Public works reminds residents of policy

NAUGATUCK — With winter underway, the Department of Public Works issued a reminder to residents on the borough’s mailbox repair policy.

Under the policy, the department is responsible for repairing mailboxes and posts only if the mailbox was damaged by a borough vehicle or plow leaving the road and making contact with the box or post.

The borough will not repair a mailbox that is damaged if it is fewer than 6 inches from the edge of the road. It will not be responsible for mailboxes damaged by flying snow or ice from plows while clearing roads, and it is not responsible for damage to mailboxes and posts that are rotted, rusted or improperly constructed, according to the policy.

Upon request, the department will review the damage and perform warranted repairs.

Mailbox repairs or replacements will be made using standard pressure treated wood posts and a standard metal box. Expensive decorative mail boxes that are damaged and for some reason cannot be replaced with a standard box and post will be referred to the borough’s insurance carrier.

Any unresolved complaints can be referred to the Street Commission.

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