Fighting For Your Voice: An Update, and Concerns, About the Proposed Oak Creek Postal Facility

You may have seen news coverage recently that the United States Postal Service sorting facility project originally proposed more than a decade ago for the southwest corner of Nicholson and College Avenues might have new life. Check out coverage here, here, and here.

There is just on thing missing in the process so far — you.

The project planners have yet to engage the governments of Oak Creek and South Milwaukee in any meaningful way, and have not committed to a robust public process as their plans are brought to life.

That’s not acceptable.

With that in mind, both the Oak Creek and South Milwaukee City Councils passed similar resolutions last week calling for local community input around the revised plans and impact of the project.

From our resolution

WHEREAS, on July 30, 2019 the City of Oak Creek received a letter from the United States Postal Service (USPS) declaring its intent to construct a mail processing center on the properties (the Project), and providing the City of Oak Creek the opportunity to review and comment on the project; and

WHEREAS, on August 1, 2019 the City of Oak Creek responded to the United States Postal Service and formally requested the opportunity to review and comment on the project; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oak Creek has not received any correspondence from the USPS in response to its request to review and comment on the project; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oak Creek has yet to receive assurances from the USPS that it intends to honor its agreements with the City of Oak Creek with respect to the construction and operation of a postal service processing and distribution center on the properties

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that for and on behalf of themselves and the taxpayers of the City of South Milwaukee, and for the reasons herein above set forth go on record as requesting that any construction and operation of a postal service processing and distribution center on the properties take place in accordance with the construction and operational standards that were agreed upon as part of the initial rezoning approval.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, any development of a postal service processing and distribution center proceed in accordance with the standards established by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act standards for soliciting, assessing, and incorporating local community input.

I’ll keep you posted, and continue to fight with Oak Creek and our federally elected leaders to ensure we’re not shut out of this process.

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8 responses to “Fighting For Your Voice: An Update, and Concerns, About the Proposed Oak Creek Postal Facility

  1. DHH

    So raise the sales tax but fight against PILT payments because the Feds haven’t “consulted” you. Egos get in the way of fiscal responsibility.

  2. Mary Holtz

    Thank you for ensuring South Milwaukee residents have a mechanism for input in this process. We should be part of the discussion of pros and cons for a development that would have direct impact on our residents.

  3. Mary Holtz

    Thank you for making sure South Milwaukee residents have a mechanism for input for this process. We should be part of the discussion of pros and cons for a development that would have direct impact for our residents.

  4. Frank Gratke

    Here are three key points I read. “USPS currently has the option to renew its lease in five-year increments through 2040.” , USPS is moving forward with plans for a 425,000-square-foot facility in Oak Creek. That project, however, is a replacement for the current USPS facility in Oak Creek, ” and “project is still in the early phases of design so actual timelines are not available”.

    This tells me the current Downtown Post Office could be there unti; the year 2040. They have a sort facility on 6th in Oak Creek is to small they are looking at building a bigger one at Pennsylvania and College.in Oak Creek. They have no design yet, Looks to me like South Milwaukee and Oak Creek officials are in for a long hard sort out of what USPS is doing.

  5. Rick

    The Federal Government is not required to meet with either municipality. Silt fencing is up, more heavy equipment delivered yesterday, and contractor signage board is up. Excavation starts Monday, November 4th.

  6. Melanie Poser

    Really could care less if they want our advice on their plans. I just want mail l send to people in South Milwaukee to get to them as fast as the people in Wauwatosa, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, etc. l can send my Dad , who lives in Pewaukee, a card, and he gets it in 2-3 days. But my daughter 2 miles down the road doesn’t get hers for a couple weeks. It’s ridiculous.

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