image from the internet – not an Upton Plow
It’s that time a year again when residents wonder if it’s worth replacing their mailbox once the plow guy has taken it out in a storm.
One quiet residential neighborhood with no real thru traffic lost at least 5 mailboxes in the recent storm here in Upton; a storm which resulted in a couple of inches of accumulation.
Residents in the neighborhood believe speed is the issue for the mishaps; which seem to happen every year. Others think perhaps the plow driver might be a little too aggressive with his duties.
The Town’s policy is to reimburse property owners for mailboxes damaged only if directly hit by a plow.
To keep your mailbox safe the US Postal Service recommends that mailboxes be at least 41” above the ground and 6 – 8” from the curb or edge of road, and installed with a sturdy post. Making sure that you meet these guidelines will help allow snowplows to pass below the box, especially if it is away from the road surface. Here is a link to the post office’s information on this topic: https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm.