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Commissioners hear concerns about future of mail facility

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Nov 29 2011 03:45:26 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 29 2011 07:47:23 PM CST

The future of the Gus Yatron mail processing center in Reading was front and center at the county commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

READING, Pa. -

The future of the Gus Yatron Post Office in Reading was the hot topic of discussion at the county's commissioner workshop on Tuesday.

Postal service workers told the commissioners that the Reading facility no longerĀ  processes mail. Instead, it's being done in the Lehigh Valley, said John Biehl, a postal service employee.

Eventually, Biehl said the work could be transferred to Harrisburg, meaning it may take longer for people to receive their mail.

"What they want to do right now is take that 195,196,179 [ZIP code] mail and, instead of letting us process it, you know, and get it here to you people, everybody in here as quickly as possible, it's going to go somewhere else," said Biehl.

Raymond Daiutolo, a spokesman for the postal service, said the financially strapped agency could be saved by reducing mail processing centers nationwide.

"The potential savings for the Reading study itself is approximately $7 million a year if the decision is made to go and consolidate the remaining operations," said Daiutolo.

If Reading loses its processing facility, Daiutolo said all mail would come from Harrisburg. Fifty jobs at the Reading facility could be impacted, too.

"In the long run... we're going to lose a lot of economy in this county, and I don't think there's one person in here or in at the post office who wants to leave," said Biehl.

Commissioners voiced their support to keep Gus Yatron's processing facility, citing the impact it has on local businesses and organizations.

"Closing down such a state of the art facility like the Gus Yatron facility is just mind boggling," said Barnhardt.