Belton Post Office honors postmater for service
Thursday, 20 October 2011 by Matthew Girard
For the past 11 years Andy Avila has dedicated himself to the U.S. Postal Service and he was honored for that dedication last Wednesday during a special ceremony at the Belton Post Office.
Avila, who has served as the Belton Post Master for the past seven years, was presented with an award from his employees in recognition of his service.
Avila said he was honored by the recognition.
"It means that I'm using the skills and training that I've received to make sure that I have a very productive and efficient crew to provide service to Belton," Avila said. "It takes coordination between the clerks, city carriers and the rural carriers."
The Belton Post Office was also recognized for passing all of its "mystery shopper" critiques during the last fiscal year.
"We had a spectacular year for FY 2011," Avila said. "Every quarter we get a 'mystery shopper,' and we've had 24 mystery shoppers, and we have passed all of them in less than five minutes. It's all been because of teamwork."
Although post offices across the nation have seen a decline in mail through the years due to e-mail, online bill pay and other features through the Internet, Avila said the post office is still relevant. The Belton Post Office makes 1,500 deliveries per day.
"We still have a purpose and we are a part of the community," Avila said. "There has been a decline of mail because of the Internet, but people's loved ones still want to receive that birthday card or Christmas card in the mail. There are still people in this community that want to receive their telephone bill or cable bill and actually see it."
Despite the decline, Avila said the Belton Post Office has seen growth in other areas.
"In Belton, we have had a decline in mail, but we have picked up a lot of deliveries," Avila said. "Even though mail has declined, we have been able to sustain our growth through deliveries."
The Belton Post Office is located at 111 N. Wall St. and its hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about the Belton Post Office, call (254) 939-2421.