On Wednesday, Public To Be Told USPS Study Recommends Closing Dallas Main Post Office

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Here we go again.

Ever since I read this last month, I've been trying to nail down whether the United States Postal Service intends to shutter the Dallas Main Post Office on IH30. I went so far as to contact Eddie Bernice Johnson's office; two weeks ago her spokesperson said, "We are going to hold off commenting at this time." Johnson, you may recall, was vehemently opposed to closing the main office back in 2009, when it was revealed the USPS was considering moving some operations to the Coppell processing plant; so too was then-Mayor Tom Leppert.

But the USPS, which claims to be losing $23 million every single day, is once again looking at closing the main office in Dallas: There will be a public hearing on Wednesday at Mountain View College, at which time officials with the postal service will discuss the findings of a just-completed study that recommends transferring the Dallas operations to the Fort Worth Processing and Distribution Center and the North Texas Processing and Distribution Center in Coppell.

Says a briefing prepared for next week's meeting, which you will find on the other side, "Due to the above consolidations, a net decrease of approximately 517 positions is projected," along with a projected savings of $31,981,526. Mayor Mike Rawlings received the heads-up last week from Fort Worth District Manager Timothy Vierling, who will speak at Wednesday's meeting.

McKinney Boyd, the USPS's local spokesman, tells Unfair Park this morning that nothing's definite, that "no decision has been made about closing the downtown main post office." He says Wednesday's hearing is but the first step in a process that may result in its shuttering, but that the local office and USPS HQ have yet to make any decision about the main processing plant's fate.

"This meeting scheduled Wednesday is no more than an opportunity for us to get feedback and listen to the community about why or why we shouldn't continue" operating the Dallas Main Post Office, he says. Perhaps, I said, but there's a line in the briefing -- "The initial results of the study support the business case for consolidation" -- that suggests the USPS is certainly learning toward closing the main office.

"They are looking at every facet of its operations, but no decision has been made," Boyd says. "Mr. Vierling is the field manager here, and in order for this facility to close it would require headquarters' approval. Even Mr. Vierling has not determined this is the fact. He's required the gather the information and forward it to the local office and Postal Service HQ, so no decision has been made."

And, as the briefing says: "This study, currently in review at United States Postal Service Headquarters and its Area Office, is subject to change."

Nevertheless, he doesn't expect Wednesday's public hearing will be a quiet one -- not after the furor that erupted in '09.

"It is a big deal," Boyd says, "But have a responsibility to share our position with the community. We're trying to remain transparent. We may have some opposition, and people may have their professional and personal opinion, but we have a responsibility to say, 'Each and every day we open our doors, the previous day we lost $23 million,' and we have to remove the redundancy of processing mail."Summary Brief Public Meeting Dallas 11-22-11Public Meeting Presentation Dallas 12-07-11
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Keith Mc
Keith Mc

"McKinney Boyd, the USPS's local spokesman..."Finances must be really tight at the USPS these days.   Outsourcing spokesperson duties to a high school!  What next.

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

If they close that location, what's going to happen on April 15th? The Clogging of I-30 is a yearly ritual.

(The October 15th re-hash isn't unnoticeable, either.)

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

So then, my question would be if the mail will take longer to get to my house?

williamedia
williamedia

Well I guess we can look at it this way. If they do end up shuttering the Dallas Main Post Office the city could attract a significantly sized development to that land. It could end up being a long term blessing for Oak Cliff if even in the short term so many people lose their jobs which is never a good thing.

Guesty McG
Guesty McG

As long as there's someplace in Dallas County I can go to and get any postal service I need (certified letter, today's postmark at 11:45 PM, etc.) 24 hours a day, with an actual person on the other side of the counter to work through any issues, they can close the I-30 location anytime they want.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Does this mean EBJ's relatives will have to wait a day or two longer for their scholarship checks?

Pretty Perry
Pretty Perry

Just close it.  The USPS is a dinosaur that needs to be euthanized.

Ed D.
Ed D.

For less than 50 cents, a guy will come to your house to pick up an envelope, fly it across the whole country, then hand deliver it to the address on the envelope even if that's in Alaska or Maine or North Dakota. Less than 50 cents. When you're ready to pay FedEx prices for every Hallmark card you mail or every Netflix disc you return, call me.

matt
matt

will leave a huge empty building and lot thats for sure. 

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

The USPS should merge their distribution centers with Netflix/Amazon distribution centers, since that is all the Post Office is good for these days.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I don't know about that. I get a postcard from Floss dental at least once a week.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I dont know if its my computer or the website, but I cant scroll down below the TNT Dallas post and also every article shows no comments until you click to jump into the post.  Is this problem on my end or what?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

The problem is most likely with the Disqus plugin used to power the comments on UP. Disqus is a separate system from the platform VVM uses to manage their blogs. UP is probably making API calls to Disqus and either getting old data or isn't handling the errors properly so the comment count doesn't look right, but the async calls to render the existing comments is functioning so when you are in part of the page (the post itself) that makes that async call back to Disqus you are getting up to date data.

From time to time I have to refresh UP posts because the Disqus plugin won't render the comments at all. It's just crap clogged up in the series of tubes we call the internet.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

All seems fine on this end -- clear your cache lately?

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