Please check your mailbox and make sure it is in good repair, firmly attached to a solid post, and properly placed so no part of it is over the pavement. Your mailbox will have to withstand countless tons of flying snow this winter and it may require periodic maintenance. If a mailbox or post is pushed over or damaged as a result of snow or slush coming off a snowplow, it is considered a winter hazard and the Town will not repair or replace the mailbox or post. The height of the bottom of the mailbox should between 42 inches and 48 inches. The mailbox door should be 6 to 8 inches from the front face of the curb or road edge. Click here for Diagram
The Town Council has enacted the following policy:
Code of the Town of Tolland, § A-176-16, Policy No. 16:
Policy Regarding Placement of Mailboxes, Newspaper Tubes, Roadside Structures and Landscaping Elements Within the Town of Tolland’s Road Right-of-Way. [Adopted by the Town Council 12-10-2002.]
A. It is an historic and current practice that private property interests do not extend to the edge of the Town’s roads. This is to provide for Public Safety by creating adequate sightlines and clear zones immediately adjacent to the traveled way. This area also provides for implementation of best management practices regarding road maintenance activities.
B. Residents should make every effort not to place items within the public right-of-way. The erection or placement of items such as mailboxes, newspaper tubes, roadside structures and landscaping elements in this area is not prohibited. However, such items placed in the public right-of-way is done solely for the convenience of the adjacent landowner, and the risk of loss or creation of a hazard is the sole responsibility of said landowner.
C. The Town of Tolland shall not be responsible for damage or replacement to these or similar uses located within the right-of-way. Residents are cautioned that routine removal of snow and ice, roadside mowing and other activities associated with highway maintenance and road improvements may cause damage to items placed in this area.