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Borough of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[Adopted 5-1-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-04]
A. 
Purpose and policy. The purpose of Article VII is to set forth a procedure whereby residents may apply for and receive reimbursement for a mailbox and/or support thereof damaged by Borough vehicles or employees during snow and/or ice removal operations. Nothing in this article shall be construed to entitle any resident to reimbursement for damage caused by the weight or placement of thrown snow, nor shall this article be construed to entitle any resident to reimbursement prior to an investigation by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works that the claimed damage is eligible for reimbursement pursuant hereto.
B. 
Reimbursement. In the event that Borough vehicles and/or Borough employees, in the process of clearing snow and/or ice from a Borough-controlled road, destroy or damage any mailbox and/or the support therefor, the Borough shall pay no more than a total of $50 for the replacement of a mailbox and support combined, and not for each component. Unless it is determined by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works that the claimed damage is eligible for reimbursement pursuant to the requirements of this article, the Borough reserves the right not to make any repairs or payment or to make a payment at a lower amount.
C. 
Criteria for reimbursement. The reimbursement provision of this article shall only apply to those residents who satisfy the following criteria as shall be determined by the Borough's Superintendent of Public Works:
(1) 
The mailbox was securely fastened to a sturdy post that is sufficiently anchored in the ground to resist the impact of plowed snow.
(2) 
The mailbox was approved by the United States Postal Service.
(3) 
The front of the mailbox was set back a minimum of eight inches from the curbline or, if no curb, was set back a minimum of eight inches from the traveled portion of the roadway.
(4) 
The mailbox was located at least 40 inches above the roadway elevation.