By Roslyn Giles
PITTSVIEW, AL (WTVM) - The US Postal Service is considering closing nearly 3700 post offices across the United States. The move comes amid a long term need to trim the system's crippling deficit.
In Georgia, 45 offices made the list slated in the shutdown. Although Columbus, Muscogee, Harris, and Troup counties escaped the chopping block, the nearest town on the list of closings is Junction City in Talbot County.
Alabama has 52 offices where postal operations could cease. There are two towns in the WTVM viewing area included, Pittsview and Hatchechubbee in Russell County.
The Postmaster said locations named for potential postal closings average less than 2 hours of work per employee and declining sales of approximately $50.00 a day.
Jobs are now in jeopardy with 5000 positions to be eliminated if the plan springs into action. The process could start within 6 months.
The downsizing project is expected to save $200 million. The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and recorded a $3.8 billion deficit the year before.
To fill the gap, more than 2500 so called, "Village Post Offices" may be created in grocery and convenience stores.
The following is a list of post offices under review in Georgia and Alabama.
GEORGIA POST OFFICES UNDER REVIEW
ALABAMA POST OFFICES UNDER REVIEW