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Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing the policy covering replacement and repair of mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow.
Mailboxes and posts damaged by snow and ice thrown from plow blades will not be repaired by the Engineer’s office. Boxes and posts damaged by contact from a plow blade or truck will be replaced by the Engineer’s office, using light-weight standard steel mailboxes and posts.
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is reminding residents living on county and township roadways not to leave snow plowed from private driveways on the roadway.
Ohio law prohibits the placement of injurious material or any obstruction on a highway except that which is placed on the roadway by a proper authority, such as salt or grit the county and townships use to treat icy roads.
If it is found that snow displaced from a private drive onto a roadway contributes to an accident, the individual who placed it there could be found liable.
Placing injurious materials or obstructing the roadway is a criminal offense, according to Sheriff Jeff Grey of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.
Any additional questions contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759.