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Advertisement for Bids - PWF Renovation

posted Apr 15, 2019, 7:38 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 7:43 AM ]

Town of Ithaca

Bid Announcement

Renovations to Public Works Facility Administration


Project Description: 2,040 sf renovation of the existing building and construction of a 1,400 sf new addition for enlarged administrative office space, breakroom and other Work as indicated.

Multiple Contract Project consisting of the following prime contracts:


a.       General Building Construction.

b.           Plumbing Construction.

c.             Mechanical Construction.

d.             Electrical Construction.


Sealed lump sum bids are due by 1:00 p.m., local time on May 3, 2019 at Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.


Bid documents are available on a flash drive from the Town Clerk at the above address or email townclerk@town.ithaca.ny.us with your full mailing address and outside delivery service and account information if you prefer that over United States Postal Service.


Documents can be viewed at: Public Works Facility, 106 Seven Mile Drive; Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street and HOLT Architects, P.C., 619 West State Street, Ithaca.

The New York State Department of Labor has issued a Prevailing Wage Schedule (PRC#2019003681 for this Project.


Prebid Meeting: A Prebid meeting for all bidders will be held at Project Site on April 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., local time. Prospective prime bidders are requested to attend.


Paulette Rosa

Town Clerk




Spring 2019 Brush & Leaf Pickup - Beginning Monday, April 22nd

posted Feb 25, 2019, 10:31 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 10:34 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up yard waste (brush, leaves, pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, and grass clippings) starting Monday, April 22nd, and will and continue throughout the Town that week until finished. All yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the first day of collection.


The intention of the Town’s roadside collection service is for Town residents outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca to put a reasonable amount  of yard waste (as is generated during a normal year) out at the roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.  Clearing of building lots and hedgerows is beyond a normal amount of material. Roadside collection crews reserve the right to not pick up excessively large volumes of brush and improperly piled materials.

Our crews do not use leaf vacuum machines for spring leaf pick up; no loose piles will be picked up.  Also, no plastic bags will be picked up.

Brush you collect before the first day of the pickup needs to remain out of the rights-of-way until a couple of days before the pick up; this will assure your safety and that of your neighbors. Errant brush piles can wreak havoc on the storm water systems and can create a hazard for walkers and cyclists.

You may also drop your yard waste off at the Public Works Facility, 106 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. year round.  Please first sign in at the office.


  •  Bag leaves, garden and other yard waste in biodegradable paper bags. Fill bags and place on road shoulder.  Fold over openings of bags to close –        do not staple or tape. 30-gallon bags are available at Agway, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, and Wegman’s along with other stores in the area.
  • Brush should be placed in neat piles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks can feed the cut ends first. 


IT Project Intern Position

posted Feb 20, 2019, 7:11 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 11:40 AM ]

Description:  The Town of Ithaca IT Department is looking to hire an intern for full-time employment for the summer of 2019.      The position will involve assisting the IT manager in a variety of projects, as well as fielding daily help desk requests from Town staff.  Projects may include setup and installation of new Windows 10 desktops, Android and Apple mobile devices, refurbishing of old Window devices, Office 365 rollout.

Requirements:  Course work in computer support specialist, computer information systems, computer science or other, or other related fields. 

Pay is $15.30/hour. 

Application deadline: April 19, 2019.   

Please submit a County application at


If you are having difficulty filling the application or if you do not have access to the internet, please contact Tompkins County Personnel at (607) 274-5526 regarding other ways to file an application.

The Town of Ithaca encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Questions about the position should be directed to: Lisa Carrier-Titti, IT Manager Town of Ithaca


posted Feb 5, 2019, 7:40 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca is conducting a study to improve pedestrian accessibility along Trumansburg Road/Route 96 within a 1.3 mile study corridor stretching from City of Ithaca (Cliff Street) northerly past Cayuga Medical Center to Hayts Road. More info...

Ash Trees in Ithaca

posted Sep 20, 2018, 7:06 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

Ash trees grow fast and well in Ithaca. But they can die quickly, too, especially now that the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle is here.  EAB has killed millions of trees in North America since its invasion began in the late 1990s. If you have ash trees on your property, it's time now to plan a defense against this lethal pest.

Ash can grow to a large tall oval shape in an open field, with buds, leaves and branches opposite from each other; their bark ridges show diamond shapes once they're old enough, their fat brown buds sprout compound leaves, with 5-11 leaflets arranged in a line, one leaflet at the end. Their seeds grow in clusters of single thin paddle-shaped wings.

When EAB attack ash, their small (3/4-inch) metallic green adults lay eggs that grow into bark-burrowing larvae that chew S-shaped tunnels under the bark. The bark splits and can be peeled off to reveal these sideways-wandering tunnels as the tree dies. When the larvae mature they chew out of the bark leaving 1/8-inch D-shaped exit holes in a dying tree that will have plenty of thin, dead, leafless branches on it. One of the best ways to identify EAB-infested trees is in the winter to look for the light patches on the trunk that have been pecked away by woodpeckers.

Once a tree is severely infested, it will sprout leaves directly from its trunk, and become a dangerous source of falling limbs.  Such dead or nearly dead ash trees are hard to cut down, as the wood becomes brittle and apt to fall in winds or when arborists attempt to remove it. Proactive treatment with a pesticide is cheaper than tree removal, but the treatment needs to be reapplied every two-three years. Many homeowners opt to have their trees cut down by certified arborists, which presents a permanent option for addressing the inevitable hazard.

Please make sure you plan ahead, before your ashes become hazardous!  Applying an insecticide can keep EAB out of your tree. If they've just started to attack, it may not be too late. Please, don't travel anywhere with ash firewood, as the grubs travel much faster that way than the adult EABs can fly.

To learn more about identifying EAB, see this MSU EAB fact sheet at http://www.emeraldashborer.info/documents/E-2938.pdf 

A bulletin on EAB pesticide options may help you keep an ash you love, check: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/files/multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Virginia Tech has a good EAB iBook, and an online course you can take that was funded by the USDA Forest Service; go to www.hort.vt.edu/eab 

From the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board, September 2018

Residential Rental Regulations

posted Jun 5, 2018, 6:36 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 6:29 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca approved legislation that will affect owners of residential rental properties by expanding the town’s current operating permit program to include rented single family homes, accessory dwellings (apartments), and duplexes. READ MORE...

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