Public has chance to weigh in on Maine mail consolidation proposal

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 06, 2012, at 9:31 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — The public, including customers and employees of the U.S. Postal Service, will get a chance to weigh in next week on a controversial USPS consolidation proposal that would shut down the mail processing operation at the Hampden processing and distribution facility.

A meeting at Jeff’s Catering on 5 Coffin Ave. in Brewer’s East West Industrial Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, is expected to attract a large crowd as postal officials explain the consolidation proposal idea, which resulted from a USPS study started four months ago.

The proposal calls for closing the Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility in Hampden and having the processing and distribution facility in Scarborough — the only other one in Maine — handle those duties.

Both U.S. senators from Maine, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, are solidly against the proposal, saying that mail service to the northern part of Maine would suffer.

The USPS has posted presentation materials as well as a summary brief for the proposal online at http://about.usps.com/streamlining-operations/area-mail-processing.htm.

The USPS has also scheduled an invitation-only meeting for premier business account customers and other officials at 3 p.m. Jan. 11.

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