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If snowplow hits your mailbox, Lower Swatara Township will pay — some

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/6/19

Lower Swatara Township residents might be reimbursed up to $35 if a township plow hits a mailbox.

Township manager Betsy McBride raised the issue at the board of commissioners meeting Jan. 16 …

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If snowplow hits your mailbox, Lower Swatara Township will pay — some

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Lower Swatara Township residents might be reimbursed up to $35 if a township plow hits a mailbox.

Township manager Betsy McBride raised the issue at the board of commissioners meeting Jan. 16 after she said a resident complained that the amount that the township was offering to reimburse was too low. McBride said the resident also wanted the township to provide the labor.

McBride said if the driver does know that a mailbox is hit, then the driver reports it.

“We can’t prove that we hit it or not, but we are willing to say, ‘Perhaps we did and we will fix it.’ But we’re not willing to replace a super-duper mailbox with another super-duper mailbox. We will pay up to $35,” McBride said.

She said township residents needed to provide a receipt to be reimbursed.

Township solicitor Peter Henninger said a majority of mailboxes are in the township right-of-way.

“Really, you need to plow the roads, and we can’t slow down, go around driveways. We can’t slow down, go around mailboxes. It just doesn’t work that way, and it can’t work that way,” Henninger said.

Commissioner Michael Davies proposed seeing what neighboring municipalities reimbursed for damaged mailboxes.

After the meeting, McBride told the Press & Journal that local municipalities have a variety of policies. Some such as Susquehanna Township will replace the mailbox.

Others such as East Hanover Township will not.

Others such as Londonderry Township will provide a certain amount of money for a replacement if the plow hit the mailbox.