The U.S. Postal Service made an announcement in February 2012 with plans to close seven mail-processing centers across the state during 2014.
The U.S. Postal Service made an announcement in February 2012 with plans to close seven mail-processing centers across the state during 2014. But those changes are happening sooner than the original plan anticipated, and not just in Kansas. According to Brian Sperry, USPS regional spokesman, the consolidation of 55 mail-processing centers nationwide will be accelerated from 2014 to 2013. Centers in Liberal, Colby, Hays and Topeka have already been consolidated. For Dodge City, that means all mail-processing willl merge with a center in Wichita July 13. And while the date is tentative and subject to change, Sperry said the switch is part of the Postal Service's effort to return to long-term stability. Sperry said he does not anticipate any changes in delivery times for affected first class mail. He described the Wichita facility as having extra capacity which will allow for more efficient mail processing. One change that is certain, though, is an earlier pick-up time for mail dropped in the trademark blue postal boxes. The latest collection time is currently 7 p.m. Come July, the latest collection will be 5 p.m. "The Postal Service is losing $25 million a day," Sperry said. "We have seen a 34 percent reduction in first class mail volume in the past your years." Sperry attributes the change to changing mail habits, namely customers paying bills online and using digital means of communication. And with the decrease in first-class mail being sent, Sperry said the Postal Service has been left in dire financial condition. As of now, the Dodge City Post Office handles both incoming and outgoing mail-processing for all mail relevant to zipcodes beginning with 678. Sperry said employees at locations where consolidation is to take place have known for more than a year, and many of the positions have been eliminated by attrition and retirement. For those that remain, though, Sperry said the Postal Services plans to work to retain their employment. "The Dodge City location will remain open as a Post Office, a transport hub as well as a retail and bulk-mail facility," Sperry said. By consolidating mail-processing facilities nationwide, Sperry said the USPS anticipates a total savings of $2.1 billion by February 2014.