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Oct 292014
 

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

The Town of Orange Highway Department would like to remind homeowners of the town’s mailbox policy.

The Highway Department does not replace mailboxes or posts.  If the slush from the snowplows knocks off a mailbox or breaks a post, the homeowner is responsible.  Only if the Highway Department initiates contact with the homeowner will the post be repaired or the box replaced.  Slush and snow thrown from the plows is unavoidable.  

It is up to the homeowner to take preventative steps to protect their mailbox.

The Highway Department suggests you do not use plastic mailboxes or posts.  The plastic cannot withstand frigid cold temperatures.  When slush or snow impacts cold plastic the plastic will shatter.   We suggest using a good 4” x 4” wooden post or a 2″ pipe with a metal box.  This combination seems to be most durable.

Nov 042013
 

Snow-PlowThere are over 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes:   The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills, and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets.  Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends.  However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways:   All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway.  The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

Mailbox Damage:   The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade.  Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike.  The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.  It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage.  DPW recommends the use of a 4″ x 4″ wooden post or 2″ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing:   The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways or parking lots onto Town streets.  This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.  If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.  This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking:   The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues to April 1 of the following year.  During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms.  Should your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department.  The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes:   The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now before the ground freezes.  It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy snowfall.  Installing stakes along property edges as close to pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing.  Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store.  If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against snow.

Feb 122013
 

 

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

Do You Know How Orange Highway Handles Snow And Mailboxes? Before the storm, Orange Live reminded residents to construct snow shields at their mailboxes to protect them from the pressure of the plowed snow hitting them.

Residents are responsible for repair/replacement of their own mailboxes. Highway Department will not be making any repairs.

And, as snow is “pushed back” to widen roads, residents will find snow pushed into their (probably already plowed) driveways. No highway trucks will be dispatched to remove this snow.

It’s up to residents to clear snow from the entry of their own driveways and to clear access to their mailboxes (if they are still standing).

If they need the name of a local contractor they may call highway at 203-891-4775 for some names and numbers.