Box dam­age – con­sider the source

The Glengarry News - - The Opin­ion Page -

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.

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