PREPARE YOUR MAILBOX FOR THE WINTER – A LITTLE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE GOES A LONG WAY!
Every fall, our Service Director examines all the city’s rural mailboxes and posts. If a mailbox and/or post looks to be in need of repair, the Director sends an informational letter (with a picture) to the homeowner requesting repair before the first snowfall; otherwise the mailbox and/or post may not withstand the force of the snow being thrown off the plow trucks. The homeowner may even want to consider installing a snow deflector shield.
Even if you do not receive a letter, everyone should inspect their mailbox to ensure it sits back 6-8 inches back from the curb, is secured properly to the post by tightening all the screws and bolts, and the post is in stable and good condition (not loose or rotted). The city is not responsible for repairing or replacing a mailbox and/or post that is damaged or broken due to thrown snow. After inspection, if it has been determined that a mailbox and/or post has been directly struck by our snowplow equipment, it may be repaired or replaced by the city with a conventional mailbox and a no larger than 4"x4" post. For more information on proper mailbox size, construction, installation and maintenance, visit:https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm