OAKLAND — U.S. Postal Service officials have decided to keep open an office in the small city of Oakland but reduce its hours.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that the announcement was made Tuesday during a meeting at Oakland City Hall in Warren County. Fourteen of the city's 225 residents attended the meeting and said they were happy with the decision.
The announcement came as part of a plan by the Postal Service to restructure. Chris Carroll, manager of post office operations in the area, said cost-saving measures are necessary for the agency's financial future.
Carroll said weekdays would be cut back from 8 hours to 4 hours each day beginning in January. It is one of thousands of small post offices across the nation that will scale back hours by 2014.
"The Oakland Post Office is not going to close," Carroll said. "It will basically stay open at the reduced hours of what it earns, which is four hours a day."
Oakland resident and Warren County Magistrate Tommy Hunt said his biggest concern with the potential closure was "working people."
"Us older people can adjust our hours," he said. "I think we all realize we are going to have to adjust."
Retired Postmaster Mary Pearson said she was pleased with the decision.
"I think it's OK," Pearson said. "Time changes everything. You have to go with it."