Mailboxes installed along roadways are at the risk of the owner. Damage to mailboxes due to lack of owner maintenance, heavy snow from plowing, or vandalism is not the responsibility of the city. Postal regulations require residents to clear snow from in front of mailboxes to allow for mail delivery. Snowplow operators make every effort to remove windrowed snow as close as possible to mailboxes. However, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions and minimize damage to mailboxes with the size and type of snow removal equipment the city uses. The city will replace mailboxes that are damaged, broken, or knocked down only if there was a direct hit by a city plow or city vehicle, provided the mailbox was installed to United States Postal Service standards.