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Local Texoma Post Offices subject to closing soon

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BRYAN AND FANNIN COUNTY -- Some Texoma residents may lose their local post office. Due to financial setbacks, the U.S. Postal Service has been consolidating its locations across the country.

Residents in Bryan and Fannin County may need to go elsewhere when sending mail in the near future. The U.S. Postal Service started its “post plan” program in 2012 due to the rapid decline in people using First Class Mail.

“The post plan is all about preserving service to our rural communities,” said Arlene Sanchez, the Oklahoma US Postal Representative. “So we do everything that we can to keep those offices open.”

The service says this plan could save the agency up to $1.2 billion by the end of the year. But those savings will impact Texoma residents.

“The Mead Post Office is a post plan office, which means that it was one of the offices identified to be studied,” said Sanchez.

Other Texoma towns that currently have a “post plan” office subject to closing include Cartwright, OK, Dodd City, TX and Ector, TX, both in Fannin County.

“If we close the Mead Post Office it’s going to hurt a lot of people out here,” said Lauren Carter, a concerned resident, “especially the older and disabled.”

People in mead say they were notified in a letter from the postal service of the future changes, though some worry not everyone understood the letter’s contents.

“I get a lot of packages,” said Michael Carter, who frequently using Mead’s Postal Services. “I get a lot of mail every day.”

Mead residents say driving those extra miles daily to pick up their mail at the next closest office isn’t financially ideal.

“Now I’m talking a half hour from where I live up in the back here,” Carter said, “every single day going into Durant. A half hour, I can’t afford the gas now.”

Residents say the letter does ask for feedback in a public hearing next month, but requires 60% of the community to respond.  Workers for the mead office couldn’t comment on the situation, but encourage residents to attend the hearing. 

The Mead Post Office hearing will be held at the office on July 18 at 1:30 p.m. Cartwright Post Office will hold its hearing on July 18 as well but at 12:00 p.m. Ector's hearing will be on July 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Ector ISD Cafeteria. Dodd City will host at the Dodd City Community Center on July 10 at 6:00 p.m.