By Donna Hill
For the Star
Missouri City has a population of 67,000, and that doesn’t include the residents of fast-growing neighboring unincorporated areas such as Sienna Plantation and Riverstone.
Yet the area only has one United States Post Office with retail service, and it’s located on Texas Parkway.
While citizens are pleased with the improvements being made to the Texas Parkway post office, there are concerns about a smaller post office at Glenn Lakes, closer to the Sienna Plantation/Riverstone area.
Sugar Land and Pearland have two full service Post Offices. Missouri City – one full service and one partial service. Many in Missouri City end up take a short drive to the Sugar Land post office.
Recently, a Special City Council meeting was called to discuss the Glenn Lakes Post Office.
Missouri City District Council Member Anthony Maroulis talked about options to add a driveway with drop boxes, offering a convenience to the community. The cost exceeds the allocated amount, and due to lack of funding, the USPS denied the request. However, they agreed to split the cost with Missouri City.
Missouri City city manager Anthony Snipes and his staff took a close look at our tight budget and unfortunately the only option was to use the funds from the “Sideway and Street Repair Fund.”
Maroulis, an advocate for infrastructure and understanding the backlog in infrastructure repair, voiced concern that it would be not be a responsible use of city funds and said that the USPS should pay out of its budget.
Neighborhood mailboxes are another concern for the city, according to Maroulis. Many in the city are in need of repair. Rusted bases and rusted doors, and in one neighborhood, the mailbox has been missing for over six weeks.
After contacting USPS, Maroulis had been told residents could be directed to pick up mail at the Glen Lakes location. “I think the question is, can the US Post Office grow with our city? Why are we being underserved? What is the next step?
The government has their challenges; the profit/ loss problems are an area of government struggles. At this point, it’s not a city council issue but a federal government office issue. These are legitimate issues. We have facilities we just need small investments”.
Former Missouri City Councilman Robin Elackatt, who preceded Maroulis in representing District C – echoed similar comments.
“We initially thought that Glenn Lakes would be a service station,” Elackatt said. “But what’s the point in having a post office if you can’t even get stamps? Does this post office even serve the people in the area? Any city goes through a long stretch to set aside a budget. Why not put (at least) a driveway at the post office into the budget? We have money in street repair and in sidewalks – but what is the federal government doing about this situation at our post office here in Missouri City? There’s no long term plan.”