Postal Service changes are behind the scenes

U.S. Postal Service officials are looking to centralize mail handling and other activities to cut spending in the Grand Valley.

The Postal Service is transferring carrier operations from the Palisade Post Office to the Grand Junction Main Post Office this month, said Al DeSarro, spokesman for the Postal Service in Denver.

The change, scheduled for Aug. 27, is intended to increase efficiency and should not affect postal customers, DeSarro said.

“We’ll keep the customer retail service and P.O. box lobby and everything,” DeSarro said.

What will change is the activities that take place out of view — mail sorting and preparation of letter carriers’ loads — will be done in a larger location in the main Grand Junction Post Office, 241 N. Fourth St., he said.

It remains unclear how a possible proposal to reduce the ranks of postal workers by 120,000, or 20 percent, would affect daily mail service in Colorado, DeSarro said. The changes have to be approved by Congress.


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