GROVER - The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to close the Grover Post Office for an estimated total 10-year savings of $456,825, according to a copy of the proposal on public display at the Grover and Canton post offices.

Representatives from the postal service will be available at the Grover Church of Christ from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 29, to answer questions and provide information to customers, the proposal notes.

The postal service stressed that what it is proposing is just that: a proposal - and "not a final determination to close this post office."

In the three-page document, the postal service stated, "The Postal Service is proposing to close the Grover, Pa. Post Office and provide delivery and retail services by rural route service under the administrative responsibility of the Canton Post Office, located four miles away."

According to the papers, the Grover Post Office is being studied for possible closing or consolidation due to declining office workload, which it notes "may indicate that maintaining this facility is not warranted."

"Over the past several years, this office has experienced a steady decline in revenue and/or volume," the proposal notes.

Also, the postal service stated that over the past several years, there has been a decline in the amount of walk-in revenue generated at the post office.

If a final determination is made to close the post office after public comments on the proposal are received and taken into account, a notice of the final determination will be posted in the post office, the postal service stated in the proposal.

The post office said the final determination will contain instructions on how affected customers may appeal the decision to the Postal Regulatory Commission, and that any such appeal must be received by the commission within 30 days of the posting of the final determination.

In the proposal, the postal service noted, "taking all available information into consideration, the Postal Service concludes this proposal will provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to the community" and stated that it "concludes this proposal will not adversely affect the community and every effort will be made to maintain the identity."

It stated that the postmaster may be moved to another facility, if possible, and one Postmaster Relief (PMR) employee assigned at the post office "may be separated from the Postal Service."

In reviewing the effects of such a closure, the postal service noted that there no longer would be a retail outlet in the community, but said that delivery and retail services may be available from a rural or contract delivery carrier, "which could alleviate the need to travel to a post office for service."

In addition, it stated that a disadvantage to some may be in meeting the rural or contract delivery carrier to transact business, but said that it's not necessary to be present to conduct most postal service transactions with a rural or contract delivery carrier.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; e-mail: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com