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Cuts to First-Class Mail to Slow Delivery in 2012

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The U.S. Postal Service announced they are filing for a change that would alter local mail services.

If approved, the decision would move overnight local delivery to a two to three day process. The postal service is also considering closing roughly 250 processing centers across the country and one here in Lansing.

Some residents say closing this facility is not an option.

"I'm 79 years old, so it's been a long time," said Lansing resident Ocie Middlebrook.

Middlebrook has been coming to the Lansing Center for more than two decades and says now is not the time to close the Lansing Center.

"We are going through a difficult time right now, and there are going to be more people laid off so I really hate to see that happen to the city of Lansing," said Middlebrook. 

"Business people need it and I think we need to support the businesses of Mid- Michigan," said Pat Kenrick, Dewitt resident.

It's a business that could soon disappear. The Lansing Center is one of 250 processing centers that could close in the coming months in an effort to save three billion dollars for the U.S Postal Service and avoid bankruptcy.

Locally, Sabrina Todd says the move is coming as a result of less mail coming through to the centers. @

"If mail is not coming through our processing facilities, then we have a lot of space and equipment that is being underutilized and not being used effectively," said Sabrina Todd, Postal Service Customer Relations Coordinator.

To be more efficient USPS is considering shutting down the facility, which would put roughly 200 people out of work. They would move operations to Grand Rapids.

Ultimately, Todd says the decision comes down to the post office's responsibility to utilize their processes and facilities effectively. A decision could be made by March. Until then, residents and 200 employees will remain concerned.

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