U.S. Postal Service to Drop Saturday Mail in August

Some Brookhaven residents are not happy with the decision.

Some Brookhaven and Chamblee residents aren't happy with the U.S. Postal Service's decision to stop Saturday mail delivery.

"A lot of families depend on Saturdays for mail that may not arrive during the week," said one resident at the Brookhaven Post Office who asked not to be identified at the Brookhaven Post Office. "That can have a tremendous impact on them."

Another Brookhaven resident, Hoyt Waters, told Patch he doesn't rely on Saturday deliveries, "but I can see it having an impact on people who need their paychecks and other important pieces of mail that don't arrive during the week."

The U.S. Postal Service will announce the end of Saturday mail delivery on Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.

"What's being reported is one of those things that we are looking at as another possible cost-cutting measure," said Michael Miles, spokesperson for the Atlanta District of the USPS. "So for now it's part of a study that we are looking at over the next five years to reduce our costs."

Saturday mail delivery will end in August. The move, which does not affect package delivery, is expected to save $2 billion annually, the report indicated.

CBS News reports the plan to shrink delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail, while packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on Saturdays.

Brookhaven's main post office is on Dresden Drive, while the Chamblee branch is located at 3545 Broad Street.

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported that Hallmark Cards, Inc. has hired lobbyists who will ask Congress to keep Saturday delivery and consider other cost-saving measures. According to the report, postal workers say the move could result in the loss of 80,000 jobs. 

"It's just another one of those things we are looking at too," said Miles.

Will the loss of Saturday mail delivery affect you? Tell us in comments.

Joni Hubred-Golden contributed to this report.


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