Councilman holds hearing on closure of regional mail center

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn, Chair of the Job Creation Committee, conducted a public hearing on Monday to discuss the possible closure of the USPS regional mail center on Dalton Street.

Winburn says the closure of the mail center would claim 2,000 jobs and result in a loss of $2 million to $3 million.

"The City of Cincinnati and the local economy stand to lose significant tax revenue and small businesses will be hit hard from the closure of this regional mail center," said Winburn. "We need to be able to quantify that impact and that's what this hearing is intended to do."

Hundreds of postal workers showed up at Monday's hearing to voice their opinion.

"We're going to fight the good fight of faith. We're going to fight until the end," said Winburn. "We must stand with these postal workers and their families. This is going to impact every aspect of the city of Cincinnati, the hospitals will be impacted as a result, the school system...even political candidates are going to have a hard time getting their mail out."

The postal service has been under growing economic pressure in recent years. First class mail volume has been slipping by 10-percent a year, so the agency has been looking for solutions.

"Looking at the basic question do we need all of them, are there ways that we can consolidate and we're looking at the capacity of the facilities," said Victoria Dubina with USPS. "The capacity of the gaining facilities and the basic question is what makes sense."

The post office is studying half of its 500 processing centers to determine which ones may close.

If the study finds that money could be saved by shuttering some facilities, the postal service would hold public hearings before any closures occur.

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