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Effective July 8, the Eudora Post Office will be reducing their lobby hours.  The new hours for the lobby area will be 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will be 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  Post Office box availability will not be affected by the reduction in hours.

Michelle Gabriel, the Officer-In-Charge of the Eudora post office explained a reduction in staff at the Eudora facility is the reason for change.

“They are doing consolidation all over to eliminate supervisor positions,” Gabriel said. “Our postmaster moved over to the De Soto office and now oversees us, De Soto, Linwood and Clearview City.”

Gabriel is the lone employee left in the Eudora Post Office as of the beginning of June.  All mail carriers that deliver to the residences were moved to the De Soto office earlier this year and all the mail is sorted for delivery at that location.

“I actually look forward to having customers come in,” Gabriel stated. “It’s just me and the radio in here and it’s nice to actually talk to someone at times.”

The Postal Service for the last few years has been reducing staff and available facilities in an effort to cut costs.  Nationally, officials have been stating that the Postal Service is losing money due to the need to cover health care costs for future retirees and the lack of volume of mail.  In the first quarter of 2013, the Postal Service reported a $1.9 Billion loss.

The changes to the Eudora Office have already caused some hardships for Eudora postal patrons.  With the move of sorting operations to De Soto, businesses were the first to notice the impact.  Prior to the move, P.O. Box mail was sorted and placed in the boxes early in the morning and ready for customers to pick up as they arrived at work.  Now, Gabriel says she tries to have it in the boxes by 11:00 AM.

“I have to box it while running the window and handle phone calls, deliveries or pickups and anything else that may arise in the office,” Gabriel said.

David Miller of Miller Agency Insurance, located next door to the post office, voiced his concerns over the changes.

“Those of us accustomed to getting mail at the Post Office first thing in the morning are having to change our ways,” Miller said. “It affects us greatly because we still use the mail service extensively in our business and having the mail first thing allowed us to better handle our customers’ needs. I know the staff in Eudora is doing the best they can under the circumstances but for the P.O. Box customers, it’s a definite degradation in service.”

With the moving of most operations to De Soto and the reduction in hours, we wondered if this could be a sign that the future of the Eudora Post Office may be questionable.

“No, we are way too busy not to stay open,” Gabriel told us.

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One Response to Eudora Post Office reducing lobby hours

  • Would sure be nice if they could install a vending machine so we could purchase stamps when the lobby is closed.