EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The mounds of snow on the side of the roads in many towns in Connecticut aren’t only causing parking and driving issues, but proving problematic for some mailboxes.
“I want them to come out in the spring and fix my mailbox,” said Angelo Santomassimo of East Haven.
Santomassimo tells News 8 that earlier in the week a plow truck was clearing his road when the driver admitted to hitting his mailbox. The mailbox was thrown off its pole and was badly damaged. It’s now bent, being held together by a bungee cord.
“I was upset because, I mean, if you don’t have a mailbox you don’t get your mail,” said Santomassimo.
The town of East Haven revised its policy regarding mailbox claims last month. Town Attorney Joseph Zullo says officials will consider reimbursement if a plow is responsible for the damage.
“On the other hand if it’s the force of the snow damaging a mailbox we look a lot more closely at it,” said Zullo. “It’s hard to hold public works crews accountable when they are moving large amounts of snow.”
Zullo adds that Santomassimo has yet to file a claim for town officials to review for reimbursement. Santomassimo tells News 8 he filed a police report. While the issue may seem small in nature, there are residents in other towns across the state experiencing similar issues due to plows damaging their mailboxes. In some instances the towns are paying up, but in others they say it’s up to the homeowner. As for East Haven, it’s a case by case basis.
“I had a couple in here the other day where we paid a $19.11 claim,” said Zullo. “They followed the procedures, filed and paperwork and it was honored.”