Mailbox Damage

SUBJECT:  Mailboxes Damaged by Town Snowplows
No. 15
DATE:   August 15, 1984
REVISED:        August 5, 1993
REVISED:        May 8, 1997
REVISED:        April 5, 2007

In order to provide fair and uniform resolutions to disputes involving mailboxes damaged by town snowplows, the Avon Town Council approves the following policy concerning mailboxes.

A.  All mailboxes should be securely fastened to a sturdy post which is sufficiently anchored in the ground to resist the impact of plowed snow.  Information on proper installations is available at the Town Hall.

B.  In accordance with current postal guidelines, the mailbox should be nine (9) inches from the curb or edge of pavement in order to prevent contact by the plow itself.  

C.  If a mailbox is struck by a Town snowplow, the town will reimburse the owner an amount not to exceed $65.00 for the post and an amount not to exceed $20.00 for the box for a total of $85.00, at the discretion of the Director of Public Works. Payment will not include costs other than materials and will not cover the cost of decorative wood or metal posts, or decorative boxes.

D.  No box or post will be repaired or replaced if the post shows dry rot or is otherwise unstable.

E.  The Town Manager, or designated representative, is authorized to use reasonable discretion in resolving disputes involving unusual circumstances.