3:38pm

Thu March 31, 2011
Government

La Veta Only Colorado Town on USPS List of Suspended Offices

The U.S. Postal Service made public this week a list of 400 offices across the country in which business has been suspended. The good news is that Colorado has only one entry on the list, and the small outlet in southern Colorado has been closed for some time.

That’s according to Al DeSarro with the U.S. Postal Service in Denver. He says what happened in La Veta is the case for a lot of the entries on the national list. According to the Postal Regulatory Commission the law requires the Postal Service to hold a public input meeting in each community to change a “suspension” to an official closure.

“Sometimes it’s a tedious process,” he said. “And so attention wasn’t given enough at the time to officially close that post office location despite there being very good reasons for doing so.”

DeSarro says right now the post office is studying the closure of about 2,000 underperforming post offices nationwide. Just how many are in Colorado is unknown. The agency is in the midst of a financial crisis and is considering ways to cut costs--including suspending Saturday mail delivery.

The results of the study aren’t expected until this summer.

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