Friday, July 20, 2012

Brick column on Davis Road

This morning a resident on Davis Road called me about a brick column close to the roadway, one that could create a problem, should a driver's car begin to leave the paved portion of the road.

Just west of Dean Street on Davis Road (just south of Route 14), there is a column of bricks built as a receptacle for a mailbox for the house on the north side of the road. It won't win any awards from Architectural Digest, but it does a good job of protecting the mailbox from miscreants who drive around at night with baseball bats and try to hit mailboxes out of the park.

And it's in the right-of-way.

The Dorr Township Road District has apparently known about it for a year. Other mailboxes, on wooden or metal posts, are constructed at about the same distance from the edge of the road, but this one is a "post" of great impediment to a driver whose attention wanders.

The Road District may have determined that the brick column should be removed, but it hasn't been a high priority. Will it move up the list?


woodstockabdicate said...

When was the last time you heard of mailboxes getting hit by baseball bats anywhere in McHenry County? Anywhere else? Of course its in the right-of-way! The Postal Service has strict requirements for the placement of rural boxes! How else could it be reached from a car? Bet it doesn't get changed-at least not because of the Township or you.

MBlue said...

From what I understand, these brick mailbox columns are not very solid, they will stop a bat from smashing the mailbox, but they will collapse if a car or snow plow, etc. hits them. I could be wrong, but that is what I understood when I looked into building one myself several years ago.

John Lovaas said...

@woodstockabdicate- as a county resident for over 45 years, smashed mailboxes have been an annual football season/graduation season occurence for- oh, 45 years.

Unless you are visually impaired or homebound, I don't see how you can make that statement.

As to the legality of the brick mailbbox? A journalist would cite USPS and county regulations, and demonstrate how the mailbox fails to meet regulations.

An effective busybody would be able to identify at least 3 almost identical mailbox structures within city limits. I walk by two of them almost every day.

Gus said...

The mailbox pictured with this article has been removed.