POLL: Four Post Offices in Redding Remain Open

The United States Postal Service, which decided to close some branches earlier this year, recently announced changes which could slow down the delivery of mail.

The United States Postal Service announced over the summer that it would likely close 3,700 of its 30,000 locations as it scrambles to create a business model which does not leave it in the red year after year. In Connecticut, citing low foot traffic, the service said in Stamford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury.

Earlier this week, the postal service announced it would close , which would likely mean the letters you mail will take that much longer to arrive.

There are four—yes, four—post offices in Redding: West Redding, Redding Ridge, Redding Center and Georgetown.

Brent Colley, who maintains historyofredding.com, told Patch this summer that . But in 2011, it appears very clear the postal service needs to cut costs.

Should Redding—a village of less than 10,000 people—have four times the amount of post offices than neighboring Ridgefield, Wilton, Weston and Easton?

ginger jespersen December 06, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Four Postal locations in the Redding area is a luxury that the government can no longer afford. Change is difficult, however one centrally located post office of adequate size seems like a reasonable solution. Offering some extended hours to accommodate work schedules is a consideration that should be factored into the decision. Asking the residents of these neighborhoods where the post office is best situated would be the correct approach to resolve the matter for The US Postal Service and for the communities involved. Ginger Jespersen
Average Joe December 06, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Clearly, Redding does not need four post offices, provided that one or two are staffed to take-on the business relinquished from those that close. The bigger problem is the USPS' lack of control over their own finances and operations. They continue to operate as a money making machine for the government, but appear to be losing money because of what the government takes from them. http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/07/8191425-twisted-government-accounting-behind-postal-service-woes/ Congress needs to give the USPS control to innovate, and manage their own finances. If that were the case, the media would be covering how the USPS is thriving and improving their business (again). I do not work for the postal service, but I know what is required of them is ridiculous.
Mrsfurious December 06, 2011 at 07:08 PM
I wish the Georgetown PO would deliver local mail. It's very frustrating to live in Gtown and have to go all the way to West Redding to pick up a package. It would also help the area continue to develop an identity by being a more truly central facility.
Aileen December 07, 2011 at 04:51 PM
We love Delores at the Redding Center Post office! Going to the post office isn't a chore when you get to deal with someone as sweet as Delores. Perhaps not all four post offices are needed, but there is definately something to be said for how easy it is to go to the post office here. Try going to someone of the other bigger town post offices and its a pure nightmare!
Ben Hume December 07, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Great article, but I don't understand how taking jobs away from hard working American's will resolve the USPS's financial deficit. I read this morning that the CEO of the postal service makes about $500,000 a year. I wonder if the top executives or middle managers are taking any kind of pay cut or are being let go. As for the workers who are being cut, what will they do? Sign up for food stamps to feed their family? Seek out work in a dead employment market? Go on unemployment? Our once great country is quickly becoming a welfare state. Why don't they raise their rates? Last time I checked Federal Express isn't laying off anyone, UPS isn't either. So why is the postal service?


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