Southside City Council holds final 2019 meeting, discusses postal needs

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Article by Teisha Bagwell

The Southside City Council held its final regular business meeting of the year Monday night.

Items discussed included the year’s final treasurer’s report, status on the United States Postal Service designating a final address line for Southside, and the passing of two resolutions.

We previously reported that the city of Southside has been working with the United States Postal Service to get a Contract Postal Unit (CPU) to serve the citizens in handling day-to-day post office needs, including shipping packages and purchasing stamps. A CPU is a site, under contract to the United States Postal Service (USPS), that provides postal products and services to the public at U.S. Postal Service prices, according to the USPS website.

USPS is looking to work with a local business to house the Contract Postal Unit which would allow for the unit to operate all day versus only a couple of hours per day if the CPU were to be located inside of the city hall.

The surveys from USPS that would help better gauge the necessity of changing the address last line were expected to arrive via mail earlier this year, but it was reported they are delayed due to an unforeseen challenge USPS is currently assessing.

Currently, there is a Southside Station located near Little Rock that could pose challenges for correctly directing mail if the last line for Southside was officially changed to  ‘Southside, AR,’ for example. USPS is working to remedy the situation and expects to mail surveys in January of 2020. (Click here for more information on this story.)

The council also unanimously approved two resolutions — one for granting Mayor Ray Bowman permission to apply for a grant to assist in fencing the perimeter of city hall and the second allowing Bowman to enter into the interlocal agreement with the city of Batesville and Independence County to partner in purchasing and managing the 19-acre tract of land on Ramsey Mountain for future public use. (Click here for more information on this story.)

The Southside City Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

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