City of Leroy holds meeting with postal service after threats of shut down

POSTED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

LEROY -- For the small town of Leroy, the post office isn't just where you get your mail.

"I think it's the glue that's keeping this city together," says one resident, Jerry Opperman.

Opperman believes it's a staple of their community.

"This is kind of a meeting place that people around here kind of congregate up here."

However, the town of 337 residents stands to lose their post office if the United States Postal Service decides it's not worth the money.

City Secretary Larry Lawson says at a meeting with USPS Wednesday night, they showed they won't go down without a fight.

"We had some petitions that we were circulating for signatures last night, and that's going to the District Manager in San Antonio also to Congressman Flores and Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn," said Lawson.

The people of Leroy say the post office is the heart of the city, and if it goes, they fear the town will go with it.

Lawson used to work for the postal service and says after more than 24 years experience, that's what usually  happens.

"In the smaller communities, whatever occurred for them to close the post office, a lot of times the community really did decrease."

It also means people would have to get and send mail in neighboring cities.

"I'll have to go all the way to Waco to get my packages which is really an inconvenience for me especially with gas prices the way they are," says Opperman.

Cheryl Pratka has been getting her mail in Leroy for more than 20 years.

"It would be a very big inconvenience for me if the post office wasn't here," says Pratka. "and for the elderly people out here because we do have a lot of older people out here that come here everyday."

The Postal Service says they would still pick up mail at cluster boxes, but people would have to go elsewhere to send packages.

City Secretary Lawson says they won't settle. 

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