What Happens In Bismarck If The City Knocks Down Your Mailbox?
This has never happened to me personally in Bismarck but it has happened to me twice at my lake cabin. A snow plow over the course of the winter knocks down your mailbox.
Come to think of it, it did happen to me back when I lived in Grand Forks a while back. I remember I called the city and it was a pretty big hassle before they did anything to fix it. I actually had a pretty expensive mailbox. I mailbox that I special ordered with a pair of beautiful Wood Ducks on it.
I'm pretty sure I spent over $100 bucks for it. Then by the time you purchase the concrete and mailbox wood post, you have close to $200 bucks into the deal.
Well, the city of Grand Forks put me through a pretty long line of questioning before they even admitted to any wrongdoing. If I remember correctly, I had to provide receipts for all the items before they would repair anything. I finally said screw it and just took care of it myself.
With the heavy snow we have already received in Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln it got me thinking about what the city of Bismarck would do in the same situation. After all, we've already had over 50 inches of snow and we have a lot of winter left. My mailbox already has snow up to the top of it, and the drifts are only getting bigger every time the plow comes by.
So, I decided to give the Public Works Department in Bismarck a call and find out what does the city do in these instances. The lady I spoke to was very friendly, and I was somewhat surprised by her answer.
If one of the Bismarck city plows knocks down your mailbox, you simply give the Public Works a call and they will send somebody out to investigate. They will then pay for the replacement mailbox, post, and concrete. They will also install your new mailbox.
That simple. Bravo city of Bismarck. I mean, after all, accidents happen, especially with all this snow and no doubt more on the way.
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