GOULDSBORO — The U.S. post office in the village of Birch Harbor is on a list of about 34 in Maine that are being studied for possible closure, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
The list released this week includes 3,653 post offices nationwide. The U.S. Postal Service said it would save $200 million annually by closing the outlets.
The post offices might be replaced with “village post offices” in supermarkets, drugstores and other retail outlets, said Tom Rizzo, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Portland.
“This doesn’t suggest that every study will result in a closure,” Rizzo said July 27. “It’s going to be a case by case determination.”
He said the earliest a post office could conceivably close is December 2011.
Rizzo said the criteria for closure is set by the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., and includes the effect it would have on the community and the employees.