LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The United States Postal Service will delay its closure of a series of offices and sorting plants until May 15, 2012 – in the hopes of giving Congress extra time to examine possible solutions to the agency's debt problems.
The service is planning to close 250 mail processing facilities next year to save money.
Among those being considered is the facility in La Crosse and, although the Postmaster General says plant closings will not delay delivery times, many in La Crosse are less than thrilled about the idea of all mail coming in and out of the Coulee Region having to be processed in Minneapolis, Minn.
Attorney Brent Smith, of Johns, Flaherty & Collins, S.C. said his firm relies heavily on La Crosse's mail service, and thus any delay in delivery would complicate its communication with clients and judges.
"We use the mail quite a bit for court filings," Smith said. "So if we're filing something in Monroe County or Vernon County that's usually done by mail."
"Some courts in Wisconsin are now beginning to accept email or faxes, but many do not," he added.
Smith also said Judges often mandate that filings to the court be received by a specific date, so a change in the typical mail delivery time from La Crosse to the surrounding counties would force law firms around the area to adjust.
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