- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - If you’re maintaining a city budget in Illinois you better keep some money on hand to pay for mailboxes. Lots of them.

Mailboxes that sit along the side of streets are frequent casualties of winter snow-plowing.

Champaign city officials tell The News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1aYPH5y ) that over the past three winters at least 232 people have complained that snowplows have damaged their mailboxes.

The repairs and replacements cost a combined $6,582. That doesn’t include the labor.

City public works spokesman Kris Koester says mailboxes are seldom struck by the plow itself. Typically it’s the snow and ice that a plow pushes into a mailbox.

But Koester asks for patience in getting them fixed. That’s because the repairs are typically done by the same people driving the plows.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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