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BMV branch eyed for closure

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Fewer people are visiting the Edinburgh Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, and officials are considering closing the branch.

Last year, 7,718 transactions were conducted at the Edinburgh branch, which is an about 25 percent drop from 2007, BMV director of communications Josh Gillespie said. That drop led BMV officials to start considering whether to close the office and merge it with Franklin’s BMV branch, Gillespie said.

The branch is open two days a week.

Be heard

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will host a public forum this week to discuss the possible closure of its Edinburgh branch. Here are the details:

Where: Edinburgh Community High School, 300 S. Keeley St., Edinburgh

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Residents also can submit comments to bmvpublichearing@bmv.in.gov

A public hearing on the proposal is set for Thursday at Edinburgh Community High School.

“We find that more people are either visiting another branch, are using online services or are using the U.S. mail or phone services,” Gillespie said.

Earlier this year, the BMV closed its branch in Fishers after the town terminated the lease on the bureau’s building. After that, officials started considering whether any other branches should be closed, Gillespie said.

Gillespie wouldn’t say how many branches the BMV is considering closing across the state. Earlier this year the Hope branch consolidated with the branch in Columbus, and the bureau recently announced that its Albany branch would merge with Muncie, Gillespie said.

For now, residents can still renew their driver’s licenses and title their cars at the Edinburgh branch between 8 a.m. and noon and 1 and 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. If the branch is closed, the customer service representatives who work at Edinburgh twice each week instead will work at the Franklin branch full time, Gillespie said.

“There wouldn’t be any job losses, because the branch (is) already staffed by people from different branches,” Gillespie said.

No final decisions have been made, and residents will be able to speak with BMV officials about the possible closure at the public hearing Thursday. Officials should decide whether to close the branch by the end of the month, and the change would take affect next month, Gillespie said.

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