St. Louis, Missouri 2021-12-06 23:10:00 –
Livingston, Illinois (KMOV.com)-For Terry Ray and his neighbors, receiving mail is not an easy walk to the end of the driveway. Instead, the next town is a 20-minute drive away.
“Nothing can be mailed at Livingston,” Ray explained. He is the director of the town of Olive Township in Madison County, Illinois.
On September 28, 2020, he and all Livingston residents received a letter from the United States Postal Service (USPS) stating that the post office is currently closed for health and safety reasons.
The letter stated that the reasons for stopping the service at the Livingston Post Office were “damaged roof trimming” and “overgrown trees near the building”. The next day, the post office closed. It’s been over a year and has never resumed. Instead, residents must drive to Stanton, a 14-mile round trip, to receive mail.
“I’m the town overseer, so I go every day,” Ray said.
A letter sent by post office manager Jeff Hamilton said no decision had been made to permanently abolish the post office and the meeting would be held within a few weeks. A year later, the meeting was not held. Instead, the inhabitants are waiting and wondering.
“If you don’t return to the post office, please let us know,” Ray said.
Residents contacted Congressman Rodney Davis on this issue. Congressmen could get a response from the USPS, and in a letter to Ray, the USPS said, “The current rental negotiations for the alternative quarter need to be completed within the next few weeks.”
But it’s October and there’s no news yet.
“It’s more inconvenient because my wife is always coming and going,” said Fred Peterson, who has lived in Livingston for the rest of his life.
Now they are all sending letters to Senator Davis and Tammy Duckworth to take quicker action.
“I think every town, including us, should have mail,” Peterson said.
News 4 contacted the USPS to find out what the status is, and we are waiting for a reply.
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