Old Mystic Post office could shift hours

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Changes could be coming to the Old Mystic post office.

Today more than a dozen residents packed the little post office to hear from U.S. Postal Service representatives who came to discuss a recent survey given to residents about possible cost cutting measures.

News 8 asked Helen Stressel of Mystic, “What do you think you want to let them know?” She answered, “I don’t want it to close. It’s very convenient.”

The survey gave those who use the Old Mystic post office a few options, among them reduce hours at the post office or close it and buy their stamps from their carrier or at a village post office in a nearby store. Stonington Selectman George Crouse says, “The post office is an integral part of this little village or community.” The next closest post office in Mystic is two and a half miles away.

Ledyard resident Theresa Mullin says, “The traffic through the Aquarium and the Seaport it would probably take me 20 minutes to get down there which is inconvenient.”

Some residents were relieved to hear the Postal Service’s proposal will not close Old Mystic but will change how it is run. Lobby hours and access to the post office boxes would stay about the same but the window where folks can buy stamps and mail packages would close for lunch from 11:30am to 2pm. This would limit some services and make the postmaster position part time instead of full time.

Richard Paskewitz, who ran the meeting for the U.S. Postal Service told the group, “My wife works for the post office. Her hours are being cut so I understand but you have to remember we are losing $20 million a day so we got to do something.”

One woman asked, “Can you tell us how much you would save with only having six hours? And the other thing is, on the survey I filled out I didn’t see a box where I could have said please don’t change it.”

Crouse added, “Now your business model I don’t think is very good, according to that gentleman, also because you’re closed at the time when there’s the most traffic.”

News 8 asked Paskewitz, “Any idea when a decision will be made or changes will be in effect?” He answered, “I don’t have that right now. We would send out information to go to Washington. They take a look at it for 30 days.”

What may also affect the decision of when change comes to this post office is whether or not Rosie, the postmaster, wants to be a part-time employee. Right now she’s full-time but that isn’t part of the new changes.

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