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Post Office Community Partnership Act of 1999
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POST OFFICE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 1999

WHEREAS, the US Conference of Mayors supports helping communities find ways to promote livability; and

WHEREAS, it is important for the Federal Government to be a constructive partner with cities working to make communities successful; and

WHEREAS, the over 40,000 post offices all across America serve to bring communities and people together as anchors that add to business districts and bring flavor to our cities; and

WHEREAS, the federal Postal Service has, on occasion, closed offices or relocated without consulting local jurisdictions or failed to comply with local rules such as groundwater environmental standards for runoff on their parking lots; and

WHEREAS, it is important for Government agencies to rule by example and not exclusion; and

WHEREAS, the United States’ Postal Service enjoys an unfair advantage over other providers of delivery services by not being required to meet ADA requirements, Land Use requirements, Permit and Inspection processes, Licensed Contractor requirements, and other Federal, State, and Local requirements; and

WHEREAS, the United States’ Postal Services has utilized numerous taxpayer-supported agencies such as the Attorney Generals’ office, the Court System, and other Federal agencies to support, defend, and enforce their exempt status. These agencies and their budget are no match for the small cities. They routinely trounce to flex their misuse of power the people never extended to them; and

WHEREAS, the United States’ Postal Service claims to be part of the Government of the people, by the people, for the people; they must act as a responsible law abiding entity of the people’s government and must therefore, participate and accept local government rules; and

WHEREAS, Representative Earl Blumenauer has introduced legislation, HR 670, the Post Office Community Partnership Act of 1999, which would institutionalize making the Postal Service a true partner in the community by making them comply with local planning, zoning and building codes that homeowners and businesses in communities across the country must adhere to,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the passage of HR 670, the Post Office Community Partnership Act of 1999.

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