Snow plow takes out 50-75 mailboxes in New Jersey town

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 17, 2017 at 10:12 AM

March 17 (UPI) -- Officials in a New Jersey town are apologizing and offering to pay for the 50 to 75 mailboxes taken out by a snowplow earlier in the week.

Video recorded Tuesday morning shows the snow plow clearing roads in Manalapan and downing mailboxes in the process.

"My neighbor called me and said your mailbox is down. I looked at the camera and couldn't believe what I saw," Andrew Hartung, whose home security camera recorded the felling of his mailbox, told WABC-TV.

Other residents who witnessed their mailboxes being damaged either in person or on video said the plow did not stop.

"Well they just came through and just hit it with the plow, they just kept going. At least they got the snow off the road," Manalapan resident Stephen Henin said.

Hartung said he complained to local officials.

"On Wednesday I called the Township and finally the public works department gets back to me, saw the video and pretty much admitted it was their fault," Hartung told Patch. "There were 10 other mailboxes taken out just in my development alone. The town overall said 50 to 75 mailboxes total. That's insane."

Department of Public Works Director Alan Spector confirmed 50-75 mailboxes were knocked over due to the difficulty in removing the combination of snow, ice and sleet from the road.

"Unfortunately, when you're plowing something that heavy, regardless of your speed, it's going to knock stuff over," Spector told NJ1015.com

"The best way I can describe it is was like plowing wet cement and like a wave on the beach, what it hit it knocks over," Spector told WABC-TV. "Most of these mailboxes were the simple mailboxes that have the 4 by 4 posts in the ground."

The town is offering to pay for some of the damage to residents' mailboxes.

"We have a township policy that's capped at $50 per occurrence," Spector said.

Deputy Mayor Jack McNaboe said the town is also offering some hands-on help for mailboxes that weren't severely damaged.

"We do feel bad for the people, we're even going a little further this time, our crews were out fixing them, simple fixes," McNaboe said.

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