Survey asks Luttrell residents if they want to save post office

Survey asks Luttrell residents if they want to save the post office

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Some 6 News viewers in Luttrell contacted us, concerned their local post office might be closing. Some 6 News viewers in Luttrell contacted us, concerned their local post office might be closing.
The USPS sent out a survey giving four options for the future of the Luttrell post office. Three include closing it, one would reduce business hours from eight hours a day down to six. The USPS sent out a survey giving four options for the future of the Luttrell post office. Three include closing it, one would reduce business hours from eight hours a day down to six.
All the surveys have to be mailed back by March 5. Then a public meeting will be held at the Luttrell post office on March 19 at noon All the surveys have to be mailed back by March 5. Then a public meeting will be held at the Luttrell post office on March 19 at noon

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LUTTRELL (WATE) - Some 6 News viewers contacted us, concerned their local post office might be closing. It's part of a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to save money. The post office is in Luttrell, a small town in Union County with just about a thousand people. 

For nearly 20 years, Robert Lee has lived just a few doors down from Luttrell's tiny post office. He was surprised to get a letter recently from the postal service telling him it would be either closing or cutting back its hours.

"There are a lot of people who use it. I couldn't figure why they were wanting to close it because of the business it gets," Lee said.

We contacted the USPS and a spokesman told us they would only close that location if the majority of residents wanted it. They also sent us got a copy of the letter they sent out, which includes a survey giving four options for the future of the Luttrell post office. Three include closing it, one would reduce business hours from eight hours a day down to six.

That's the option Lee chose when he mailed back his survey. He's not the only one.

We saw Glen and Judy Ramey at the post office, where they go every day to pick up their mail.

"We don't want a box on the road. We've had a post office box here for a long time. It's safer that way for your mail," Glen said.

They hope everyone in their small town fills out the survey and sends it back soon to avoid having their local post office shut down.

"It serves a lot of people here, some elderly people, and we're concerned about that," Judy said.

All the surveys have to be mailed back by March 5. Then a public meeting will be held at the Luttrell post office on March 19 at noon. The postal service will announce the results of the survey and answer questions there, then make a final decision, at a later date, on the future of that location.

Around 13,000 other small, rural post offices have been through a similar process over the last year and a half, including East Tennessee towns like Del Rio, Mascot and Sunbright. Those three post offices remain open.

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