LONEDELL, MO (KTVI) – Snow, sleet and rain won’t stop letter carriers from delivering the mail but apparently rough roads do. As of Monday mail is no longer being put in neighborhood mailboxes in the West Woods subdivision in Lonedell, Missouri. After 10 years and many requests to fix the roads the postmaster finally lost his patience.
Folks who live in the subdivision know their roads are bad. Some say it’s been that way for decades. They’re bad when they’re dry and worse when it rains. Judy Dickison has lived in the subdivision 30 years, “Oh, its horrible when it rains hard my driveway washes down the road.”
There are some 65 homes in the subdivision. The potholes and the ruts are hard on cars. Scott Schumacher is a resident, “I’ve had wheel bearings, tie rods, bushings they’ve all gone bad on this car.” Tiffany Carpenter agrees, “I already went through one tire and I have another tire that’s really bad from it.” The letter carrier’s vehicle has sustained at least six different damages over the years.
So from now on, no mail will be delivered until the roads are improved. They are privately owned by the people in the subdivision. Franklin County is not required to take care of them. School buses have also quit traveling them. It appears many homeowners don’t want to pay their annual subdivision dues. Schumacher said, “I haven’t paid them in the last couple of years I’ve told them I refused to pay them until they fix the roads.”
People will have to drive two miles to the post office to get their mail. Or, they could put mailboxes at the front entrance on main highway. Until something changes the mailboxes are worthless. Dickison said, “I could make a bird house out it just leave the door open.”
Postal officials say the subdivision has been warned 8 times since 2005 to get the roads fixed.