City officials are continuing efforts to convince federal officials, Laurie needs a post office. This time round, they are taking their pleas for help to their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.

City officials are continuing efforts to convince federal officials, Laurie needs a post office. This time round, they are taking their pleas for help to their elected representatives in Washington, D.C. 

The city of Laurie Board of Aldermen is hoping to recruit support from Congresswoman Vicky Hartler and Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt.The board will include a 400+ signed petition and statistics of the city with a letter hoping to persuade one of them to help. The board hopes Hartzler, McCaskill and Blunt will put in a post office before the next election.

The letter addresses the dilemma residents have been facing since the Laurie post office was shut down. The letter cites the burden placed on those who use the post office saying, “driving to Gravois Mills every day is an undue burden on the citizens of Laurie, driving 16 miles round trip and putting over 4,000 miles on our vehicles annually.”

The letter continues, “The City of Laurie still feels strongly that a city of nearly 1,000 residents (as of the 2010 census) should have a post office when cities in Missouri with less than 100 residents enjoy the benefits of an actual post office.”

Laurie had a Contract Postal Unit (CPU) from 1961 to 2017. Laurie residents use a post office box for a mailing address. The CPU was temporarily suspended and the residents of Laurie waited for the moratorium to be lifted, but it did not happen.

Charles Miller, the Regional Manager of the United States Postal Service (USPS), and Marketing Manager Kimberly Caldwell-Harvey sent a team to Laurie to look at possible locations for a CPU in February 2018. The team decided that there were no suitable places for a CPU in Laurie. 

According to the city, Miller told Mayor Allen Kimberling that he wanted to meet with him to look for potential locations for a Remotely Managed Post Office (RMPO). Miller later decided, however, that he was not going to follow through with that statement.

Laurie City Clerk Ron Clarke talked with the marketing manager from St. Louis. She asked if the city would want post office boxes in the Laurie Terrace Mall. Clarke told the manager that the city would settle for that if they had to even though that is not what the city wants. The board is convinced that if post office boxes get put in the mall, then that would be the only form of a post office the city would have.

Alderman Herb Keck said he talked to Hartzler’s case worker in May. The case worker discovered that the Post Office Department closed the case. Hartzler’s office offered to reopen the case.