By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Mayor Joseph Peterson is calling on residents to help save the city’s post office from closure.
Peterson Monday proposed a letter writing campaign to U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-13th District) and U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to help keep the post office — slated to close in June — open.
Peterson called the decision, announced Monday, “devastating,” and said he plans to write his own letter, offering the use of a portion of the future City Hall building on Eureka and Biddle as a satellite office. The city plans to complete its move to that building next year.
According to published reports, the Wyandotte and Riverview post offices are to close and operate out of the Southgate office.
The Postal Service rents the building at 166 Oak that houses the offices, and chose not to renew the lease when it expires in June, Peterson said.
At the meeting, Peterson lamented the decision, adding that nearby cities with smaller populations, like River Rouge, will retain their post offices.
Wyandotte officials commented on the decision Tuesday via their Facebook page, saying, “We have had a post office presence in the city since 1855,12 years prior to our incorporation as a city in 1867. The Wyandotte Post Office brings thousands of people to our downtown and offers an invaluable service to the citizens of our community.”
U.S. Postal Service representatives did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story by press time.
Letters may be directed to:
• The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, United States Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC, 20260.
• Congressman Hansen Clarke, 400 Monroe St., Suite 290, Detroit, MI, 48226,
• Conressman Hansen Clarke, 1319 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC, 20515.