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Pioneer post office to change hours of service

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By PETER SAWYER

 The Pioneer Post Office will begin to operate under reduced hours at the start of 2013. 

“We’re not closing,” said Angie Householder, the U. S. Postal Service’s officer in charge at the Pioneer Post Office. “We’re just reducing the hours to run more efficiently.”

A meeting was held Oct. 24 to discuss changes to the services that would be offered out of the Pioneer Post Office.

“The community was invited to give their opinion,” Householder said. “And what they thought would be best to continue. We had quite a good turnout.”

The Pioneer Post Office will reduce its business hours to four hours a day. Householder is in charge at the Pioneer Post Office until it reduces its hours of operation. She has been in charge since August. Pioneer Post Office won’t begin operating under the new hours before Jan. 12, Householder said. The post office’s new hours of operation will be either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

While the reduction in hours isn’t the only change being made in Pioneer, Householder feels it will have the biggest impact on the average resident.

“Honestly, you won’t be able to tell any difference except for the hours being reduced,” Householder said. “There will be some changes, but they will be behind the scenes things.”

One of the behind the scenes service changes is mail has begun to be routed from the Huntsville Post Office. On Nov. 3, mail carriers that deliver to the residents served by the Pioneer Post Office began to pick up mail in Huntsville. 

These changes won’t affect jobs, Householder said. 

“It really has no affect on that,” she said.

The postmaster, who was the full-time employee at the Pioneer Post Office, retired this summer. Once the office’s hours are reduced, Householder will leave. That will leave one part-time employee to manage business at the post office.

Several post offices have been affected, Householder said.

“We’re not the only one,” she said.

One of the reasons for the reduction in hours is financial, Householder said. Pioneer Post Office sells about $50 worth of stamps a day, she said.

“A post office is never closed based solely on (financials) because of what they represent to the community,” Householder said. “This is why they are only reducing the hours and not closing them.”

The reduction is hours is partly to reduce overhead cost in order to maintain the services of the Pioneer post office, Householder said.