Idaho Senator Larry Craig’s Press Release:
Mail Processing Will Remain in Twin Falls
Delegation opposed move, fearing disruption in timely delivery
TWIN FALLS, ID – The U.S. Postal Service has dropped plans to shift some mail processing functions from Twin Falls to Boise following opposition expressed by Idaho’s Congressional Delegation. Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman Mike Simpson had questioned the cost savings the Service was citing as a reason for studying such a move.
“Both the Boise and Twin Falls markets service more than a third of Idaho’s total population base,” the Delegation noted. “This large segment of Idaho’s population counts on expeditious delivery of the mail which it now currently enjoys and operational changes could put that delivery record in jeopardy.”
The original proposal would have merged the mail distribution center in Twin Falls with the one in Boise and resulted in the transfer of up to 35 employees who handle between 50,000 and 80,000 pieces of mail daily from 30 post offices in the region. The Delegation wrote the Postal Service last year and expressed concern over the economic impact of the proposal, timely mail delivery and service availability for the people who rely on the Twin Falls Center.
The Postal Service notified the Delegation today it has ended its study of the issue. It indicates that “there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of mail processing operations at the Twin Falls Post Office. So, no significant changes will be made at this time.”