By Jason Bradley
For The Tribune
A United States Postal Service representative Thursday said new hours for the Clay Post Office on Old Springville will be released next week.
Manager of Post Office Operations Willie Trawick told those who attended a community input meeting that new post office operating hours will most likely be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will most likely be 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Trawick said.
A recent survey aimed at gathering community input and opinion on the re-alignment of the post office’s operational needs and business hours was sent to 276 Clay residents. Only 66 returned the survey.
Clay Mayor Charles Webster said the current six-hour daily business hours have been satisfactory, but also said he didn’t want to see those hours reduced any further.
Webster also said that the overall goal is to let Clay residents know that they need to use their local post office in order to keep current business hours and to keep it open.
According to Webster, the U.S
. Postal Service has said that if current revenues remain stable over the next two years, the Clay Post Office hours will remain at the six-hour business day operation.
The Clay Post Office and Palmerdale Post Office were on a May 2012 list to have their window hours cut some time in the next two years.
The May 2012 announcement describes it as a “framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability.” From Jan. 1 to March 31, the USPS had a net loss of $3.2 billion, the USPS website states.