Freistatt residents breathed a sigh of relief, at least temporarily, as word was released by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Tuesday that plans to close post offices had been suspended.
Freistatt Postmaster Jane Mattlage received the news in a written memo from the Postal Services News Link.
"USPS, in response to a request made by multiple U.S. senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012," the statement said.
Post offices in Freistatt and Stotts City were among the more than 3,600 post offices nationwide being considered for closing to save funds. Delivery for Stotts City customers has already been switched to carriers working out of the Pierce City Post Office.
A decision on a possible closing was expected by January 2012.
"The USPS hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation," the statement continued. "Given the Postal Service's financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the Postal Service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue."
According to the statement, review of post offices considered for closing will continue during the interim period.
Mattlage has place the announcement on the counter in the Freistatt Post Office for customers to see.
Different bills are presently under consideration in both the U.S. House and Senate to resolve the Postal Services financial situation. The USPS is expected to generate a $5.1 billion debt in 2011 and is also expected to pay $5.5 billion into an already over-funded health care retirement fund. The obligation to pay into the healthcare retirement fund will be lifted during the moratorium.