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Brick or Stone/Large Fixed-Object MailboxesAs the result of two fatalities that occurred in 2017 when a vehicle left the roadway and struck a large brick mailbox, the City of Roswell is informing residents that City Policy (Code 18.2.1, Section D: "Obstruction of Street or Right-of-Way") prohibits large fixed-object mailboxes.
These large mailboxes being referenced are typically made from brick or stone and likely would not break away if struck by a vehicle. To help improve public safety, the City of Roswell is currently offering homeowners the option to have the City remove and dispose of your brick or stone mailbox at no cost (for free). This is a voluntary program for our homeowners. The homeowner would only be responsible for purchasing and installing a new post mailbox that meets United States Postal Service guidelines.
If you as a Roswell homeowner would like to schedule a time to get your brick or stone mailbox removed for free by the City, please contact the City of Roswell Department of Transportation (RDOT) at 770-594-6420.
ApplicationThe application form that must be signed by the homeowner and submitted to RDOT is available below. Before scheduling, RDOT suggests you have your new mailbox purchased so you can install it to avoid any disruption in home mail delivery.
Will the City relocate brick mailboxes to another location?The City of Roswell will not relocate mailboxes to another location on or off city-owned right-of-way. City staff cannot make other improvements to private property to reinstall these structures. The City also cannot guarantee moving the mailbox structure without damaging them, so to avoid incurring any further cost or damages, the City is only removing them.
How long will the City offer this program?The City of Roswell will continue to offer this program to remove large, fixed-object mailboxes and improve safety. However, the City’s elected officials have the option to modify this program or policy at any time.
Why is the City of Roswell policy in place?Public Safety. In late 2016, two separate harmful events occurred within the City of Roswell, in which vehicles left the roadway and struck large brick mailboxes. One of these incidents resulted in two fatalities. Generally, the roadway corridor right-of-way is kept clear of large fixed objects (trees, fences, monuments, etc.); however, mailboxes are an exception to allow for mail service. The City policy follows Federal guidelines (set by the United States Postal Service and the Federal Highway Administration) and has prohibited large, fixed-object mailboxes, as they may not break away if struck by a vehicle and could be a contributing factor in an incident or harmful event.
Can I be found liable (or sued) if I do not remove my mailbox?Anybody can sue anyone. However, not adhering to the offer made in the letter (mailed to some affected residents in Spring 2017) alone would not be a legal basis for damages. The program is intended to improve public safety and reduce risk on our roadways.
Will the City fine a homeowner if they do not remove their brick or stone mailbox?The City currently does not have a plan in place to fine or issue citations if a large brick or stone-like mailbox remains in place. This approach may be revisited in the future, but no plan currently exists. This 2017 program is good-faith effort to allow citizens to become more informed and offer a low-cost solution to have their large, fixed-object mailboxes replaced.
Do I have to remove my brick or stone mailbox?
The City is making citizens aware of the City policy and is offering a FREE program to dismantle and haul off a mailbox at no charge if the homeowner would like it removed. This may be revisited in the future, but the program is currently VOLUNTARY, and the City of Roswell encourages citizens who are affected by this to participate.