As part of a nationwide effort to trim costs and make operations as efficient as possible, the United States Postal Service recently announced that it will reduce hours of operation at the Hamburg Post Office beginning in February of 2013.
Jill Thiesfeld, officer in charge at the Hamburg location, explained that hours will be cut by two hours and 45 minutes per day during the week, while Saturday hours will remain unchanged.
Currently, the post office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (not including a 1.5-hour lunch period), and Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The new weekday hours will be from 7 to 11 a.m.
Thiesfeld said that the reduction in hours allows the postal service to save on expenses without closing branches or closing on particular days during the week. Input from Hamburg residents, all of whom were sent surveys, was factored into the decision on what the news hours would be. A public meeting regarding the changes was also held that attracted about 20 residents.
“Customer survey responses, input from our community meeting and just the operational needs of the postal service were considered in reaching this decision,” said Thiesfeld.
Thiesfeld emphasized that the changes are not taking effect for another three months, and wanted Hamburg residents to know that the hours they are accustomed to will remain in effect throughout the busy holiday season.
Aside from fewer hours to handle items at the counter, Thiesfeld said most residents will not notice a change in their postal service.
“We’ll still get the mail to all our customers. That is the main focus,” she said.