Bethel officials are reminding residents about the town's mailbox replacement policy. If a mailbox or post is damaged during snow removal operations, it's not the responsibility of the Public Works Department ot make repairs. The responsibility falls to the property owner, unless the damage is from direct contact with snow removal equipment.
An inspector will determine if the plow operator is at fault.
But Bethel officials cautioned that the majority of mailbox and post damage is the result of improper installation or maintenance. They says the average number of mailboxes hit by equipment is less than one percent. Non-contact mailbox knockdowns may average more then one hundred or more per snow storm