Sen. Jones urges Congress to stop closure of Lansing mail processing center

LANSING—A resolution sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones formally requests Congress to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from closing or consolidating the mail processing and distribution center on Collins Road in Lansing.

“It is long overdue that Congress and President Obama come together and finally fix the postal service,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Closing the Lansing mail processing center could lead to a slippery slope where mail in mid-Michigan is eventually delivered only a couple times a week.

“The president sends billions of dollars overseas – taxpayer dollars that could be better put to use ensuring the U.S. Postal Service provides efficient daily mail service. Keeping open the Lansing facility is part of that effort.”

Senate Resolution 189 states that the U.S. Postal Service plans to close or consolidate the Lansing facility on Jan. 5, 2015.

The resolution urges congressional intervention to stop the proposal, which “will cause the delay of mail and elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.”

Once adopted by the Senate, copies of Jones’ resolution would be sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representative and each member of the Michigan congressional delegation.  


Sen. Jones applauds voter approval of expanded BWL representation

LANSING—Sen. Rick Jones on Wednesday applauded the nearly 2-to-1 approval by Lansing voters to amend the city charter to create three non-voting seats on the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) to represent the utility’s suburban customers.

“I am very happy with the overwhelming results of the Lansing election concerning regional representation and accountability at the Board of Water & Light,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. 
“I have fought for outside oversight of the BWL, and this will give a voice to the nearly 39 percent of BWL customers who live outside the city of Lansing. Now, the communities of Delta Township, East Lansing and other areas will have three new members of the Board of Commissioners looking out for them.”

Under the new charter terms, one new BWL board member will represent East Lansing, one will represent Delta Township and one at-large seat will rotate annually between Meridian, Delhi, DeWitt and Lansing townships.

A second reform giving the mayor emergency authority over BWL during a crisis was also approved.