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Muskegon County 'Shake Your Mailbox' Day
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The Muskegon County Road Commission has declared October 23th as 'Shake Your Mailbox" Day.

Each winter, mailboxes are damaged or knocked down during winter maintenance operations.  More often than not, damage to mailboxes is caused by snow pushing against weakened posts or hardware.  If you can shake your mailbox, it probably needs maintenance.  Take time now to make any repairs needed so your mailbox will be strong enough to survive the winter.  Proper maintenance may help to prevent damage that results in delayed mail delivery, or worse, having to make alternate delivery arrangements.  On “Shake Your Mailbox Day”, please give your mail box an aggressive shaking and a thorough inspection.

Did you know?

  • Your mailbox is in the road right of way, and is allowed by the road commission as a convenience to you.
  • If you have questions or concerns with respect to the rules and requirements for the construction and placement of your mailbox, check with the US Postal Service.
  • Flying snow makes it look like snow plow trucks are traveling much faster than they are, but the average speed of travel is about 25MPH.  Even at this speed, the force of the snow being pushed off the road can damage mailboxes and other roadside items.
  • The Road Commission has a policy that if your mailbox is damaged, the claim will be reviewed.  If the damage is caused by an actual hit from a plow, the Road Commission will give you a replacement.  If the damage is caused from flying snow/ice, the responsibility for repair is on the property owner.
  • TIP…  In addition to making sure your mailbox is strong enough to survive winter, clearing snow to the right of your driveway will help reduce the amount of snow deposited in your drive and against the mailbox post during winter maintenance.
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