Any type of mailbox located in the city right-of-way is subject to damage or destruction at any time, as a result of traffic or the city snow removal or maintenance of its utilities located in the right-of-way. City maintenance may include snow removal, pavement repairs or street cleaning. The city shall not assume any liability for damaged mailboxes of any type constructed within the right-of-way. If a curbside or cluster-style mailbox located in the city right-of-way is damaged during these activities, the city or the utility that damaged the mailbox shall replace the mailbox with a mailbox of the same design, if it has been approved for installation by the USPS with the proper markings inscribed “U.S. Mail” and “Approved by the Postmaster General” and if it is still available for purchase and complies with the standards for newly constructed mailboxes outlined in this subchapter. The city shall only purchase supplies to repair the curbside mailbox up to the reimbursable limit as set by the City Council. Other mailboxes damaged will be replaced with a standard breakaway post and standard curbside mailbox. The property owner may choose to be reimbursed in full or have the city reinstall a new mailbox meeting stated requirements. If the property owner chooses to purchase an approved mailbox and be reimbursed, the city will install the mailbox at the property owner’s request. Any reimbursement shall not exceed the maximum set by the City Council. The maximum amount shall be set in the City of Urbandale Snow and Ice Control Operations Manual and shall apply to damage from all activities and not limited to snow and ice control.
(Ord. 2009-01, passed 3-24-2009)