Mailboxes that comply with Minnesota Statute 169.072
, Minnesota Rule 8818
, and U.S. Postal Service specifications that are damaged as a result of direct contact by city snow removal equipment will be temporarily repaired within 48 hours of receiving notification of such damage. If the mailbox and post cannot be temporarily repaired, a portable mailbox will be set in place so mail service may be continued.
For mailboxes that are knocked down as a result of direct contact by city snow removal equipment, the city will replace the damaged mailbox structure the following spring with a standard number one black, white, or silver mailbox mounted on a four-by-four-inch treated post. Residents may request reimbursement to replace the mailbox structures themselves, relieving the City of any further obligation. Expenses of up to $75 for a single mailbox on a single structure; up to $150 for 2-3 mailboxes grouped on a single structure; up to $225 for 4 or more grouped on a single structure may be requested, if the resident so chooses. In such cases, the City will provide portable, temporary mailboxes until the following spring. The city does not provide permanent repair for mailbox damage from snow being pushed against the mailbox. View mailbox installation standards
Mailbox damage must be reported to the Public Works Department prior to May 1 of the current year to qualify for repair or reimbursement. Mailboxes that do not comply with Minnesota Statute 169.072, Minnesota Rule 8818, and U.S. Postal Service specifications or are damaged due to snow deposited from plows (versus being hit by city snow removal equipment) will not be replaced. The city does not take responsibility for damage to media or paper boxes and does not repair them.