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posted Oct 4, 2019, 9:08 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 9:32 AM ]

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Forest Home Road Closure Between Judd Falls Rd and McIntyre Pl

posted Oct 1, 2019, 8:01 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 8:01 AM ]

Beginning 9/30/19 though approximately 10/14/19, Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Rd and McIntyre Pl will be closed ALL DAY for Guiderail Replacement and Road/Should Work.  No emergency vehicle access.  Please use alternate routes. 

City and Town of Ithaca Release Ithaca Energy Code Supplement Draft

posted Sep 9, 2019, 12:22 PM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Sep 19, 2019, 11:05 AM ]

The draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (aka the Green Building Policy) is open for public comment.
The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca hosted two public meetings to share information
and solicit comments.

The City and the Town have been working on a Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. In May 2018
the City Common Council and the Town Board adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations
for code requirements that would substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while
emphasizing and supporting affordability.

Since then, a working group made up of City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca elected officials, senior
staff, and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem
Engineering, have worked to add the necessary details to the GBP report recommendations.

The product is the current draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement. This is meant to be an
easy‐to‐ understand document that includes the content that will be in the final Energy Code
Supplement, but is formatted for ease of discussion and editing.

The Code will require all new buildings to be constructed to produce 40% fewer GHG emissions than
New York State code requires and will ramp down to require net‐zero new construction by 2030.

The August 8, 2019 draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is now being circulated for public comment.
Two public meetings were held where Sustainability Coordinator Nick Goldsmith joined by
members of the working group and consultant team to present a summary of the legislation and to
field questions and comments from community members.

Staff and consultants will incorporate public feedback and work with City and Town committees and
departments to more formally codify the Code Supplement before bringing it back to the Planning and
Economic Development Committee of Common Council and the Town of Ithaca Town Board in the coming months to consider adoption. In its June 5, 2019 resolution to adopt a Green New Deal, the City of  Ithaca endorsed adoption of the Green Building Policy in 2019 as one of the actions necessary to  reach the goal of achieving carbon‐neutrality city‐wide by 2030.

You may download the draft Ithaca Energy Code Supplement and find additional information at
You may submit comments about the draft code supplement , by emailing Nick Goldsmith , or by mailing comments to the City of Ithaca Planning Department at 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Comments are requested by September 30, 2019.

Fall NewsLetter

posted Sep 6, 2019, 10:41 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 12:21 PM ]

Brush and Leaf Pickup Dates and other Town News

2019 Brush & Leaf Pickup

posted Aug 29, 2019, 4:30 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 4:35 AM ]


The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up brush, limbs and branches beginning 7:00AM on Monday, October 21, 2019 and continuing throughout the Town until finished.   Please do not put brush out at roadside until the week before collection.  This service is for all areas of the Town of Ithaca outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca.  THERE WILL BE NO SECOND COLLECTION AND NO CALL BACKS.  

The intention of the Town’s roadside collection service is for residents to put a reasonable amount of brush (as is generated during a normal year) out at roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.  Clearing of building lots and hedgerows is beyond a normal amount of material. Please remember that you may drop your own yard waste off at the Public Works Facility at 114 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. year round.  Please sign in at the office.


  • Brush should be piled in neat bundles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks can feed the cut ends first.

  • Limb diameter must be 8 inches or less (note:  it is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces).
  • Do not tie bundles.
  • Place along road shoulder or at end of the driveway if no shoulder exits.
  • Do not place any materials in a ditch.
  • No metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps will be picked up.
  • Brush piles should be no larger than a pickup load (approximately 2 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet in size).
  • Roadside collection crews reserve the right to not pick up excessively large volumes of brush and improperly piled materials.

Please note:  Out of respect for pedestrians and cyclists and for storm water run off, 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 wreck havoc on the storm water systems and can create a hazard for walkers and cyclists.


Leaf collection will start at 7:00AM on Monday, November 4, 2019 and will continue throughout the week until finished. Leaves should be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the first day of collection.  Leaves may be raked to the shoulder of the road or bagged in biodegradable paper leaf bags (30 gallon bags are available at many stores in the area).  Other debris such as pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, grass clippings, etc., cannot be vacuumed and should be placed in bags.  Please fill bags and place on road shoulder, folding over openings of bags to close—do not staple or tape.  No plastic bags will be picked up.  

The Town’s crews will go around the entire Town once with the leaf vacuum.  For the rest of the month of November, the crews will begin picking up paper-bagged leaves each Monday, which could extend through early week to encompass the entire Town.

(Please note that we may send out leaf crews earlier than November 4th to test our equipment and to pick up paper bagged leaves before they get wet.)

For questions, please call 273-1656 between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday or e-mail us at publicworks@town.ithaca.ny.us.

Forest Home Walkway Improvement Concepts

posted Aug 28, 2019, 7:29 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 7:34 AM ]

Three concepts have been prepared for improvements to the walkway. Town staff are looking for input/comments on the potential solution. Public comments will be received until September 13, 2019 and they can be submitted to; townclerk@town.ithaca.ny.us

Bundy Road - Notice of Upcoming Closure of Intersection at Trumansburg Rd.

posted Jul 18, 2019, 5:40 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 7, 2019, 11:11 AM ]

Beginning October 7, 2019, the intersection of Bundy Rd and Trumansburg Rd will be closed for reconstruction related activities.  Detour signs will be placed and traffic patterns shifted based on construction activities.  Estimated duration is 2 months.  Emergency vehicle access only.

David O'Shea, Civil Engineer
607-273-1656 ext 257

2019 Bolton Point Water Quality Report

posted May 30, 2019, 9:28 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Jun 17, 2019, 8:08 AM ]

Below is the 2019 Bolton Point Water Report
Questions should be directed to: Glenn Ratajczak, Production Manager

607.277.0660 x241 or gratajczak@boltonpoint.org

Ash Trees in Ithaca

posted Sep 20, 2018, 7:06 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ 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 Town of Ithaca   [ 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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