Frequently Asked Questions - Highway Department

FAQs - Highway Department

In mostly all cases, the weight of the snow and ice coming off the plow can render a mailbox unusable, without the plow ever coming into direct contact.  Mailboxes are permitted in the Town’s ROW, but the duty to clear the roadway of snow and ice is paramount, and the mailboxes’ placement is secondary.  See the Attorney Generals opinion (insert link) and the USPS standards for more information https://www.usps.com/manage/know-mailbox-guidelines.htm 

Most plows channel snow from the center of the road to the edges and from left to right.  We make every effort to distribute evenly to minimize inconvenience, but, living in the Northeast, Snow Happens!

No, the Town can not work on private property.  The only trees that the Town can trim or take down are the ones located in the Town’s right-of-way.  Any trees outside the Town’s right-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner. 

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