A proposal to move a postal-processing center from Oshkosh to Green Bay could mean later mail delivery for Ripon residents and businesses.

So warned Jim Jenks, a Ripon native, local property owner and employee with the U.S. Postal Office’s Oshkosh facility.

The Oshkosh location processes mail from communities with zip codes that begin with 549, Jenks told the Ripon Common Council at its meeting last week Monday.

Jenks, a Ripon High School graduate who now lives in Oshkosh, and a postal-employee union representative attended the meeting to ask the council to pass a resolution opposing moving Oshkosh center operations to Green Bay.

He noted that by having mail processed 75 rather than 25 miles away, Ripon risks delay of mail due to weather or bad traffic on Highway 41.

“The United States economy is fragile,” Jenks said. “Any delay of mail will prevent our economy from getting on track.”

Jenks spoke during the public-comment portion of the meeting, so the council neither discussed nor took action on his proposal.

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