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Can I get a new mailbox?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:17 PM
mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 243

ANSWER:

Timely question, Stoney.

The Ottawa County Road Commission's policy was revised two years. Now, should a mailbox be damaged by Road Commission equipment or snow thrown from its equipment during winter maintenance operations, the property owner may receive a new standard mailbox and/or a single 4-by-4 wood post at one of commission's four garages.

The Grand Haven Township garage is at 14110 Lakeshore Ave.

The property owner must provide either the actual damaged mailbox or post, or a photo of it. The property owner is responsible to remove the damaged mailbox or post and install the replacement.

For details, call 616-842-5400.

The City of Grand Haven and Spring Lake Village both do not replace mailboxes knocked off by snow being thrown by its trucks.

"The city's policy is, if we damage a mailbox, we will replace it," Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. "Unfortunately, we do not pay for it when snow damages mailboxes. On a lot of reports that we get from residents, 99.9 percent of the time it is snow damage, not plows."

Ferrysburg Public Works Director George Dunning said that's similar to his city's policy.

"If the truck or plow hits it, we fix it," he said. "If just the snow knocks it over, the homeowner fixes it."

Dunning added that plastic mailboxes are simply not a good idea in Michigan.

Hunter said his staff investigates every complaint and informs the property owner of their decision.

"The snow is heavy and, when it hits it, it damages it," he added.

Hunter said in the very unlikely instance that a snowplow hits a parked car, they would report it immediately to the public safety department. He said his drivers do their best to plow around even illegally parked cars.

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