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Changes Coming for Texoma Post Offices

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. --  Last month two Texoma communities were told that their post offices might be closing, with hundreds fighting to keep the post offices open, today they learned only the hours will change.

It's standing room only at the Mead post office.

"We cannot do without post office," Maryanne Ingram said, a Mead resident.

In May, residents in Cartwright and Mead found out their post offices were on the chopping block -- as part of a plan for the us postal service to save 3.5 billion dollars nationally. Residents had two choices: elect to use another post office or agree to cut hours of operation. And today they learned the results.

"We did do the survey and said we wanted to keep it, but reduced hours, and that's what they're going to do," said Mead resident Dixie Grindem.

The new suggested hours for the mead post office are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., leaving community members satisfied. But just twenty minutes away at the meeting in cart wright, the hourly suggestion is 8 am to noon, leaving some residents angry.

"This town has been growing a little bit in the past few years," said Cartwright resident Chris Comaux. "I'm not going to say it's going to stop the growth, but it's not going to help."
 
Community members say part of the problem is many houses like this one have mailboxes -- but if you walk just seven steps across the street, you'll find this house with no mailbox at all, forcing the resident to go to the post office to get his mail.

"A lot of people don't feel secure leaving their mail out beside the roads, so there's a lot of people who don't have their mail delivered," Comaux said.

The reduction in hours also means smaller paychecks for six postal workers, but the us postal services stresses the need to cut costs since the post office receives no tax payer money, and the demand for services continues to fall issuing this statement:

The postal service's post plan is designed to make sure America's communities continue to have access to our products and services as we right-size our post office network to reflect the nation's current use of our services," said USPS spokeswoman Arlene Sanchez. Listening to our customers and gathering their input via public meetings and surveys is a critical part of the plan."

Sanchez said the new post office hours still have to be finalized, and will go into effect in January.