Town of Hume Highway Department
Kevin D. Peet
Mailboxes on Highway Rights of Way Which are Displaced by Highway Plows in the Course of Snow Removal
There is no statutory or legal authority that grants a property owner or resident along a public highway any right to place a mailbox in a highway right of way. The owner may have an informal license, but this does not endow the owner of the mailbox with any legal rights in the highway when needed for highway purposes.
The Highway Superintendent and the State have a duty to keep the highway available for the public use. Snow removal and snow storage are an incident of that use.
“…the highway(s) of the state are made for and devoted to public travel, and the whole public have the right to their use in their entirety and when obstructions to public travel are found within their bounds, the Commissioners of highway are clothed with power to remove them without waiting for the slow process of Law, even though travel be not absolutely and entirely prevented,” (Emphasis Supplied) Van WYCK V.Lent.33
When the necessity of keeping the highway open conflicts with the individual’s receipt of the mail, the latter must stand aside. The owner might even be compelled to remove the box under highway Law #319.
The owner has no right to interfere with the speedy and efficient removal of snow by placing the mailbox in such a position as to cause this result, and on liability results on the part of the public official charged with the duty of snow removal if such a box is so placed that it may be injured by proper highway maintenance. (Informal opinion, Attorney General 2/28/66)
If you have questions, call Highway Superintendent Kevin D. Peet at 585-567-2535.
Local Law #1- 1998, Article 6, Section 1B states:
Parking is prohibited on all town and county highways between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 AM from November 1st of each year through April 1st of the following year.
Legal Notice Town of Hume
Notice is hereby given that by order of the Town Board of the Town of Hume, subject to Local Law No. 1 of 2007, vehicles, other than school buses, having a total weight in excess of eight (8) tons, except where otherwise noted, per axle are temporarily prohibited from using all town owned roads in the Town of Hume, NY.
Above photos: Consturction of concrete bridge in Mills Mills over Wiscoy Creek, Bird's eye view looking east from Prospect Street, Completion of Bridge in Mills Mills over Wiscoy Creek.