Local congressmen ask USPS to keep open Eureka Mail Processing Center

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EUREKA- A plan to cease mail-processing operations in Eureka has elected officials petitioning the United States Postal Service.

Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) sent a letter to the postmaster general this week asking the postal service to reconsider its plan to close the Eureka Mail Processing Center beginning in 2015.

Currently, all local mail is sorted and processed at the processing center, located inside of Eureka’s Main Post Office. If the new plan were to go in effect, all sorting and processing would be done instead in Medford, Oregon and then transported back to Eureka.

In the letter, the congressmen say if the center were to close, the local economy would be impacted. Residents would see delays in their mail delivery.

“I think it's going to be very bad for this area. Because to go all the way out to Oregon,” said Eureka resident Dan Maguirei. “They're going to have to have the mail come back that's going out there, and coming back. It's kind of a waste of time.”

Officials with the U.S. Postal Service say the Eureka Post Office will remain open for basic services. Slight delays in mail delivery are expected once the plan goes into effect next year. They also say that some jobs will be terminated but those employees will be given other positions within the postal service.