Closure of mail center protested PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 10:26
Ohio legislators have asked Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to take another look at a recommendation to close a mail processing and distribution center in Toledo.
In a letter sent Monday, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) requested the postal service audit the study that recommended closure in advance of any changes, rather than after the facility is shut down.
“We don’t want to have them to do it backwards,” Latta said. “We want them to look at it beforehand so they can have all the facts up front.”
Latta said he heard many complaints from area residents affected by the 2010 closure of a plant in Lima who said mail from individuals and small businesses was delayed or undelivered.
“It was pretty much a mess, and I don’t think anybody can deny it,” he said.
“We remain concerned that consolidating the Toledo P&DC could cause delays in mail delivery and not produce the proposed savings in the AMP study,” the letter reads, noting that following the Lima closure, complaints of delayed service and undelivered mail increased 136 percent, and the postal service also “miscalculated” its savings by 5 percent.
Latta expressed optimism that the four lawmakers’ joint efforts will draw a timely response from the postal service.
“Hopefully they’ll listen to us,” he said. “They might find it doesn’t make sense.”
Laura Strange, Latta’s communications director, confirmed a study released in December 2011 recommended the Toledo distribution center be closed in 2014, and stated $19 million could be saved each year by transferring its services to Columbus and Pontiac, Mich.
Latta and Portman also sent a June 18 opposition letter after Latta initially wrote Donahoe upon release of the 2011 study.
Strange said the Toledo facility employs roughly 400 people.
Rob Girly, postmaster of Bowling Green’s post office, said he was unable to comment on how the closure might affect local mail service.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:59
 

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