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Akron City Council members are speaking out against a proposed merger of the city's mail processing operations with the Cleveland facility.
At-large councilman Jeff Fusco says the move isn't prudent when the Akron facility functions at a high level.
"During last week's meeting I spoke to people and they said our distribution center is much more sufficient than the one up in Cleveland," he said.
Fusco attended a public meeting at Copley-Fairlawn High School in which the U.S. Post Office answered questions about some of the possible changes in their service, saying the economy was the biggest catalyst in the proposal.
Council passed an ordinance to express opposition to the proposed merger, which would eliminate 241 jobs.
Ward 6 Councilman Bob Otterman agrees that the consolidation would be a major inconvience.
"It would delay the delivery of mail outside of the city of Akron because everything would go to Cleveland," Otterman said.
Post Office officials say results of the study show that by taking advantage of the available processing capacity at the Cleveland mail processing center, it would increase efficiency and improve productivity.
Fusco explained what the city will do in terms of discussions with the Post Office.
"We're going to be meeting with them here in the next couple of weeks hopefully and we'll be discussing any of the financial problems they might have and see how we can assist," Fusco said.
The Akron Post Office conducted a feasibility study in mid September to support its case for consolidation.
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One of the big surprises in Tuesday's Primary election was in the Democrat Race in Akron Ward 6.
Long-time Councilman Bob Otterman was defeated by political newcomer Bob Hoch. The difference in the race, 71 votes.
The 61-year old Hoch is a retired manager at ACME.
The 79-year old Otterman has served in elective offices for more than 40 years at the Municipal, County and State Levels.
Hoch says he 'was surprised' at the results of yesterday's election. Hoch believes people in the Ellet community wanted a 'new voice' to represent them at Akron City Hall. He says the decision has nothing 'to do with Bob Otterman, its just that people wanted change.'
Hoch will face Republican David Goodspeed in November for the Ward 6 Council seat.