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Lexington Officials Promise Fight Over Postal Service Decision

Officials are lining up to fight the postal service decision to shut down mail-processing operations at Lexington’s Nandino Boulevard location.

Mayor Jim Gray is pledging to reach out to the state’s congressional delegation, while both Sen. Mitch McConnell Rep. Andy Barr hope to meet with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss the effects of post office closings and consolidation on Kentucky communities.

David Walton, a spokesman for the Kentuckiana District of the U.S. Postal Service, says previous consolidations have not produced major interruptions in service.

"We did consolidate 141 facilities over the past couple of years. Of course, with any change, you're going to have a few problems here and there, but for the most part it went very smooth and customers didn't notice much of a problem at all," he says.

The Nandino center is one of 82 facilities across the country set for closure as the US Postal Service looks to cut costs. With $26 billion in losses since 2011, the postal service is under pressure to streamline operations.

Officials expect the closure to be complete by fall 2015.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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