LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved a resolution Tuesday urging the U.S. Postal Service to keep open the Lafayette region’s mail processing and distribution center on Moss Street.
The Postal Service is considering closing processing centers in Lafayette and New Orleans, consolidating operations in Baton Rouge to cut costs.
“We are the fastest growing and the most progressive city in the state, and they are proposing this?” council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said.
The Moss Street facility employs about 200 postal workers.
Should it close, some of those employees would be given the option of relocating to jobs at the consolidated center in Baton Rouge; others would be offered open postal jobs in the area, according to the Postal Service.
The Postal Service has said no delivery delays are expected, but collection times could change if the Lafayette processing center is closed.
Boudreaux read a letter from the local postal workers union that said the closure of the Lafayette facility would mean a likely end to one-day delivery in the area, with two-to-three-day delivery becoming the standard.
“I find this very alarming,” Boudreaux said.
The closure of the Moss Street processing center will not affect the retail post office on Moss Street.
Louisiana has regional mail processing and distribution centers in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport.
The Lafayette facility serves most of southwest Louisiana, including the Acadiana region and the Lake Charles area.
The closure of the Lafayette processing center would save about $7.3 million a year and is one of more than 200 processing centers being considered for closure nationwide, according to figures from the Postal Service.
A public meeting for comment on the possible closure of the Moss Street facility will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette.