Tractor-trailers back into the U.S. Postal Service’s Albany Mail Processing Center on South Slappey Boulevard Thursday. The USPS has released its list of facilities it will consider closing. Albany and Valdosta made the list.
ALBANY -- According to a recent feasibility study at the United States Postal Service's Albany customer service mail processing center and reviewed by the USPS North Florida district office, significant savings can be realized in each of several areas by consolidation of the Albany and Tallahassee processing centers.
A summary brief of the area mail processing proposal provided by Consumer & Industry Contact Manager Tony Joy with the North Florida district stated that "the initial results of the study support the business case for consolidation." It stated further, however, that the study is currently under review at United States Postal Service headquarters and its area office, and is subject to change.
The summary brief provides a breakdown of estimated annual savings to be realized from consolidation, including expenses such as employees, management, maintenance and transportation. All categories of savings amounted to an estimated total of $3,527,763. The greatest single category was expected to be in transportation costs with a savings of $1,186,293 annually.
A net loss of approximately 15 postal jobs is projected by the study, although there is no mention as to how the loss would be shared between the two areas to be consolidated.
According to the summary brief, retail and other services now available at the Albany facility would not change, although there may be differences in local business mail acceptance times and local collection box pick-up times as well. A local postmark will be available for stamped first-class mail at retail locations, and delivery times of mail to residences and businesses would not change.
According to Joy, there will be a public meeting to explain the proposed consolidation at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Kirkland Conference Center at Albany Technical College.
"We welcome public input on this proposal," Joy said. "Those who have questions concerning the AMP study or proposal can contact me at (904) 858-6511."