Postal service to send surveys regarding “last-line” address designation for Southside

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At last night’s meeting of the Southside City Council, Mayor Ray Bowman noted he received a follow-up letter from the United States Postal Service (USPS) stemming from a July meeting with USPS Arkansas District Manager David Camp and USPS Marketing Manager Cary Chism.

The discussion of that meeting centered on the last-line designation (for example: Southside, AR 72501) for addresses within the city boundaries of Southside along with the establishment of a contract postal unit — perhaps in the form of a self-serve kiosk inside Southside City Hall for buying stamps and weighing packages.

Chism said after reviewing Southside’s request and considering possible processing concerns, a decision has been made to proceed with a survey of residents with regard to use of the preferred last line of “Southside, AR 72501.”

A copy of the survey will be mailed within the next two weeks to affected addresses.

Chism said the U.S. Postal Service will make the change if at least 50 percent of the survey responses are returned, and the proposal is supported by a majority (more than 50 percent) of the survey responses received.

Last-line designations can be important in terms of tax revenue allocation.

Other items discussed at last night’s meeting included the unsightly properties mentioned in the previous meeting that keep receiving multiple complaints. Those will be turned over to the county to handle cleanup.

New street signs are also being put up throughout the city. And, roads in need of attention continue to be bid and paved, it was reported.

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