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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