By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Wyandotte’s post office is not on the U.S. Postal Service’s current list for closure, and Mayor Joseph Peterson aims to keep it that way.
The USPS announced in December that it planned to close the post office, at 166 Oak, in June along with 223 others set for consolidation as part of its study of more than 252 post offices last fall as a cost-cutting measure.
Original plans were for the Wyandotte and Riverview branches to close and consolidate with the Southgate branch. After the announcement, Peterson launched a letter writing campaign to save it; the campaign gained support from U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) and others.
The Wyandotte and Riverview post offices are not listed on the USPS’s list of branches scheduled to close on its website.
The list originally contained about 17 post offices in Michigan set to close, a number now at seven. That figure can always be changed.
Wyandotte had offered the use of space in its new City Hall building, at the corner of Eureka and Biddle into which they are scheduled to move this year, for a post office.
Peterson said he will continue to advocate for a post office presence in Wyandotte, which has had one for more than 160 years.
“We will fight to make sure this doesn’t happen,” Peterson said. “And if it does, it won’t be because we didn’t try. If we see anything further, the citizens will be the first to know, because I’ll be asking you to write letters.”