Post condition determines who will pay for mailboxes

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Anyone who woke this week to find part or all of their mailbox on the ground has an important question to answer: Was the post intact, or had it been snapped in two?

If the post is broken, then it may have been hit by a snowplow. And in that case, homeowners in Greenwood, the Center Grove area or Franklin can ask the local government to replace their mailbox, Johnson County Highway Department director Luke Mastin, Greenwood deputy mayor Terry McLaughlin and Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness said.

But if the mailbox’s post is intact, then chances are it was knocked out by the snow. And even if that snow was pushed into the mailbox by a city or county plow, it’s the homeowner who will have to pay to replace it, Mastin and McLaughlin said.

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