Community meeting Dec. 6 to discuss reduction of hours at Livermore post office

The U.S. Postal Service will host a community meeting 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 6 to discuss the future of Livermore’s post office.

Possibilities on the table as part of the USPS’s Post Plan include reducing hours of operation to six per weekday — Saturday hours would not change — or studying closing the post office and opening an alternate location in a local business. Another option would include closing the post office and using roadside mailboxes, with the rural carrier handling most of the products and services — including the sale of stamps and boxes — the post office offers.

The meeting will be held at the Livermore Community Church, 284 W. County Road 74E in Livermore.

The Postal Service will make a decision, including where P.O. boxes could be relocated to, sometime in 2013.

USPS lost $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012 and is expected to reduce service hours in more than 13,000 post offices across the country, including Livermore, Masonville, Red Feather Lakes and Carr. Community meetings for the other local post offices are scheduled for 2013.

Options for the 13,000 post offices on the Post Plan list include reduced hours, complete closure, partial closure and possible relocation of the post office to a private business.

The price for First-Class mail will increase by a penny when prices change Jan. 27, 2013:
Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

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