Mailboxes damaged by plow VS. Snow

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The City of Becker Streets Department makes every effort to not hit/damage mailboxes while they are out on roadways conducting snowplowing and ice control operations.  In the event that an incident such as this would happen, the Streets and Parks Operations Lead would go out and determine if the mailbox was indeed hit by a snowplow, or if the sheer volume/weight of snow was the culprit in moving/damaging the mailbox in question.  


If it is determined that a snowplow did hit/damage a mailbox the City would be held accountable for fixing the mailbox ASAP or waiting until spring to fix or replace more significant issues.  



Complete Swing away mail box during snow season


Please note that compliance with USPS and FMCSA standards must be met when installing your mailbox.  For further guidance related to mailbox installation go to the following link www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm    Mailboxes must be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb; the incoming mail slot or door must be 41 to 45 inches from the ground.  Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than 24 inches deep and made from wooden post 4” X 4” or smaller or a steel or aluminum post 2” inches in diameter or smaller.  

 

City code is available on the City website at www.ci.becker.mn.us.   The City is currently updating the code to comply with FMCSA Standards regarding mailbox installation. This is a City Standard and not exclusive to this project area.  Over time, this updated standard will be utilized throughout the City.   Should you have any further questions or concerns surrounding this matter, please feel free to contact the Streets Department at 763-200-4275 or email us at pubwks@ci.becker.mn.us