FLEMING-NEON, Ky. (AP) — Delivering the mail can sometimes be a dirty job, but for one eastern Kentucky town, dropping it off shouldn't be.
Officials in Fleming-Neon say the town's post office is a "disgrace" and one official called it "just dirty." They want the facility cleaned up.
Mayor Susan Polls told The Mountain Eagle (http://bit.ly/15hnEIa) that if the post office isn't cleaned up after a new post master is appointed, she'll contact U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and the U.S. Postal Service.
"It's just dirty," Councilman Trey Quillen said.
Postal Service spokesman David Walton says the manager for operations at the facility has been notified of the complaints.
Hours have been reduced recently at the Fleming-Neon post office, resulting in the building no longer qualifying for janitorial services. Only one person now staffs the office during the six hours the window is open.
Walton said the proper time for the Fleming-Neon officials to have raised their objections to changes in operating hours and staff reductions at the post office was when "community meetings" organized by the Postal Service were held several months ago.
"The community was given the opportunity to add its input," Walton said.
Until recently, the Neon Post Office was open eight hours a day and mail intended for the office and the area surrounding it was sorted there. Because of continuing Postal Service reductions in hours and staff, the office is now open only six hours a day. The mail delivered to the office and roadside and home mailboxes in the surrounding area is sorted in Whitesburg.
Walton said that in September 2014, the operating hours at nearly every office in Letcher County besides Whitesburg will be reduced to either two or four hours a day.
Information from: The Mountain Eagle.