April 7, 2011
Homer mail carriers move to Cortland
South Main Street post office will remain open
Starting this week, the mail carriers at the Homer Post Office will move their sorting operations to the Cortland Post Office, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday.
The changes will not affect customer service at the Homer Post Office, said Maureen Marion, a postal service press officer.
The number of letter carriers that deliver mail to Homer remains the same, Marion said. The carriers will deliver mail on the same schedule as they did when they worked out of the Homer Post Office.
“The Homer Post Office is still intact,” Marion said, adding that the only change would be where letter carriers begin and end their work days.
She said the Postal Service has been looking for ways to make its operations across the county more efficient while cutting costs.
“The more things you are able to do under one roof is just a help,” Marion said.
She said the changes at the Cortland Post Office are similar to efforts to reduce costs at post offices around the country.
Marion said she did not have figures for how much the change would save the Postal Service or if there has been a significant decline in the volume of mail at the Homer Post Office.
She said that overall, Central New York is not immune to the decline in paper mail that has taken place in recent years. She said the growth of electronic communication has forced the Postal Service to look at new ways to cut costs.
She said the Postal Service has seen a total decline in mail volume of more than 43 billion pieces over the past five years.
In 2010, the total mail volume was 170.6 billion pieces, compared to 176.7 billion pieces in 2009, a decline of 3.5 percent, according to a news release from the Postal Service.
Marion said there were no changes pending at other post offices in Cortland County.
In September, community members in Homer organized a protest at the Homer Post Office after rumors that it might close. The post office is located at 2 S. Main St.
Marion stressed that members of the Homer community will not see any changes at their local post office.
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