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Wyandotte Post Office Set to Close in June

The Wyandotte and Riverview post offices are set to close and merge with the Southgate post office.

Come June, Wyandotte will no longer have its own post office.

Mayor Joseph Peterson made the announcement at the end of Monday night’s city council meeting.

“Not having a satellite office in this city would be devastating,” Peterson said, as he urged residents to write letters in protest of the move.

According to a restructuring and cost savings plan, the Wyandotte and Riverview post offices will close and will operate out of the Southgate post office.

The federal government rents the building that houses , Peterson said. With that lease coming up in June, officials opted not to renew it.

Peterson said he understands the financial savings that could come with ending the lease, but said he imagined the office would simply move to another spot in Wyandotte, not close entirely.

“I don’t know what’s next,” he said. “When does the bleeding stop? … We need to stand up and fight.”

Wyandotte Postmaster Michael Taurence confirmed the closure plans, but said nothing is written in stone.

"There is nothing totally definite yet," he said. "This is all in the planning stages. There is still nothing that has come down and said this is a go. ... The savings may not qualify right now. It may end up being put on the side for awhile."

Peterson said he plans to offer postal officials the option of setting up a small mailing center inside the new Wyandotte City Hall once it moves across the street from its and into . The move is

Taurence said he likes Peterson's idea, but acknowledged those decisions "are over my head and out of my control."

"Mr. Peterson has already taken some avenues to address it and he'll likely get a quicker response than I would have," Taurence said. "I know right now, there is no plan to have a presence in Wyandotte because that is a concern of mine as well."

Wyandotte officials issued a statement Tuesday morning on the city's Facebook page:

"We have had a post office presence in the city since 1855–12 years prior to our incorporation as a city in 1867," it reads. "The Wyandotte Post Office brings thousands of people to our downtown and offers an invaluable service to the citizens of our community."

Those wishing to write letters on the issue are encouraged to contact:

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
313-962-7700
or in Washington at
Congressman Hansen Clarke
1319 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Mary Gasiewski December 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Great, something else gone from this city:( This just makes me so sad that we seem to be losing all of our small town feel. Are they moving all of the employees? Or will they be cutting people? I use this post office often.
Peter Rose December 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Here's an example of how beautiful a thriving economy is, and how damaging a struggling one is. All these workers, no longer eating and shopping downtown. I was hope they keep their jobs somehow. All the people who bundled a post office trip with other errands, perhaps with less of a reason to come downtown. Yet I know how much less I mail. With email and autopays, I'm not surprised- but it still feels awful, and a step we can not undo. Best wishes to all at risk.
Cheryl Repasky December 13, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Why Wyandotte? We have a wonderful downtown area. People do come around from other cities and shop there and I know this to be true. We are in need of this post office. In addition, Wyandotte has many senior citizens who depend upon that post office. I am preparing my letter right now to stop the closure. Not everyone emails or pay their bills online. I enjoy receiving a letter in the mail...so sad.
a allotta December 13, 2011 at 01:43 PM
People need to speak up and let everyone locally ( friends and neighbors ) know. Unfortunately many do not watch the council meetings and more do not even read the newspaper .
Cass Pawlowski December 13, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Completely closing the Post Office in Wyandotte is not a good idea. I think Mayor Peterson's idea to get a satelite office in city hall would be a good move for both the city and the USPS.
Larry Stec December 13, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Hello. I find it quite ironic that the federal government makes such a huge investment in Wyandotte in the form of NSP money, then decides to close the Post Office, tearing the very fabric of making this a town. If you would like to voice your opinions to those that have a say in this matter, please write to the following individuals at the listed addresses. Congressman Hansen Clarke 400 Monroe St. Suite 290 Detroit, MI. 48226 (313) 962-7700 or in Washington at Conressman Hansen Clarke 1319 Longworth HOB Washington DC, 20515 The Honorable Patrick R. Donohoe Postmaster General and CEO United States Postal Service 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington, DC 20260 Let's let our voices be heard. Please contact them today.
Erin McGill Beard December 13, 2011 at 02:13 PM
This is very sad to me as well; I use this post office often, sending out orders from my etsy store, and I do bundle my errands with a trip downtown as Pete Rose stated. I hate to hear of even more job losses in the State of Michigan, and especially Wyandotte. I am not too familar with laws, but does this mean our zip code will change as well?
Kim Elizabeth Johnson December 13, 2011 at 02:21 PM
I cannot believe how much Wyandotte has changed since I moved here 8 years ago...many of the aspects of the town that drew me here are gone now and with it much of the charm and small town feel I was seeking. Now no more fireworks and no more post office...just devastating to see this happening.
Michele December 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM
This upsets me greatly as I use this post office quite a bit to send my EBay items. Wyandotte does not need another loss and I will be filing a complaint about this!
a allotta December 13, 2011 at 02:35 PM
any emails for them ?
a allotta December 13, 2011 at 02:35 PM
This can be changed, they changed their minds in Homosassa Florida last year with a population less than 16,000 because all spoke up. even though another post office was within several miles..new city hall good idea, or even inside huge new social security building , long as we have a place in our great city.
Sharon December 13, 2011 at 02:43 PM
I think this is horrible. SMART has just cancelled two of their bus routes from Wyandotte and now the Post Office is going. No offense to Southgate, but they don't have the beautiful "downtown" that we do. Somehow going to the Post Office with a huge WalMart nextdoor just doesn't come close to stopping at the post office and then shopping or having lunch in a quaint downtown.
Natalie Rankine December 13, 2011 at 03:18 PM
On behalf of the Downtown Development Authority, I urge you to write letters. We have had a post office presence in the City since 1855- twelve 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. 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 (313) 962-7700 or in Washington at Conressman Hansen Clarke 1319 Longworth HOB Washington DC, 20515 Thank you in advance. Natalie Rankine, Downtown Development Authority
Jason Sczynski December 13, 2011 at 08:39 PM
One word on Mr. Donahoe's plan is Stupid! growing up in Wyandotte i walked there with my mom and grandma on several occaisions and they had the friendliest postal people there! Just downright sad. also in regards to Riverview same thing just sad! i remember when Riverview shared Wyandotte's zip code of 48192 and now they won't even have a post office. how sad! small towns were always known for the post office! It was a tourist destination! always when i visited Frankenmuth i'd always stop in the post office to mail my letters! ? if that one is slated to close or not! God bless our postal workers and hope they find a bright future as we enter the holiday season!
Christine Orman December 14, 2011 at 12:44 AM
This is very sad news. I hope we as citizens can do something about it. I will write these letters. I hope everyone else does too and pass the word on to others encouraging them to write as well. I enjoy having our post office. As a matter of fact I choose to go there to buy my stamps rather than sending in for them because it's a good excuse to go downtown for lunch etc...
Sue Czarnecki December 14, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Jeez, no more post office, no more fireworks. The next thing you know - no more movie theatre. Oh, wait a minute, that's gone, too.
Sam123 December 14, 2011 at 09:30 PM
devastating? really?
Sam123 December 14, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I would hope the USPS uses some criteria other than "quaint downtown" when deciding which post offices to close and which to keep open.
Curtis Lowe December 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Love how Peterson asks when the bleeding will stop. This coming from someone that begged the residents of Wyandotte to pass a millage to bleed them more.
Tony Galano January 05, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Nope. Zip codes never change.
Curtis Lowe January 07, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Not sure if it will change but probably not. And zip codes change often Tony. Riverview changed a few years back.

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