On Monday, the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee considered and approved a resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service not to close five post offices in Milwaukee.
The legislation – file # 11059 – was introduced by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, was heard by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee and unanimously approved. The resolution will now go on to the full Common Council for consideration.
The resolution – co-sponsored by Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr., Alderman Willie C. Wade and Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. – urges the U.S. Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission “to maintain affordable, secure and dependable postal services in the city.”
Budget problems caused the Postal Service to consider closing 3,653 post offices, including Milwaukee locations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, West Fond du Lac Avenue, West Vliet Street, North 35th Avenue and North Teutonia Avenue.
“All five of these post offices are located in Milwaukee’s predominantly African American central city, and closing them or significantly reducing postal services would cause a disparate impact on one group (African Americans) and one geographical area,” Alderwoman Coggs said in a written statement.
If all five post offices are closed, 3,400 displaced P.O. Box users would need to transfer their service to another location, she said. Adding: “Sadly, I believe many of those affected would simply lose their P.O. Box, negatively affecting their ability to utilize vital USPS services they depend on.”
Many of the neighborhoods that would be affected by the possible post office closures have already had delivery stoppages because of crime and public safety concerns, and USPS mailboxes in many of them have been removed or relocated, according to the Alderwoman.
The Postal System could make its decision on closing the offices as early as November.