The Gogebic County Road Commission will hold its regular board meeting on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at its offices in the Courthouse Annex, Bessemer, MI.
ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!
Through the leadership of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region and the Gogebic Range Broadband Committee, our community is participating in Connect Michigan’s “Connected Community” program. This project will assess the current status of broadband access, adoption, and use in our area so we can develop a Broadband Technology Action Plan to improve the quality of life and economic potential across Gogebic County and the region.
The Gogebic County Road Commission (GCRC) encourages residents to shake their mailboxes this month before winter takes hold and snow plows hit the roads. GCRC asks County residents to prepare by shaking their mailboxes this month. “A mailbox is the only object allowed by law that homeowners can place in the road right-of-way. The location and construction of mailboxes must conform to the rules and regulations of the United States Postal Service and nationwide standards established by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials,” said GCRC Manager, Barry Bolich.
The road right-of-way is typically 66 feet wide, or 33 feet each direction from the centerline of the road. The right-of-way is maintained by county road agencies and is used for residential and public utility purposes.
Over the years, a mailbox post can rot or become wobbly. By grabbing and shaking it, a resident can know if it’s secure. Snow coming off a plow going 35 miles per hour has surprising force that can topple a wobbly mailbox. And digging a mailbox out and reinstalling it in frozen ground is no picnic. “Our No. 1 job is to maintain a safe and efficient road and right-of-way system,” Bolich said. “It is a resident’s responsibility to ensure his or her mailbox is secure.”
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and GCRC have policies in place regarding replacement of mailboxes that have been hit by a snowplow. However, road agencies are not responsible for mailbox damage caused by standard snow removal operations. Residents should prepare mailboxes for winter by tightening screws and ensuring the post and box are secure enough to endure large amounts of snow that is thrown. If the mailbox moves when shaken, the box may need to be repaired or replaced before winter. “We will be out in coming weeks preparing for winter maintenance operations,” Bolich said. “Each fall we find mailboxes that pose a serious roadside hazard to motorists and a liability risk for homeowners. Damage to posts and receptacles can often be prevented by proper routine maintenance.”
If you have questions on what is permitted, please contact our office at (906) 667-0233.
Starting February 13, 2019, Michigan’s Move Over law expanded to require drivers to slow down and move over when passing emergency, maintenance, and utility vehicles on the road.
Drivers now have to slow down to 10 mph below the posted speed limit as well as yield their lane, if possible, when passing police or emergency vehicles, roadside tow trucks, garbage trucks, maintenance, and utility vehicles that have amber lights flashing. Failure to do so could result in a civil offense subject to a $400 fine.