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The United States Postal Service recently issued a "Post Plan" list. The list includes 13,000 post offices that could be closed, relocated or have their hours shortened. More than 40 post offices in our viewing that will be affected by the "Post Plan" list. The postal service sent surveys to all the towns to get a better feel for what people want to happen. At a public forum Thursday evening, people in Buffalo learned the surveys results and the fate of their post office.

"I think buffalo's getting a dirty deal on this. There have been so many places that have been closed down," says Jeannie Buchanan.

Dozens of people poured into the Buffalo post office. Many were worried that if they can't access their P.O.Boxes, they might have to drive several miles away.

"There are so many old people in this community," says Sandra Anderson, "Why should they have to make arrangements with somebody to drive them to another place, it's ridiculous."

"I don't want to loose the post office. My Grandma can't get out and come up here, so I pick up the mail for her," adds Charles McHugh.

The post office recently sent out more than 500-surveys to Buffalo residents. They were asked if the post office should close and switch to rural service, have a local business sell post office products or shorten hours.

"If the hours go down to 6 hours, that's fine," adds Buchanan.

"To me the best option is moving to 6-hours," says Mayor Doug Anderson.

Of the 347 people that sent their surveys in 312 picked shorter hours. Since the number was so overwhelming, the post office made its decision right away.

"Being that we had the response of 90% to keep the post office open and realign the hours, that's what we're going to do," says a postal service representative.

The buffalo post office will be open 6 hours a day, Monday through Friday and that will be the only change.

"I'm glad they listened," says Brenda Haines, "I'm glad the people did the surveys, because this is very important."

While residents give their stamp their approval to the plan, they say they will still monitor the situation. The post service will do annual evaluations to see how the Buffalo post office is doing.

"I am glad we are going to get to keep it, just as long as they don't turn around and shut it down in a year," adds Sandra Anderson.

The Buffalo post office will shorten its hours sometime next year. A representative from the postal service does not have an exact timeline, but everyone in town will be notified before the change happens.

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