U.S. Postal Service officials are delaying the potential closure of two of the three Arlington branches after a piece of mail didn’t go out to town residents in a timely fashion.
Michael Foley, discontinuance coordinator for Boston area post offices, on Monday said a piece of mail didn’t go out in time to notify town residents about the potential closure of the U.S. Postal Service’s and branches.
The two Arlington locations are on a list of 3,700 branches nationwide , including 43 locations in the Boston area. The list does not include the Postal Service's in Arlington Center.
Foley said the piece of mail also contained information about a public hearing, a comment sheet and a questionnaire regarding the closures.
At an October hearing, about lower quality of service and decreased access for disabled and elderly residents if the two branches were shut down.
On Monday, Foley said that the evaluation process will start “from scratch again,” but the comments already received would still be a part of the study.
Under the previous timeline, officials were expected to decide on whether to close two branches in Arlington by early December.
Now, it could take until mid-January for Arlington residents to be once again invited for a public hearing. After that, there would be a 60-day period for Postal Service officials to make a decision.