LAFAYETTE - A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7 on the possible closure of the city’s mail processing and distribution center on Moss Street.
The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing mail processing facilities in Lafayette and New Orleans, consolidating operations in Baton Rouge as part of a national cost-cutting effort to offset declining revenues.
“We are trying to eliminate the redundancies in our operation and become more efficient,” Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd said.
Any closure would not affect the retail post office at the Moss Street location, only the processing and distribution center there.
If the Postal Service decides to close the Moss Street center, no delays in delivery are expected, but pick-up times could change and about 200 positions there will either be eliminated or shifted to Baton Rouge, according to information from the Postal Service.
Boyd said displaced employees will have opportunities to relocate to Baton Rouge or to fill positions at other postal facilities in the area.
The closure would save about $7.3 million a year, according to figures from the Postal Service.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution in support of keeping the Moss Street facility open.
“To put those services in Baton Rouge would be a disservice to us,” Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux, who represents the Moss Street area, said the processing and distribution center is a community anchor and a source of good-paying local jobs.
The council chairman said he plans to attend the meeting “to make the federal government aware of the tremendous value of the Moss Street facility to the community.”
The Postal Service is considering the closure of about 252 processing centers nationwide.
Louisiana has four regional mail processing and distribution centers, in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport.
A decision on the Lafayette facility is expected by March.
The 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, 220 West Willow St., Lafayette.