BRISTOL -- With winter approaching, the Mayorâ€™s Office and the Department of Public Works are reminding residents that all rural route curbside mailboxes should be located and/or installed per the approved U.S. Postal Service/Public Works specifications.
â€śThe mailboxes must also be in good condition,â€ť said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. â€śWe have many people make claims on mailboxes that have been knocked over only to find that they were structurally compromised.â€ť
Ray Rogozinski, Public Works director said while the Public Works drivers and private contractors hired for snow plowing try to maintain adequate distance from the curb during snow plowing operations, it can be hard to judge on snow covered roads.
â€śTo protect mailboxes from winter plowing operations, your mailbox should be set so that no portion of the box, arm, or post is any closer than 10 inches from the curb edge of the gutter,â€ť Rogozinski said.
Rogozinski said if your mailbox is damaged due to snow plowing operation, you should report the damage within 45 days of the incident to the Public Works dispatcher at 860-584-7791. You will be asked a series of questions, including your name, telephone, date of incident, whether it was a city or contract plow truck, and the truck number if that is available.
If the damage is determined to be due to winter operations, the city will ensure the mailbox is repaired temporarily to allow for mail delivery to continue.
If more permanent repairs are needed, there are two options. The city will repair/replace the mailbox with a standard metal mailbox (white or black) on a 4x4 post as weather allows -- typically in the spring.
If a resident wishes to repair/replace the mailbox themselves, they can submit a claim to the city to receive payment of $75 toward expenses. For more information, visit the Works web page and click on â€śWinter Street Operations.â€ť
As a reminder, the winter parking ban per city ordinance states: â€śNo person shall park a vehicle on any street or highway between the hours of 2 a.m.-6 a.m. of any day during the period from Dec. 15 to March 15.â€ť
The city can also impose a parking ban outside of these dates and times if bad weather is forecast. Members of the public can keep up with parking ban notifications via the cityâ€™s website.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.