May 15, 2012 7:23 PM by Matt Stafford

Future of postal processing centers still up in the air

The U.S. Postal Service continues to look for ways to close the budget gap, and operate more efficiently moving forward. Post offices and processing centers have been on the chopping block.

Last week the Postal Service announced it would keep 3,700 rural offices open that they had been previously slated for closure.

We're still waiting on a decision on the processing centers. One in Colorado Springs - near E. Fountain Blvd. and S. Academy Blvd. - was supposed to close this month, but it's staying open for now.

Postal Service officials tell News 5 there's still a lot of jockeying going on in Washington D.C. over which of the processing centers will close.

"The official announcement will be made May 17th," says Ron Perry, a U.S.P.S. Spokesperson. "That'll be their plan on how they're going to streamline the processing facilities across the country."

In the meantime it's a source of worry for about 300 employees in Colorado Springs; they showed that in a downtown rally in April.

Last week's news that U.S.P.S. would keep open thousands of rural post offices gave some processing center employees hope.

"It's a better feeling," says employee Louis McCallister. "This September, it'll be 14 years."

However, McCallister still feels there's a lot up in the air.

"Still a lot of questions," says McCallister. "but I'm pretty sure it will come down pretty soon."

"We just ask that customers and employees just be patient and allow the right decisions to be made," says Perry.

The decision on the processing facilities is expected to come on Thursday; News 5 will keep you posted.



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