New $300 Mailbox Requirement Delivers Mixed Reviews

A recent decision by The Shires Homeowners Association to require residents purchase $300 mailboxes creates tension for some.

In May the Westchase Community Association Voting Members approved new mailboxes for The Shires neighborhood. With taxes, the mailboxes cost about $300 each. The new mailboxes must be purchased by Sept. 30. Residents who fail to comply could be charged $1,000.

On The Shires Facebook Community Page the new mailbox requirement has been met with agreement from many in the community.

"I've waited 9 years for a nice mailbox. I can wait another month!!!!" wrote Linda Coudriet Landsman on The Shires Facebook page.

But everyone isn't so excited about the new mailboxes, and fear the requirement could trickle into other Westchase communities.

Dana Felice, whose mother lives in The Shires, says she was recently asked - and refused to sign - a petition to add $300 mailboxes to Bennington, where she lives.

"It's amazing that during these times, with the economic climate the way it is people would be asked to make such an expensive purchase," Felice said.

Westchase Community Association Voting Member Patrick Knight, who has since moved, sparked the new mailbox measure earlier this year. The more than 20-member board, comprised of representatives from all the Westchase neighborhoods, had to approve the issue before it could be mandated.

As a part of the process, the neighborhood was surveyed. Out of 235 homes in The Shires, 126 voted "Yes", while 41 voted "No," according to survey results published on The Shires' Facebook page.

Of the WCA Voting Members, 22 attending members votied in favor of the new mailbox.

So what do you think? Should residents be required to purchase a $300 mailbox? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Robert Sands July 24, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Ours are "modular" as well. That cost was for the box only, which look exactly like the one pictured. Our mailboxes are a coppery/pewter color, and nothing I could find was close enough to paint it myself. As to the HOA, the rules get interpreted however suits the current group in power. Trying to fight an HOA is like nailing jello to a wall. There is a point where the $300 excess is better spent then the time needed to argue the point.
BlueSky July 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
A comment was made that one of the people collecting votes was able to "convince" residents to vote in favor. I'll leave it at that.
BlueSky July 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Neighbor, keep in mind that the cost to replace any one piece will be more than initial cost since it will ordered by one resident, not the whole neighborhood at once, allowing for a bulk discount.
Robert Sands July 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM
If it is the one in the picture, mine was actually closer to $350, and if you want them to install it, the price goes up.
The Neighbor July 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
BlueSky, I thought that what you said may be correct, but since I did not know I wanted to have accurate information BEFORE I spoke, so I called Creative Mailboxes and spoke with Keith to see if what you said about a single piece costing more than the initial cost of the entire mailbox was true... Here is how it shakes out in price... If an overzealous lawn mower hit the base/boot and you had to replace just that 1 piece then that would cost between $45 and $75 (depending on the neighborhood / design)... I also asked about mailbox baseball and he did say that replacing the actual box is expensive at about $150, but if you hit that, more than likely you would hurt yourself before it broke, but if someone tried (and managed not to hurt themselves first) they may actually break the brackets instead of the actual box... those brackets cost between $50 and $75 depending on the style/neighborhood. The prices I mentioned are for 1 off purchases and not volume pricing.


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