We now offer custom made mailbox columns.
Flexible Concrete Solutions
Knoxville, TN
865.253.5618
www.FlexibleConcreteSolutions.com
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Our columns are not only beautiful, but durable and much lighter than real stone columns. A variety of colors, shapes and patterns
are available. They are easy to install by digging a hole in the ground and sinking the attached footing approximately 16" below
grade, then covering it with dirt. Also, unlike traditional stone columns, our columns are designed to break upon impact with a
vehicle. Add-ons are also available, such as solar powered lamps and attached planter boxes. We do not attach flags to our
columns, but will supply you with a flag that you can attach, if requested.

Our columns are not only cost effective when compared to a site-built CMU and Stone mailboxes, they are also safe and time
efficient.  You no longer need to have a crew working for over a week and making a mess at the end of your driveway.  We custom
make these in our shop and are ready for you to pick up or have delivered to your home.  You simply have to dig a hole and drop
it in the ground, so that the bottom of the box is 41" to 45" above the road surface.

According to page 7 of the
City of Knoxville's Land Development Manual, "...Brick or masonry mailboxes are not allowed
within public right-of-way; only wooden posts or 'breakaway' designs may be used for mailboxes within public right-of-
way.  Brick mailboxes are a safety hazard if located within 10 feel of the street pavement
."

The following article was taken from the Atlanta Business Chronicle on November 2, 1998.


    Atlanta Business Chronicle - by Gary Sumner
    Date: Monday, November 2, 1998, 12:00am EST

    It's hard to believe that something as simple as a mailbox could ruffle so many feathers among homeowners and area officials. But when one
    county decided to put some teeth into an ordinance that bans brick and stone structures enclosing mailboxes, it set off a flurry of activity.

    Officials contend that the popular brick mailboxes are not harmless decorations. The mailboxes and other formidable structures, such as
    masonry columns, rail ties and concrete-filled barrels used to support mailboxes are traffic hazards that can stop an out-of-control vehicle
    with lethal results, according to some officials.

    The subject made news in Fayette County a few years ago, when a car that a teenage boy and girl were riding in ran into a brick mailbox. The
    girl was killed in the traffic accident.

    Action involving the mailboxes has taken place south of Atlanta, in Fayette, Henry and Butts counties. Although brick mailboxes are common
    throughout metro Atlanta, subdivision developers and builders aren't concerned about possible regulations.

    "I never thought of a mailbox as anything but a device to send and receive mail," said Baron Houser, vice president of advertising for Torrey
    Homes, one of Atlanta's largest home builders. "We'd rather put the value into the house."

    Brick mailboxes in metro Atlanta probably won't be outlawed in subdivisions because of the low speed limits set in those neighborhoods.

    `It's never been enforced'.  The mailbox tumult started in Fayette County in the spring, when a homeowner who was having a brick-enclosed
    mailbox constructed in front of his house met with the long arm of the law. A county marshal, who had received a complaint about the mailbox,
    ordered the homeowner to stop construction.

    "We've had an ordinance since 1993 saying that concrete posts, brick bases, iron pipes and similar items cannot be used for mailbox support,"
    said Kathy Zeitler, county zoning administrator. "But it's never been enforced. The marshal stopped the homeowner in mid-construction only
    because a neighbor had complained. The homeowner said he wanted the ordinance changed to either allow him to have a brick mailbox or to
    make everyone else take theirs down."

    When new homes are built, the county issues a certificate of occupancy that states the house is up to code and the owners can move in. Fayette
    County traditionally has issued certificates of occupancy to homeowners as soon as the houses are built, but before mailboxes are constructed.

    Low speed limits.  In July, following the conflict between the marshal and the homeowner, the county planning commission voted to change the
    ordinance. The commission recommended that the law require that a mailbox be built, and be in compliance, before the county issues a
    certificate of occupancy. But the Fayette County Board of Commissioners overruled the planning commission.

    "The commissioners want to look at certain areas, like streets within a subdivision where the speed limit is really low," Zeitler said. "And maybe
    they will allow the [brick] mailboxes there. But on any through streets where the speed limit is higher, they would be prohibited."

    The board is expected to review the issue in November.

    Nearby Butts County is sending letters to residents informing them that mailboxes must be in compliance with county regulations. And,
    neighboring Henry County passed an ordinance in June prohibiting the construction of brick and similar types of mailboxes on county rights of
    way where the speed limit is above 25 mph.

    "That leaves most subdivisions alone because most of their streets have 25 mph limits or less," said Jim O'Neal, director of the Henry County
    Department of Transportation.

    Safer roads
    O'Neal said the action was taken because of events in Fayette and because of recent "questions and comments" by the Georgia Department of
    Transportation (DOT). The DOT has authority only over state roads, but issues guidelines that county and city governments often adopt.

    "There's no question there are mailboxes that can be a hazard, and, particularly, in what we call the `clear zone' on the roadside," said Walker
    Scott, director of pre-construction for the DOT. "We strive to remove hazards to give a driver and occupants as much chance [as possible] to
    recover and gain control of their vehicle safely and get back on the road should they err. Of course in a cul-de-sac or a subdivision where the
    speed limit is 10 or 15 miles an hour, if a vehicle hit one of these mailboxes, there would probably be vehicle damage only and no personal
    injury."

    Tom Page, vice president of development for Arvida Homes, which has subdivisions in four metro counties, agreed that massive mailboxes can
    be dangerous in some locations.

    "Traditionally we've used wooden posts for mailboxes," he said. "We've never allowed stone or brick mailboxes. We'll create a standard design
    for all the mailboxes in a community. It's much easier to do that with wood or metal than with a stone or brick mailbox. Also it's much more
    expensive to build a brick or stone mailbox than wood or metal." "
Model Shown Below:
Random Stone - Golden Brown
Approx. Width:  1'-10 x 1'-10
Approx. Overall Height:  74" (before installation)

$ 949.00   (tax, delivery and installation not included)
$   92.53  (tax)

$1,041.53  (Free delivery within Knoxville City Limits)  
Installation not included.