Fayette County

Hearing is Monday on moving Lexington mail-sorting to Knoxville, Louisville

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a two-hour public hearing Monday on its proposal to move mail-processing operations from Lexington to Louisville and/or Knoxville.

The post office commissioned a study this fall to see whether the move would save money; critics say it could delay mail delivery by rerouting it out of state.

The post office has estimated that closing the postal processing center on Nandino Boulevard could save more than $9 million. It would eliminate roughly 184 jobs at the Nandino site, with a net loss of 103 jobs.

Lexington is one of 250 processing centers nationwide, and one of seven in Kentucky, that is being studied in the next three to four months to see whether it makes sense to consolidate services.

More than 35,000 jobs across the country could be affected, with savings of $3.5 billion. The proposals come as the post office continues to combat a deep decline in mail volume. In the past five years, mail volume has dropped by 43 billion pieces, and the service was $8.5 billion in the red last year.

The public meeting will be 7 to 9 p.m. inside the Norsworthy Auditorium at Fayette County Public Schools' Central Office, 701 East Main St. Public comments also can be mailed to the following address: Manager of Consumer and Industry Contact, Kentuckiana District, P.O. Box 31631, Louisville, Ky. 40231-9631.

Comments will be accepted through Dec. 13.

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