Mailboxes take unintentional beating from plows
FARGO — Plow drivers make every effort to avoid hitting them, but with this year's winter conditions, mailboxes and street signs are going to take a serious beating from snowplows.
People whose mailboxes get hit or dinged by a Fargo city plow can report it to the city by calling or with the Fargo One smartphone app. Fargo Public Works Supervisor Corey Houim works with the homeowner to help repair or replace the mailbox — but not all public works departments offer the same treatment.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes told the Park Rapids Enterprise the law does not require city or state departments to fix or pay for the damaged mailbox. To see if your city offers mailbox repair, Houim recommends calling and checking with your city office.
In Fargo, the plow drivers have been busy carrying more than 1,000 truckloads of snow out of the streets each day. Houim said most of their workers haven't had a day off since Dec. 23 of last year, and are working mostly in 12-hour shifts.
"I'm losing track," Houim said with a hearty laugh. "Fargo public works is putting in a lot of hours. Guys are getting tired. We need a weekend off."
They may very well get the weekend off in just a few days. Houim said if the current weather forecast stands, plow drivers will be getting this Saturday and Sunday off. It's the first weekend they will have had since the new year.