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TITLE 4 HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY

CHAPTER 5 MAILBOX CODE

SECTION 4-5-1 MAILBOXES AND MAILBOX LOCATION

   
  (A)          No mailbox or newspaper delivery box, (hereafter referred to as mailbox) will be allowed to exist on the City's rights-of-way if it interferes with the safety of the traveling public or the function, maintenance, or operation of the street system, including snow removal equipment. A mailbox installation that does not conform to the provisions of this chapter is an unauthorized encroachment under Idaho Code § 49-221(2); § 50-313; or § 50-314, and any amendments thereto.
   
  (B)           The location and construction of mailboxes shall conform to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service, as well as the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council's Manual For the Location, Support and Mounting of Mailboxes, dated April, 1997, (hereafter referred to as Mailbox Manual), which is hereby adopted by the City.
   
  (C)          The mailbox installation that conforms with the Mailbox Manual will be considered acceptable. Mailbox location, height, support, mounting and turnout construction shall be in accordance with the Mailbox Manual.
   
  (D)          Any exceptions to the Mailbox Manual may be granted if, in the judgment of the City, the installation does not interfere with the safety of the traveling public or the function, maintenance, or the operation of the street system. Requests for any exception to the Mailbox Manual shall be in writing to the City. The request shall contain sufficient details to evaluate the requested exception.
   
  (E)           Mailbox Manuals are available from the Menan City Building located at 664 N. 3530 East, Menan,  Idaho.
   
  (F)           It will be the responsibility of the postal patron to inform the City of any new or existing mailbox installation where turnout construction is inadequate or will not permit all-weather access to mailbox. An all-weather turnout is sufficiently stable to support passenger cars stopping regularly during all weather conditions. The sub-base (ballast), base and surface treatment is a requirement of all new or reconstructed turnouts, and shall be the same as the adjacent roadway section.
   
  (G)          No mailbox will be permitted where access is obtained from the lanes of an arterial or where access is otherwise prohibited by law or regulation. Where a mailbox is installed in the vicinity of an existing guardrail, it should, whenever practical, be placed behind the guardrail.
   
  (H)          Exceptions to the lateral placement criteria may exist on residential streets and certain designated rural roads where the City deems it is in the public interest to permit lesser clearances or to require greater clearances.
   
  (I)            Mailboxes shall be of light metal or plastic construction, conforming to the requirements of the U.S. Postal Service. Newspaper delivery boxes shall be of light sheet metal or plastic construction of minimum dimensions suitable for holding a newspaper.
  (J)            Mailbox supports shall not be set in concrete, unless the support design has been shown to be safe by crash tests when so installed. A metal post shall not be fitted with an anchor plate, but it may have an anti-twist device (stabilizer fin) that extends no more than 10 inches (10") below the ground surface.
   
  (K)          The post-to-box attachment details should be of sufficient strength to prevent the box from separating from the post if the installation is struck by a vehicle. The product must result in a satisfactory attachment of the mailbox to the post, and all components must fit together properly.
   
  (L)           Any mailbox that is found to violate the intent of this chapter shall be removed by the postal patron upon notification by the City. At the discretion of the City, based on an assessment of hazard to the public, the patron will be granted not less than 24 hours or more than 15 days to remove an unacceptable mailbox. After the specified removal period has expired, the unacceptable mailbox will be removed by the City at the postal patron's expense. The City shall not be liable to the postal patron for damage done to the mailbox, its support, or the surrounding area, for having to remove the unacceptable mailbox. The cost of the removal of the unacceptable mailbox shall be $100.00.