City’s mail-processing facility spared

Overnight delivery to continue in Durango until February 2014

Durango’s mail-processing facility will not be consolidated until at least 2014, according to an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service.

Durango was not on a list of 140 mail-processing locations that will be consolidated in the coming months.

The Postal Service expects to review Durango’s facility, along with 88 others across the country, for a second round of consolidations, which are scheduled to begin in February 2014.

News first broke last year that the Postal Service was considering moving Durango’s mail operations to Albuquerque. Agency officials visited Durango in December to take public comment about the proposed consolidation.

In Durango, the move will eliminate 16 jobs and save the Postal Service about $500,000. It also likely will mean the end of overnight mail delivery. Customer services offered from the front-of-house operations at the post office will not be affected by the consolidation.

The processing centers up for the first round of consolidations were chosen because their services could be moved with only minor service-standard changes, said David Rupert, a Colorado spokesman for the Postal Service.

The agency’s consolidation plans are an effort to save up to $3 billion annually.

“Given that the Postal Service is currently projecting a $14 billion net loss in FY2012, and continuing annual losses of this magnitude, we simply cannot justify maintaining our current mail-processing footprint,” Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and chief executive officer of the Postal Service, said in a news release Thursday.

The announcement comes after last week’s news that the Postal Service decided to delay closure of 3,700 low-revenue and rural post offices, including those in Marvel and Hesperus. They will experience reduced hours, however.

ecowan@durangoherald.com

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