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Mailboxes your problem

— When the snow piles and plows barrel through sending tons of hard wet snow to the same shoulder of the road your dolphin mailbox used to sit, that crumpled up box with the utility bill trapped inside could now be the homeowner’s problem to replace.

In years past, Peru reimbursed residents if their mailbox was damaged by snow plows. The board may decide to stop doing that.

The town council will meet Dec. 12 to discuss whether to continue paying to replace mailboxes damaged by plows.

“In years past we’ve replaced broken mailboxes but it’s costing the town a lot of money,” said Supervisor Peter Glushko.

Town board member Kregg Bruno said the damages in some years cost the town up to $5,000. Last year, the town spent about $2,500 replacing mangled mail boxes.

In years past, Glushko said replacing the boxes wasn’t a problem, but the rising costs of utilities and county maintenence is forcing the council to explore cost-saving measures.

“Anything that saves money is a good idea for the town, we need to get together and get everybody’s ideas and see which way we’re going to go.”

Every community is different in terms of what will be done for someone whose mailbox is damaged by a town vehicle, Peru Deputy Supervisor Brandy McDonald said.

Peru’s policy to reimburse for damaged property is uncommon compared to state and county policy, he said.

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