Lufkin-area mail may be on the move again

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It appears another part of Lufkin post office's processing facility could be on the move.

Seven months after announcing the outgoing portion of the processing facility would consolidate with Tyler's facility, the incoming portion of the processing facility is also up for review.

Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service released a list of nearly 250 facilities that could be shut down as early as next year, with Lufkin on the list.

USPS will spend four months studying the facility's efficiency.

"It will include the evaluation of transportation costs, the impact of customers, especially mailers, the impact on employees," said McKinney Boyd, USPS spokesman.

If the Lufkin processing and distribution facility is closed then the everyday operations that take place will be consolidated into the North Houston facilities.

Boyd said customers could see a slight delay in receiving their mail.

"We expect during inclement weather there could be a very slight delay," Boyd said. "But other than that, we think this will be a very transparent process."

Boyd said no employees would lose their jobs in Lufkin, but they would likely be transferred to the North Houston facility.

A public hearing will be held in Lufkin and a decision should be made by March, Boyd said.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said the postal service should be managing the agency as a business, but instead they are managing it like money is no object.

"They're slashing the very things that would make them money and have people use the service more because if people are going to be mailing a letter from Lufkin to Lufkin and they know it's going to go to Houston or wherever else, then they'll figure well I'm better off just sending an email or just running it over there," Gohmert said. "They are shooting themselves in the foot with this ridiculous management style. They don't understand and it's hard to believe they don't, but they're slashing the very thing that makes people use the U.S. mail and once that's done, they're just killing off the post office. It's just absurd."

East Texans have mixed feelings about the proposed change.

"They're caught between a rock and a hard place," Steve Buchanan said.

"With so many cutbacks, you don't know what they're going to cut next," Michael Ingram said. "It's going to affect the mail a lot."

"I don't get that much by mail anyway, so no it wouldn't bother me," Twyman Mullen said.

"It seems to be a necessary evil since they don't have that much to do anymore to be quite honest and they have to figure out the cheapest thing they can do just like everybody else," Buchanan said.

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