Friday, February 24, 2012

The U.S. Postal Service will close its Carroll mail-processing center this summer, which will cut at least three of the local post office’s 12 clerks, said Rich Watkins, a Postal Service spokesman.

“Initially, it won’t have any impact on local mail service,” he said.

All Carroll-area mail — whether it’s sent to a local address or to one out of town — will be trucked to and from a Des Moines sorting facility.

Sorting is done by hand in Carroll, whereas in Des Moines, a machine sorts the mail, Watkins said.

Watkins said that despite the change, a local first-class letter will still reach its destination the next day.

That would change, however, with the Postal Service’s proposal in December to change its delivery standards so that the earliest a letter could arrive would be two days from when it’s mailed.

A commission that oversees the Postal Service is expected to make a decision on that change this fall.

Until then, Carroll-area residents should not notice a change in their service, postmaster Todd Oxley said.

“We’re not closing the Carroll post office,” he said. “It’s just like shutting down half of the building. We’ll no longer do the sorting.”

That could change in August when the commission rules on the Postal Service proposals.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty,” Oxley said. “It’s really a lot more questions than answers right now.”

Watkins said the postal service will not fire the local clerks but rather find jobs for them elsewhere in the service.