Friday, July 3, 2015

Poll: Scaling back Cherrybell postal operations is a bad idea

Here is a report at Tucson Weekly/The Range on the reactions of Southern Arizona citizens to the reduction in operations at the Cherrybell mail center in Tucson.

Residents had until Tuesday to give city officials feedback on what the scale-back of operations at the Cherrybell mail center is looking like in Southern Arizona. And, no, it is not very promising.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres received more than 1,700 testimonials to read from business owners, seniors and others who rely on their mail to arrive at a normal time frame. The responses came from Tucson, Rio Rico, Tubac and other cities in this southern region.

The city leaders noticed there is a major issue with senior residents not getting their medication or Medicare checks quickly; businesses' payrolls and sales services are being disrupted; and nonprofits haven't been able to mail stuff out at discounted rates, according to a press release from the city of Tucson.

"Reducing postal services in our community, one of the fastest growing communities in the state, does not make sense, and it is hurting residents," the release says.


U.S. Reps. Martha McSally and Raúl Grijalva, as well as other local political and business voices, have pushed to keep Cherrybell running, as well. If the Cherrybell plans proceed, an approximate 250 jobs would be lost and overnight delivery to Tucson would end.

Rothschild and Fimbres plan to deliver the surveys' results to Arizona's congressional delegation, who will likely be able to share the impacts with the Postal Service's postmaster general, and members of the committees in Congress overseeing the USPS consolidation.

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