This review includes hundreds of meetings with locals to gather feedback on proposed changes or possible closures. Surveys would also be sent to every customer affected by those respective changes, Yarosky said.
At the end, the service makes the final decision about an office's hours. The service expects to finalize hourly adjustments at all post offices by September 2014.
"West Virginia has more of these little post offices than any other state," she said.
Not everyone is receptive to the proposed changes to retail hours though.
In October, AdvoCare Inc., a nonprofit organization in Morgan County, filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission about changed retail hours at the Great Cacapon post office. The commission dismissed that complaint last week.
Rahall said he met with members of the National League of Postmasters ahead of Wednesday's announcement and shared some of their frustrations with the service's cost savings reductions.
"I will continue to press the Postal Service to look at other ways to become more profitable and competitive by improving and modernizing its services rather than cutting off rural customers and undermining its pubic service obligations," he said.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.