FOX 8 Defenders: 2nd meeting scheduled on mail mix-up

WESTWEGO, LA (WVUE) - The FOX 8 Defenders have learned that a second meeting is planned Tuesday for people dealing with a mail mix-up on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

The Defenders first exposed the problem in Westwego and Bridge City earlier this year. After several Defenders reports on the mail delivery problem in the 70094 zip code and a town hall meeting earlier this month, Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger has called for a second meeting.

Within that west bank zip code, there are several duplicate addresses, and many people say they've struggled for years to get their mail.

"If you see the Westwego label, why not send it to Westwego?" one resident said. "And my address is not one of those that you mentioned, so I have a major problem. I just - I don't get it."

The mayor says the Postal Service has made some internal changes and narrowed down more than 80 mail discrepancies to just 13. On Tuesday, they'll present a recommendation to residents and business owners to partially change addresses.

"So instead of changing the name, they're looking at changing the number," Shaddinger said. "I haven't lived with this headache like many of these people have, but we're just optimistic that we'll be able to talk with those 13 people, recognize what needs to be done. Because it's not just about their mail delivery - it's a public safety issue."

The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the senior center at 701 4th Street near Avenue F.

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