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|OPPJ officially asks for post office for southeast Ouachita|
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury hopes federal officials will agree to establish a new post office in southeast Ouachita Parish.
During Monday's regular police jury meeting, jurors unanimously approved a resolution supporting the presence of a new post office in that area.
Police juror Dorth Blade brought the matter before the police jury.
Parish attorney Jay Mitchell said the U.S. Postal Service would have to decide whether to establish a new post office in southeast Ouachita.
Blade said he doesn't have a timeframe on when he'd like to see a new post office established in southeast Ouachita Parish. Also, local officials have not determined where in southeast Ouachita a new post office would be located.
However, Blade would like to have a post office facility housed near the intersection of Winnsboro Road and U.S. 165.
"I know of a building there that could be utilized, but, if we get a piece of property to build one, that would be idea," Blade said. "We don't have a timeframe, but the sooner the better."
According to the police jury, southeast Ouachita Parish has a population of more than 31,000 people.
Blade said southeast Ouachita is also home to several businesses, schools, industrial concerns and commercial facilities.
Southeast Ouachita Parish includes a portion of the city of Monroe, the entire town of Richwood, and a large portion of the unincorporated areas of Ouachita Parish, including the communities of Bosco, Tanglewood, Charmingdale, Gourd Bayou and Prairie Road.
Blade said residents in southeast Ouachita have to travel to the post office on U.S. 165 near the University of Louisiana-Monroe or to the one on Jackson Street in downtown Monroe.
He said many residents living there face economic challenges and traveling that far can be an inconvenience and hardship for some.
"We're in a situation where south of Interstate 20, we do not have a post office and we cannot buy stamps," Blade said. "All of Bosco, Charmingdale, Prairie Road, all that area down there, the closest one we have is on U.S. 165 or Jackson Street."
"I think it would be a great benefit to the entire area," Blade added. "We need a place to send letters and packages and buy stamps."
He said the police jury will need to get the support from the state's congressional delegation to bring another post office to the area.
A copy of the police jury's resolution will be sent by Mitchell to U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, and Sens. David Vitter and Mary Landrieu as well as the Postmaster General and the U.S. postmasters who have jurisdiction over the state and Ouachita Parish.