Fenton public forum addresses possible Post Office closure

FENTON, LA (KPLC) - USPS representative is coming to Fenton, Louisiana as part of a case study to determine whether or not to close Fenton's Post Office.

Mayor Eddie Alfred Jr., has his own proposal to present as a cost effective alternative to the current post office. And his proposal is part of their economic development plan. The Mayor proposes to erect a portable post office structure much like the one on unincorporated Lacassine to make sure the city's elderly population is served. Mayor says the elderly represent approximately 50% of Fenton's total population.

Currently the building used is being leased from a company in Mississippi for $9,240 a year which comes up to $770 a month for the USPS to pay. His proposal would cost a total of $23,000 and the USPS could lease at a fraction of the cost- possibly $300 month.

Across the street from the propose site of the portable post office is 110 acres of land owned by the Coushatta Tribe. The 110 acres could be used in the future as housing per Coushatta Tribal council member David Sickey.

Also a depot has been proposed and a sign is posted for future site. The depot will serve as a tourist attraction due to the fact a train depot once ran from kinder to Lake Charles through Fenton. Details of the post office will also be housed in the depot. Fenton has had a post office since 1893. First postmaster was commissioned in 1893 in Fenton.

The Village of Fenton has 379 citizens and is a municipality.

There will be a meeting tonight, September 19, 2011 at 6pm in the Fenton Elementary Auditorium on Third Avenue in Fenton, Louisiana.

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