MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Minot post office doesn't have the money or space to bring back full mail processing, according to U.S. Postal Service officials.
The city's post office can't expand to handle full mail processing in part because demand is already in decline, said Douglas Stephens, the agency's district manager for the Dakotas and Montana.
The Minot office has been sending its regular mail to Bismarck for processing since 2015. It's then trucked back to the city, the Minot Daily News reported.
The Bismarck facility has the equipment to process mail while meeting security standards implemented nationwide after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
"We have special machines we had to invest in after 9/11 to keep not only the sanctity of the mail but the security of the American public and our own internal team members," Stephens said.
He said the machines cost millions of dollars, and the Minot office doesn't have the floor space to support one.
The Minot post office already doesn't handle enough letter mail to warrant the processing equipment, according to the Postal Service. The office only handles about 8,000 pieces of letter mail a day.
"We are not going to build a post office to house those machines because the demand for our service is in decline. You don't expand your operation when the demand for your operations is in decline," he said. "You respond to that by being efficient."
Stephens said the facility is working to streamline the operation to ensure Minot's mail is returned from Bismarck efficiently. The office also is implementing a 24/7 self-service kiosk for stamps, package mailings and other functions, as well as the use of hand-held technology to allow postal workers to more quickly assist customers.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com