The creation of a Village Post Office is something of a small victory. For Argo, however, the news is a huge help to the more than 4,000 people living there.
Officials from the City Council and the United States Postal Service – itself besieged on all sides these days – joined Sheila Lunsford and Johnny Cleveland at Argo Pharmacy and Gifts on U.S. 11 last week to officially open the new VPO, which will give Argo residents a place to purchase stamps, send "flat rate" boxes and drop off postage. Lunsford said she and Cleveland decided to take on the responsibility after learning that it was possible through the USPS website.
"It’s just a good way to be of service to the community," Lunsford said. "It helps everybody out, and we’re in a good location to do it."
Argo has a long-running battle with the postal service; according to Mayor Paul Jennings, city officials have lobbied unsuccessfully for a ZIP code designation for the municipality (Argo residents have either a Trussville, Springville or Odenville ZIP code). The presence of a post office – even one with the limits of a VPO – within the town limits will be a huge asset for residents.
We applaud all involved for making it happen, and hope that it portends better things for the future of Argo.