Meeting focuses on future of Hub mail processing

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg residents and U.S. Postal Service employees met with the Postal Service Wednesday night at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center to express their concerns about having local mail processed on the Coast rather than in Hattiesburg. The Postal Service is conducting a study to find out if it should move mail processing operations from the Hub City to Gulfport.

Postal Service officials say that could save a lot of money and they say customers wouldn't even notice the change.

But many Hub City residents and Postal Service employees say the move could push jobs and dollars out of the local economy.

"I don't know how you can increase efficiency by moving the mail and the employees from an efficient operation into maybe a less efficient operation, I don't know," said Postal Service employee Tim Eaton.

"I want not only my postmark here, but I want my mail processed and sent out by citizens of Hattiesburg," said Hattiesburg resident Ursula Jones.

"There's no problem at all with any customer seeing a difference once this (proposed change) is complete," said Nancy Ross, a spokesperson with the Mississippi District of the U.S. Postal Service. "Because, the delivery will be the same, the carriers will still be on the street, the retail windows where you go and buy your stamps and money orders will be the same," Ross said.

She says the study could be completed in the next couple of months.

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