National Postal Funding Cuts Shorten Hartsburg Hours
HARTSBURG - The Hartsburg post office is cutting its hours in two weeks. A national cut in postal funding will leave the post office in Hartsburg with reduced hours. What was originally a 10 hour day will be a 4 hour day, Monday thru Saturday.
The office is currently open from 6:45a.m. to 4:00p.m. with a break from 12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m. But as of March 23, it will operate from 7:30a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Hartsburg residents held a town meeting and gave input on when they wanted the post office to be open. They decided on the morning versus the afternoon.
Alisa Calvert is the postmaster at Ashland post office and will takeover the Hartsburg office as well.
"As opposed to closing the post office which is what they wanted to do, they decided with all the outcry from the communities that they could shorten hours," Calvert said.
Hartsburg has a population of just over 100. Because of the small size and lack of revenue, the town is seeing a cut in hours. Some other post offices are closing down completely.
The shortened hours will also affect Sturgeon, Clark, Tebbets, and New Bloomfield, along with other small towns in Mid-Missouri.
"Basically everything's going to stay the same as far as the carriers leaving and when they get there. It's just that their ability to go to the post office is going to be shortened," Calvert said.
Calvert said if revenue increases, the Hartsburg Post Office could be open longer again.