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Alexandria Post Office hours to be cut
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In a money-saving effort by the postal service, the operating hours at the Alexandria Post Office will most likely be cut in January.Mail carriers will still deliver to Alexandria postal customers, but will be working out of the Watertown Post Office as of Nov. 3.The Alexandria branch will go from a operating for eight hours a day to six hours.Alexandria customers will not experience any change in address or delivery, but carriers will be shifted to the office in Watertown, postal officials said.Customers will still pick up packages at the Alexandria location if a notice is left in their box.Saturday hours in Alexandria will not change, and times for collection will remain the same, but the Alexandria branch will no longer have a full-time postmaster on staff.There will likely be a part-time post master working six hours a day.Postal customers in Alexandria were surveyed in September, and four different plans were outlined.Of the 1,110 surveys mailed, 437 were returned.Officials said that 92 percent of the respondents, or 404 customers, they preferred a realignment of the hours to the other options.Hours for the Alexandria Post Office will likely be set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, with lunch from noon-1 p.m.Saturday hours will likely be from 8-11:30 a.m.When the postal service makes its final decision on the change, a notice will be posted at the Alexandria Post Office to inform residents of the new hours and when they will take effect.The new hours should go into effect around the third week of January.Saturday window-service hours will not be reduced under the plan, and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the realignment, post office officials said.The Alexandria Post Office is one of 260 post offices state-wide to be downsized within the next two of years.