Box damage – consider the source
One of the realities of country living is that mailboxes are vulnerable, and are especially susceptible to damage during winter.
However, South Glengarry is advising homeowners whose receptacles are battered may be entitled to a new box -- if the culprit is a plow, not snow.
“Mailboxes and posts can be affected by the operation of a snowplow in two ways,” the municipality notes in a public notice. “Mailboxes which are not ruggedly constructed, aged, or are not securely affixed to their post or cantilever arm may be damaged or dislodged by the direct weight and force of snow thrown from the plow. The Township bears no liability for such damage or impact and is only responsible to advise the mailbox owner of this policy's limitation should an inquiry be made.”
But, “If the damage should, in the sole discretion of the Township Roads Department, result from the snowplow wing or any other part of the snowplow vehicle coming into direct contact with the mailbox, the mailbox shall be repaired and/or replaced with a new mailbox which meets the standard as established by Canada Post. It shall also be at the Township’s sole discretion as to whether the damage can be repaired or replacement with new materials is warranted.”
The municipality points out that boxes must be located close enough to a road so that mail delivery contractors can reach the box without leaving their vehicle or being an impediment to other traffic. “Of necessity, this requirement places all mailboxes in close proximity to the area which must be cleared by the snowplow. Accordingly, the mailbox post should be located at the rounding of the shoulder area so that the opening of the mailbox is at the outside edge of the shoulder,” the township says.
A major caveat: Any improperly installed mailbox which is physically struck by a plow or other maintenance vehicle will not be replaced by the municipality.
Visit canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/assets/pdf/personal/rmb_guidelines_e.pdf for details on installation rules.