Rep. Steve Womack objects to Postal Service plans in Fayetteville and decries the lack of notice

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FAYETTEVILLE — U.S. Rep. Steve Womack objected Tuesday to both the proposal to move some mail sorting operations out of Fayetteville and to the lack of notice of such a plan being considered.

The U.S. Postal Service will host a public meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Fayetteville Public Library on whether to move some sorting operations from the Northwest Arkansas Processing and Distribution Center in Fayetteville to a center in Oklahoma City. The Nov. 21 announcement of the meeting gave no details about what sorting operations might move or how many employees might be affected.

The Postal Service will present the findings of a “mail processing facility review” about the proposal at the meeting. The review process began Nov. 8 with the release of a letter of intent by the Postal Service for the study.
“As I represent the congressional district where the NWA P&DC is located, I am concerned that USPS did not directly notify my office by providing my staff with the notice of intent dated Nov. 8, 2023, nor the notice of public input meeting dated Nov. 21, 2023,” Womack said in a letter Tuesday. The congressman addressed the letter to Diane Ingland, Arkansas-Oklahoma district manager for the Postal Service.

“I am quite disappointed to learn that the initial results of the facility review indicate a business case ‘supports transferring some mail processing operations to the Oklahoma City P&DC,'” the letter continues, quoting the Nov. 21 announcement. “I have several questions at this time that require a prompt response from USPS:

“Please explain how a reduction in mail processing services in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and transferring some of those operations to Oklahoma City will enhance mail operations in Northwest Arkansas.

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