The Sacramento Performance Cluster, located at the West Sacramento District Office is performing a study to determine if mail for the “959” ZIP area will be transported down to West Sacramento for stamp cancellation. Currently, that operation is accomplished during the week at the Marysville Process and Distribution Facility.
Marysville’s area of operation covers locations in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties. This study has been accomplished several times before, the latest time being just earlier this fiscal year. The study has revealed an associated cost of approximately $500,000 to process the “959” mail in Sacramento versus Marysville. Note, this figure does not even consider the added transportation costs. Why has this option been studied so much when each time it has been deemed unworthy? Why is it being considered yet again after just completing a study earlier this year? Why consider it when Marysville rates consistently in the top 10 processing plants for its size across the country; so efficiency is not the question. Is it to slant the outcome toward a desired end? After all, statistical studies can be made to yield just about any desired outcome.
Besides the added cost, time is a factor. Some locations in the counties I mentioned are up to three hours away by truck from Marysville. With cancellation operations moved to Sacramento it adds one hour each direction for mail. How much delay will this mean for your mail? With increased costs and probable delays; it does not sound like the postal transformation the postmaster general, John Potter, was recently talking about.
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