Dakota Central postal facility subject of public comment meeting Friday

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HURON — Representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS) spoke Friday at a public information session and public comment session held at the Campus Center in Huron, regarding the mail processing facility known as Dakota Central, on north 15th Street in Huron.

This review comes as part of the USPS’s Delivering for America initiative that intends to invest $40 billion into infrastructure and modernizing delivery services over a 10-year period. Dakota Central came under review as part of this plan, and the initial findings of that review can be found on this link.

Kathy Hand, Senior Division Director with USPS, laid out the initial findings and reiterated that, based on those findings, Dakota Central will not be closed and no “career” employees will laid off or reassigned at this time. She did state that the role of the center would change to a local processing center (LPC).

Hand identified LPC’s as “a central component to our network.” According to a post on the USPS’s website, LPC’s are one of three cogs in the delivery system. The first piece is regional processing and distribution centers, which are the hubs for Postal Service long-distance transportation and large processing and sorting facilities.

LPC’s sort letters and flats to individual mail carrier routes in the regional area. The third piece is a new one, and that is the sorting and delivery center which will coordinate the work of multiple current small delivery units and combine them. No consolidation for sorting and delivery centers was discussed during the public meeting Friday.

Hand did state that transferring some operations and the “reassignment” of seven non-career employees and two non-career management positions would save the USPS between $730,000 and $970,000.

Community members can offer public comment online until Dec. 23 by going to surveymonkey.com/r/mpfr-dakota-central.