U.S. Post Office Operations Manager Daniel Reyes spoke to the group Thursday at Moya’s Cafe and announced the post office will change its operation hours to 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday effective no later than Jan. 10.
USPS contemplated closing the Berclair Post Office and many other rural postal facilities in Texas in 2011, but chose to reduce the hours of operation instead after negative feedback from residents.
“I’m very happy about it,” said 82-year-old Vergie Parchman. “I’ll take the two hours. I’d rather have four, but it’s better than nothing.”
The USPS mailed out surveys to 138 customers in the Berclair area asking them if they would prefer realigning the facility’s hours, having mail delivered, creating a “village” post office in a local business or using a nearby post office. Of the 138 surveys sent out, 42 were returned and 83 percent favored realigning the hours while seven percent chose the “village” post office option.
The Berclair Post Office’s current hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Reyes said the latest USPS decision is not the first step in a process to close the Berclair Post Office.
“That’s not going to happen,” Reyes said. “That’s not the intent of the plan. The intent is to realign the hours based on the current usage. We want to keep the post offices open so the community’s identity remains intact.”
Customers will still be able to pick up their mail from the post office boxes during the current hours.
Parchman and others told Reyes that the post office serves community residents as a daily meeting place and would sorely be missed if it was closed.
“That’s the way it is in the country, especially when we can’t get around like we used to,” Parchman said.