Officials explain Gentilly Terrace mail delivery issues
At the latest Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association meeting, board President Frank Rabalais updated the neighborhood, reporting a postal staff shortage in the area.
Rabalais said he learned of the staff shortage after speaking with Enix Smith, State Representative Cedric Richmond’s Deputy Chief of Staff, on the night of the Gentilly Terrace meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 9.
“He actually went over the head of the acting postmaster for New Orleans and spoke with the United States Postal Service District Manager for Louisiana,” Rabalais explained. “So they’re very aware of the problem.”
While the local United States Post Office on 2051 Caton Street is understaffed, they actually aided the Bywater branch with their low staff issue last year, according to Rabalais.
“Now the Bywater is rectifying where we have issues,” Rabalais said.
Rabalais is expecting the Bywater post office to support Gentilly’s mail delivery soon. He thanked Gentilly Terrace neighbors at the meeting for their input and feedback on the issue, saying they appear to be getting traction on the problem.
A meeting is taking place Friday, Aug 11 at an undisclosed location between New Orleans acting Postmaster Matthew Connely, the manager of the Gentilly United States Post Office branch, a representative from Senator John Kennedy’s office, Rabalais, and three or four other Gentilly Terrace board members. Officials and the public will discuss ongoing mailing concerns.
“So again, thank you, stay tuned,” Rabalais said.
The next Gentilly Terrace and Gardens neighborhood meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gentilly Terrace School site (at Arts Street and Carnot Street). Guest speakers will be Harry Lowenburg of the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans and Kelsey Foster of The Big Easy Budget Game.