MEDINA — County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday that prohibits large, ornate brick mailboxes on county roads.
County Engineer Mike Salay said the ban is a safety issue because brick structures are a roadside hazard. Salay has said nearly every mailbox on his own residential street — a county highway — has been hit by vehicles.
Township trustees will be advised of the new policy and asked to help get the word out.
Salay said township roads will not be included in the new policy but trustees will be encouraged to support it because “there are quite a few township roads out there with 50 mph speed limits and narrow shoulders, and so it is a highway safety issue.”
Salay told commissioners the new policy is effective for any new mailboxes and his office will work out a plan to bring any existing mailboxes into compliance that pose particular problems.
The proposed rules for mailboxes:
• The mailbox door should be at least 6 inches outside the shoulder of the highway. Those near guardrails must be behind the guardrail.
• Boxes made entirely of plastic or lightweight sheet metal should be attached so they cannot easily be separated from the post if hit by a vehicle.
• The wooden post can be no bigger than 4 by 4 inches and a metal post no bigger than 2 inches in diameter. They may not have an anchor plate, but can have an anti-twist device no more than 10 inches below the surface. They may not be set in concrete.
• No more than two boxes can be mounted on the same post. Posts with multiple boxes must be at least 3 feet apart.
• Nothing outside those regulations will be allowed unless approved by the county engineer.
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