BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP-- It can be expected this time of year: The snow brings out the plows, and an occasional mailbox becomes a casualty of winter.
That was the case during the latest heavy snowfall. Bainbridge Township crews took to the streets with about 100 miles of roads to cover.
Service Department Foreman John Brett said after they cleared the streets, they realized they had cleared out about forty mailboxes. "We definitely try to get as close to a mailbox as we can. We don't want the post office to send out a letter saying they can't get to the mailbox. And on occasion, we get a little too close and end up hitting the mailbox," Brett said.
In the Laurel Springs Development, all the mailboxes are the same. One was completely knocked off its post. "This type of snow was a wet snow. Again, the snow coming off the plow is more than a mailbox can handle," Brett added.
Bainbridge Township has a $50 mailbox reimbursement policy. But, Laurel Springs resident Paul Toft said he would take three times that to replace these mailboxes. "I can understand that you know mailboxes can get wiped out with a snow plow, but paying $50 dollars seems a little lame when the mailbox costs $150," Toft said.
The reimbursement comes out of taxpayers' dollars and the township feels it has to put a limit on the replacement cost.
Laurel Springs resident Lisa Grossman agrees as she commented on her neighbor's shattered mailbox. "I think he just has to take the $50 bucks and just put it towards replacing his mailbox. And I know it's not enough, but he just has to do it," she said.
The township does not actually physically replace the mailbox. That is up to the homeowner to do.