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Prepare your mailbox for winter

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on November 8, 2018 – 12:14 amNo Comment

The Alpena County Road Commission is asking residents to prepare their roadside mailboxes for the upcoming winter season.

That includes making sure mailboxes are securely attached to the post and that posts are not damaged.

The best way to protect a mailbox is by installing a “snow board” to take the impact of plowed snow and prevent it from hitting the mailbox.  A copy of the suggested snow board installation guide may be obtained at the road commission offices.

Residents who are leaving the area for winter are urged to remove their mailbox until they return; and people with ornamental or custom-made mailboxes are asked to replace them with a standard U.S. Postal Service box until after the season.

The local road commission’s policy is to repair or replace only those mailboxes and posts that are damaged by a direct hit from a road commission plow.  The road commission will not repair or replace mailboxes damaged by flying snow off a plow.

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