March 5, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 10

Nashua Post Office Faces Changes

With technology cutting down on the number of items moving through the post office several rural offices have been looking at changes nationwide. Nashua’s post office is under an evaluation to determine the future of what service might look like.

Customers received a letter in the mail asking for input on what preferences they might have when it comes to changes. The letter states that more than 60 percent of community input will help determine the post office hours for customer service and how that service is provided.

The post office has sent out a survey for residents to complete, and a public meeting will take place on April 4 at 5 p.m. The post office plans on answering questions and providing additional information to the public.

The service window is currently open eight hours each weekday and is closed on weekends.

Alternatives offered in the survey are to keep the office open and change service hours from eight hours each workday to six hours each day. Customers can suggest their preferred hours of operation in the survey or at the public meeting that will take place.

The post office could conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points would help customers purchase postal services through a carrier or these access points.

They could also conduct a discontinuance study to find an alternative location that would be operated by a local contractor or local business. The contractor or business would provide stamps, flat rate products and other services for the post office.

The final option left for Nashua would to conduct a discontinuance study for the office and relocate P.O. box services to a nearby post office.

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