The New Castle School auditorium overflowed Thursday night with Delaware postal workers, Delaware residents and members of Congress, the House and the Senate to express their opposition to the closing of the Hare’s Corner mail processing center in New Castle, DE.


The New Castle School auditorium overflowed Thursday night with Delaware postal workers, Delaware residents and members of Congress, the House and the Senate to express their opposition to the closing of the Hare’s Corner mail processing center in New Castle, DE.

The public hearing began with a power point presentation from Thomas Kelley, acting district manager for the South Jersey district. Since 2006, he explained, mail volume has decreased dramatically.

“We hit a peak in first-class mail volume in 2006. From 2006 to 2010 we had about a 20 percent decrease in first-class mail volume,” Kelley said.

He explained this equates to a $43 billion decrease in first-class mail volume in the past five years.

The USPS is looking to consolidate postal services and processing facilities, including the closure of Hare’s Corner, the only mail-processing facility in Delaware. Mail for the state of Delaware would then be processed in Bellmawr, NJ, which is approximately 35 miles away, where many of the Hare's Corner employees would then have to commute.

BY THE NUMBERS

559,000 total career employees

151,000 total mail processing employees

35,000 fewer mail processing positions

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, stated that the Postal Service’s consolidation study is not hopeless outcome. “This is a problem we can fix.  I believe that giving up on the Postal Service in the 21st century would be a big mistake, just like giving up on the U.S. auto industry a couple of years ago would have been a big mistake.  While the way we communicate in the U.S. has changed, there's still a need for a vibrant and efficient USPS, and there will be for as long as any of us is likely to be around and well beyond that.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) opposes the closing of Hare’s Corner because he does not think the plan has been sufficiently explained. Coons suggested diverting mail from Easton and Cecil County, MD, as well as Pennsylvania zip codes just outside Delaware to New Castle County.

Tina Bartoletti has been working for the USPS in Newark for 8 years. She attended the public hearing to support the plant, because she believes the location supports her job. “If Hare’s Corner closes, it will not only affect me as an employee, but also as a customer,” Bartoletti said.

If you wish to comment about the possible closing of Hare’s Corner, send your comments, postmarked by Feb. 3, to:
Manager, Consumer & Industry Contact
South Jersey District
P.O. Box 9001
Bellmawr, NJ 08099-9631