Police Jury has mail box problems

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury is having a problem with people putting their trash can too close to their mailbox.

A couple times a year, when the parish garbage truck picks up resident’s trash cans with mechanical arms, the truck has accidently hit and knocked down mail boxes. One of the mail boxes was made of brick.

The debate the Police Jury is looking at is who is at fault when a parish garbage truck knocks down a brick mail box. Is the jury or the homeowner at fault?

Paul Moresi, the jury’s attorney, read to the Police Jury at a recent meeting what the subdivision ordinance is when it comes to building mail box.

The ordinance states that a mailbox is “discouraged” from being installed on the parish’s road right-at-way, which is about three feet off the road.

The ordinance also states that if the mailbox is installed on the right-a-way, the Police Jury is not responsible for anything that happens to the mailbox.

The Police Jury also requested Moresi to look into possibly creating an ordinance that deals with mailboxes that are not in subdivisions and are constructed on the parish right-at-ways.

Without an ordinance, the Police Jury may be responsible for the mailbox if a police jury garbage truck damages a mailbox made of brick or wood.

The Police Jury will decide at a future meeting if an ordinance needs to be created or whether the Police Jury will look at each damaged mail box on a “case by case” situation.

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