Upton, others criticize USPS plan for Southwest Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — If you thought mail delivery was already a problem, it may become even more of a concern come next year.
The United States Postal Service wants to make changes to services across Southwest Michigan. That could impact how soon you get your mail.
“I find this to be very inefficient and not very cost effective for our citizens because they’re going to pick up the tab at the end of the day,” Kalamazoo County Commissioner Jeff Heppler said.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined with local and state leaders including the mayor of Kalamazoo and Portage on Monday morning to criticize the plan.
USPS will begin consolidating operations at locations across the country into a sorting and delivery center. It will impact carriers who operate out of some facilities in Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St. Joseph and Allegan counties.
Twenty-one locations in Southwest Michigan will merge into one location for postal and dispatch operations. That facility is located on South 9th Street in Oshtemo.
“They will require the carriers within a number of counties to all travel to one stop. If you live in Climax or Augusta and you’re a carrier in your home community you’re going to be asked to drive to Oshtemo,” Upton said.