Under the Post Plan, the U.S. Post Office has closed a number of community post offices and reduced hours for smaller towns. The plan was developed as an alternative to closing the smaller post offices.
On Thursday, April 4, Rhonda Mailey, who oversees post offices with the 592 ZIP Codes, conducted one such meeting to discuss the fate of the Nashua Post Office. Nashua area residents in attendance were unanimous in stating they did not want to see the post office close.
It will not.
Effective Saturday, May 17, the Nashua Post Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those with post office boxes in the lobby will still be able to access their mail after hours.
Adams said she will retain her lunch hour from 12:30 to 1:30, during which time the counter will be closed.
In response to the question of installing a stamp machine in the lobby of the post office, those attending the meeting were told that it was not feasible as the machines are expensive and hard to maintain.
Mail deposited in the outside box at the Nashua Post Office will be picked up at 3 p.m. instead of at 4 p.m.
Nashua, which handles services once provided by the closed Larslan Post Office, is not alone in the reduced hours. The Hinsdale post office was cut to four hours per day. Fort Peck hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saco is at six hours. In September of this year, the Frazer Post Office will be reduced to four hours a day. Meanwhile, the Glasgow and Wolf Point offices remain open eight hourson weekdays and a half day on Saturdays.
The postmasters at Nashua, Fort Peck, and Hinsdale were able to find new positions. As a result, these post offices now have a person with the title Postmaster Relief in charge.