Living in a rural subdivision of about 50 homes, outside our city limits, that is mostly all seasonal homes, thus very few mail boxes at the end of our driveways. (Ave of 1 Yr round Resident per street of 12 homes per street.)
The Mail carriers use their own personal vehicles.
Some use cars, other use a SUV. So the height can be a problem issue, for one or the other. Higher for the SUV and lower for the car.
But, the biggest problem: reg. vehicles hitting our mail boxes being too close to the Street and snow plows destroying them!
Mine is currently mounted on a post that is 36" from the edge of the street pavement, but, we have 6 ft of easement the township can plow over. (See the problem?)
This 6 Ft of easement is all gravel up to my lawn.
I want to move the mail box and Post to 60" (5 Ft) from the street where the gravel ends and just where my lawn begins.
The mail carrier would love it, she says! It would not only be easier, but safer for her as well as other vehicles could pass her vehicle easier and safer.
But the postmaster says I can't be any further than 38" from the beginning of the street pavement.
Why not at the edge of the easement to make it safer for your carriers?
But, I pointed out, that still would be on the townships easement and subject to be destroyed at least 2 to 3 times a winter season by their snow plow trucks! (As it has been the past 2 yrs) He said to take it (that problem) up with the township! I did and you can guess what they said.
So I figure to just add more pavement to the street in front of my yard (about 50 ft Long).
PS: And yes, you cannot put any fixed structure, like a fence, let alone big boulders on easement property. If you do and any damage is incurred by city, township, county or state vehicles, or even personal vehicles?
You are liable! (And confirmed by the Local Police.) But your homeowners Ins. ought to cover it! Minus your deductible. (Ask your insurance agent.)
So if you see people that have boulders or a fencing along the edge of their property to protect their grass? and its on The easement? and you want a new car? Go drive over them or into the fencing!
1st call up the PD in that town and confirm those boulders/fencing are illegal were they are, before doing so. Just tell them you swerved to avoid a head On collision onto the easement or you slid off the road slightly on a snowy day. Or if riding your bike? and want a new bike?
And some towns and counties have a 10 Ft easement before you can put anything on it! Other than Bushes. Check your local building code dept.
Of course, I didn't tell you this ;-0)