Highway Superintendent - Ed Morgan
||7:00am to 4:30pm
||7:00am to 12:00pm
||7:00am to 4:00pm
Mailboxes Damaged During Snow Removal
In the course of plowing during and after
significant snowstorms, our Highway Department receives phone calls
regarding damage to mailboxes, either from snowplows directly or
from the force of snow being thrown by the plows. If such damage is
indeed caused by snow removal, it is not done intentionally but is
an unfortunate consequence of snow removal.
As far as replacing damaged mailboxes, it must be
pointed out that there is no statutory or legal authority which
grants a property owner or resident along a public highway any right
to place a mailbox in a highway right-of-way. The mailbox is on town
or county right of way as a courtesy to the postal service.
Thus when the necessity of keeping the highway
open conflicts with the individualís reception of the mail, the
latter must stand aside. The owner might even be compelled to remove
the box under Highway Law#319.
From past experiences, we have found that plastic
mailboxes do not withstand the abuse of snow from the plows hitting
them and are not recommended.
As a courtesy, the Highway Department will place
a temporary box so that a resident can receive mail if their box is
damaged by the plow. We will not replace a fancy mailbox or post.
Mailbox posts with fancy supports are not
recommended as they stick down under the box and give the wing plow
something to get hold of. A box mounted directly on top of a treated
4 x 4 is best.
Town of Murray's responsibility for state and
county roads (see map below) are as follows:
State Roads - The town contracts the state
for snow and ice control on Route 237 only. The state
controls snow and ice on Route 104 and Route 31. The town also
contracts the state for roadside mowing on all state roads.
Resident Engineer - David Lange - 585-589-6655
County Roads - The town contracts the
county for snow and ice control on all county roads along with
roadside mowing three times a year.
County Highway Superintendent - Ed Houseneckt -
Map showing ownership responsibility for roads in
the Town of Murray
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