Talent mail service won't change with move

TALENT — The U.S. Postal Service will station its Talent carriers in Phoenix beginning Oct. 9 but will not alter any services to customers, it said Tuesday.

The announcement came a day after postal officials mailed a letter to Talent customers saying that as part of the change next month, customers would pick up packages too big for mailboxes or requiring a signature in Phoenix. Some residents thought the Postal Service was closing the Talent post office, said Ron Anderson, a Portland spokesman for the Postal Service.

Neither is true, he said. After carriers move Oct. 9, the Talent post office will remain open, and customers will pick up packages as they always have.

"It was a miscommunication," said Talent Postmaster Lisa Deitrick. "Everyone I talked to wasn't upset, just confused."

Anderson said the Postal Service decided to base carriers in Phoenix rather than in Talent because Talent's population growth is straining its small post office.

Phoenix's post office is twice as big as Talent's.

The organization won't lose positions with the change, Deitrick said, noting it should not be noticeable to customers.

"It will be seamless — the same P.O. boxes in the same post office, with the same retail services, same ZIP code, same delivery times by the same letter carriers — and I'm sending a letter to all customers to reassure them," she said.

Customers will continue to be able to notify the Talent post office when it's OK to leave big packages if they're not home. They also can decide to claim them at the Talent or the Phoenix post office, said Deitrick.

"My biggest concern was the elderly, that they are informed and reassured they won't lose the post office where they can walk every day to buy stamps and mail packages to loved ones," she said.

John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. E-mail him at jdarling@jeffnet.org.

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