bradfordsville School, 515 S. Sixth Street. The meeting is about the plan to reduce the hours at the Bradfordsville Post Office.

Prior to the meeting at the old school, Bradfordsville is planning a Treat us Fair Rally at 3 p.m. Thursday in front of the building. Mayor David Edelen wrote that this will be a peaceful display for four hours or more. Vehicles with signs can be parked in front of the school, in the school parking lot, along Sixth Street at the park, and on Main Street so long as those vehicles do not disrupt postal parking or the entrance to the post office.

He added that a free chili dog meal will be served after the meeting.

At this time, the Bradfordsville Post Office is open eight hours a day. Under the Post Plan, the window at the Bradfordsville branch would be open for two hours per day.

Last year, Bradfordsville was one of the post office branches under consideration for closure. City residents have repeatedly expressed their support for their local branch in meetings and by writing postal officials.

Rather than look at closing offices, the postal service has decided to reduce the hours at approximately 13,000 branches nationwide.

The postal service has already held meetings at Gravel Switch, Loretto, Nerinx and Raywick. A meeting at the St. Mary Post Office has not yet been announced.

So far, the Raywick meeting has had the biggest turnout this year. At that meeting several residents expressed their concerns about the reduced window hours, but also about the plan to have the window open from 12:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon and 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday. The Raywick customers said they would prefer to have the post office open in the morning.

Since that meeting, the postal service has sent an announcement to Raywick. Starting hours will be changed to 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday starting March 9.