Caddo post office not closing after survey

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

CADDO, OK-U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the postal service lost $16 billion last year. The agency considered closing down smaller post offices to make the budget, which worried some Texomans.

The postal service sent out surveys to hundreds of post offices across the nation, including one in Bryan County, asking for public input. Friday, they released those results.

Just at the beginning of March, Caddo residents received a survey in the mail from the U.S. Postal Service asking for their feedback, if they'd rather change post office hours, have mail delivered directly to their homes or close the post office. Friday afternoon, the post office holds a public meeting to share with residents their findings.

Caddo resident, Rita Williams, got concerned when she received a survey from the USPS in the mail the first week of March; worried her local post office might be on the chopping block.

"I filled out the change of the hours but I definitely didn't want it to close. This is a sentimental post office, it's been here for a long time and I don't want to see it close," she said.

Renae Farrar also received that same survey.

"I was concerned about it closing down. I know in a lot of places, especially in the Dallas area have chosen to go that way because they're not utilized as much. But for this community, I feel that a lot of people come here," she said.

Williams and Farrar, along with nearly 300 other Caddo residents filled out the survey and results were released at a public meeting Friday afternoon.
A USPS representative who was at the meeting wouldn't speak to us on camera, but said 92 percent of the people surveyed supported the change of hours over shutting down and other options.

Ellen Anderson said that's good news.

"It's part of our history so we're glad they're not because that would've been emotional for us. But even conveniently, there's a lot of people living here, not necessarily in town, but in the outskirts and this is convenient not having to go all the way to Durant," she said.

Caddo's post office will now be open Monday thru Friday 6 hours instead of 7 to cut costs, with the office opening and closing 2 hours earlier. Saturday hours will stay the same.

"It doesn't affect me, the hours. I can adjust mine. If I need to mail something I can adjust my schedule to theirs," said Williams.

"I can't imagine why they would change the hours. I think if anything, just be a little more patient because this place is growing," said Farrar.

The proposed hour changes for Caddo will be in place in the next 30 days. Last month, the postal service also announced ending Saturday mail delivery hoping to save $2 billion a year.


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