HAMILTON — While neither post office is closing in Hamilton, a decision to reroute the carriers may have a small impact on mail delivery times for customers.
Mail carriers who service the Rossville post office at 865 Franklin St. will begin reporting to the downtown Hamilton office, 105 Court St., beginning next month. Mail carriers servicing the downtown Hamilton office will report to the Fairfield facility at 700 Wessel Drive beginning in mid-June.
The change will mean a minimal impact to delivery times, according to David Van Allen, regional spokesman for the United States Postal Service.
“Some deliveries may be slightly earlier, some slightly later,” he said. “Most customers will not notice a difference.”
The facility consolidation is part of a nationwide effort by the United States Postal Service to increase efficiency and cut costs as mail volume declines. The Postal Service ended the first quarter of 2014 with a net loss of $354 million, according to officials.
Rerouting the Rossville carriers to the Court Street facility and Hamilton carriers to the Fairfield facility is expected to save the Postal Service about $200,000 annually in transportation costs, according to Van Allen.
Edward Harants, senior manager of post office operations who oversees the greater Cincinnati area, said the decision to reroute the carriers in Hamilton came about four months ago, and is due to the lack of space in the Rossville office.
“The Fairfield office is double the size of the Hamilton area (facility),” he said. “When I went into the Rossville office, there was no room to move. Putting them in the Hamilton facility will give them more space to operate in.”
The Fairfield facility had enough room to accommodate the carriers from one of the Hamilton offices, but not both, Van Allen said. He said it didn’t make sense to move the Rossville carriers directly to Fairfield.
“It would be inefficient based on the distances involved,” he said.
The rerouting will not affect daily window operations or P.O. boxes for residents at either branch, Van Allen said.
Packages in the Rossville district will be transferred to the Rossville window for customers to pick up, and daily delivery routes will remain the same, Harants said.
“They’re just leaving out of a different building,” he said.