Local postal service employees could be seeing some changes.
The Columbus district of the United States Postal Service held a meeting Wednesday evening at the Muskingum County Welcome Center.
Employees and the general public were invited to learn more about the Area Processing Feasibility Study that has been introduced as a way to potentially save the agency $478,000 annually. Reports show that mail volume has decreased by 20% since 2007.
"The economy obviously has taken a hit on us, but electronic diversion, email electronic online bill paying, electronic correspondence, shipping documents electronically, that's affected us," said Victor Dubina, a spokesperson for the U.S.P.S.
If the study is approved, Zanesville mail processing operations would be consolidated and moved to the Columbus plant. 11 employees would also be reassigned to a new schedule, position or location. However, delivery of mail to residences and businesses will not change.
Many voiced their concern over the matter.
"I think there's a lot of cost cutting that could be going on but is not, for example this is the fourth study in four years that they've done and these studies don't run cheap," said Field Representative for Ohio A.F.L.C.I.O Sarah Smith.
Postal officials said they plan to take all comments and suggestions into consideration before reaching a final decision.