Ask Galveston resident George Laiacona what’s on the corner of 59th Street and Broadway, and he’ll say it looks like a cow pasture.
It’s actually a branch of the U.S. Postal Service.
Laiacona, 72, has tried a number of times to get the Broadway postmaster to clean up the location, which for years has lacked good lighting, landscaping and grounds cleaning, he said.
“Whoever’s running this post office up there, they don’t care,” Laiacona said. “This one is totally neglected, and I don’t know why.”
After years of seeing no tangible results, Laiacona took the issue to the federal level. Laiacona last month sent a petition signed by himself and 49 others to the U.S. Postmaster General, asking for a fix to “this embarrassing problem.”
“It looks like the manager of the Broadway location has no interest at all in the cleaning up of the deplorable conditions of the grounds,” the petition states.
Postal service representatives have since apologized for the state of the Broadway location.
“The Postal Service is committed to maintaining Post Office buildings and landscaping in excellent condition,” Kanickewa Johnson, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Southern Area, said in a statement.
“We are disappointed when even one of our facilities does not meet our standards. Local management at the Galveston-Bob Lyons Station has taken steps to address the landscaping and overall appearance. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.”
The post office needs to remain clean because it’s near the entrance of the island, Laiacona’s wife, Carolyn Lundy, said.
“Especially when it’s a governmental project, and it’s right when you come on the island; it’s a poor representation for the U.S. Post Office and it’s a poor representation for Galveston,” Lundy, 67, said. “It doesn’t take that much. We’re not asking for a garden.”
Even after sending the petition, Laiacona doesn’t think anything will change, he said.
“The demand is probably to them a joke; I’m a nobody,” he said. “It’s been going on for years.”