Flyers have been mailed out, and the deadline to return them is Monday. The surveys are also available at the Lindley Post Office. Also, a community meeting has been set for 6 p.m. July 21 at Lindley Town Hall, when the results of the survey will be revealed and the issue will be discussed.
There are several options, said Lindley Town Supervisor Gerald Simcoe.
The first is to have reduced hours at the Lindley Post Office, which is adjacent to Town Hall. The daily hours would be cut from eight to four.
The other option would be to close the post office.
In that case, residents could either go to a nearby post office for services, or get mail delivery service from their mail carrier. In some rural areas, the U.S. Postal Service subcontracts with a local business that offers limited postal services, but Simcoe doesn’t think that’s feasible for Lindley.
“I don’t think that would work,” Simcoe said. “The only store in Lindley is Brownie’s, which is really close to the Lawrenceville Post Office.”
The U.S. Postal Service – which has struggled financially for years, largely due to a decline in mail volume – has been reviewing operations at about 15,000 underutilized post offices nationwide since 2012, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a regional spokeswoman for the Postal Service.
During the reviews, they ask for residents’ opinions before making a decision.
“Overwhelmingly, people would rather modify the hours and keep the post office open,” she said. “That’s what people want 99 percent of the time.”
However, if Lindley residents indicate they could do without the post office, then closure would be considered, Mazurkiewicz said.
The results of the surveys for Lindley will be announced at the July 21 meeting, and the issue will be discussed further.