Plowed mailboxes

Sherrie of Grand Haven Township asked, "How does the Road Commission determine how many mailboxes they have to replace each year that get destroyed by snow plows? Is this year excessive?"
Mark Brooky
Feb 17, 2014



Brett Laughlin, managing director of the Ottawa County Road Commission, said they have not yet added up the number of mailboxes given out this winter.

Of course, once the snowbanks melt away, there will likely be many more mailboxes needing to be replaced.

Laughlin supplied us with the Road Commission's current policy regarding mailbox damage as a result of winter maintenance:

— If a mailbox is damaged by Road Commission equipment or snow thrown from Road Commission equipment during winter maintenance operations, the property owner may receive a new standard mailbox and/or a single 4-by-4-inch wood post at one of the garage locations. (The closest one to us is at the corner of Lakeshore and Rosy Mound drives in Grand Haven Township.)

— The property owner is responsible to remove the damaged mailbox/post and to install the replacement mailbox/post.

— The locations are open Monday through Friday, except on holidays or observed holidays established by the board. Appointments are made between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call 616-842-5400 for an appointment.

— The property owner shall provide either the actual damaged mailbox/post or a photo of the actual damaged mailbox/post before a new standard mailbox and/or a single wood post can be issued. Upon receipt of a new mailbox and/or post, the property owner shall sign a register and provide the property address.

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they dont replace mailboxs, been that route, thats its up to the mailbox owner to protect it from damage, but things do happen, i replaced mine twice in the couple of years


Actually they do replace them, with a cheapo metal one as well as a huge wooden pole. They do not install them, that is the responsibility of the homeowner, but if you bring in the destroyed mailbox or photos, they will give you a new one. They destroyed ours this year and I picked one up from the Ottawa County Road Commission. They hit this 2nd one now too but, did not knock it down, just bent it. And ours sits farther off the road than our neighbors and they seem to always hit ours.


You've got that all wrong Bzz, you obviously did not call OCRC. They replaced mine in December with a nice (not cheap) metal one. Offered a pole, but I didn't need it. Plows came by last week and knocked that one off, and it is now strapped on until Spring. In over 30 years living on Mercury, they have only had to replace my mailbox twice. They do it, no questions asked, just show them a picture of it on your phone when you go in.

Tri-cities realist

Did they change their policy recently? I thought it used to be that "snow thrown" by their equipment was NOT reason for them to replace a mailbox, the plow had to actually hit the mailbox. Looks like I need to attend more OCRC meetings :-/


Thats what they told me, i needed proof that the plow actually hit the mailbox, with that, they will replace it, if snow hitting the mailbox, its not their fault, you right, they must have changed the policy this year. Also on mercury drive !!!


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