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Postal Service won't move it

Glenwood center to keep all regional mail sorting duties

Dennis Webb
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

February 10, 2007

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The U.S. Postal Service has decided against further investigating a proposal to move some regional mail distribution from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction.

"After preliminary review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail procession operations at the Glenwood Springs Post Office," Phil Hice, the office's acting postmaster, said in a written statement Friday.

Glenwood's regional sorting facility, on Center Drive in West Glenwood, is one of 40 around the country that the Postal Service has been looking at to see if some operations should be moved elsewhere.

Postal Service spokesman Al DeSarro said it's his understanding that preliminary study so far has eliminated about 10 of the 40 centers from further consideration. The Postal Service on Friday also announced it was ruling out consolidations in Sheridan and Wheatland, Wyo.

The American Postal Workers Union has opposed the consolidations, warning that mail delivery could be delayed up to a week, and that mail collections could occur earlier in the day and deliveries later in the day. But the Postal Service has contended that changes would be made only where service could be maintained at current levels.

Union officials did not return calls for comment Friday.

Glenwood's sorting facility, which is separate from its downtown post office building, has about 40 mail processing employees. The Glenwood center mainly serves ZIP codes starting with "816," such as Glenwood, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Carbondale, Rifle and Craig. It serves some 30 post offices in all.

The center and the downtown office handle about 250,000 pieces of mail per day combined, with the bulk of that being processed in West Glenwood.

Only outgoing mail would have been affected by the consolidation, an amount totaling about 50,000 pieces per day, DeSarro said.

The Postal Service had considered the consolidation because Grand Junction has a larger facility, more advanced automated sorting equipment, and a larger staff of maintenance technicians and other employees.

DeSarro said the Postal Service looked at factors such as transportation times in coming to its decision.

The proposed consolidations have proved controversial in some states. Local congressmen opposed proposals that were later scrapped in Yakima, Wash., and Helena, Mont.

Glenwood was the only Colorado facility among the 40 selected for study. However, the Postal Service has indicated that altogether, 139 centers were either being evaluated for consolidation, or may be, including facilities in Durango and Alamosa. As for now, however, those two sites have not been targeted for study, DeSarro said.

Wherever consolidation is considered, "The Postal Service really does try to do a comprehensive and thorough analysis of that particular site like it did here in Glenwood Springs. That will continue. It's going to be a fair and comprehensive process and I think that's what was done here in Glenwood Springs," he said.

Contact Dennis Webb: 384-9119

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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