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COVID-19 Update of Impacts to Services

posted Mar 31, 2020, 8:08 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 9:06 AM ]


COVID-19 Update of Impacts #3 – March 31, 2020

Town of Ithaca Facilities continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

The Governor has also issued an Executive Order that affects building and construction.

Below is information from Town Departments.


Applications, Permits and Inspections – Severe Limitations Enacted

Based on Governor Cuomo’s Executive order 202.6

The Town of Ithaca will no longer be issuing permits or conducting inspections for projects unless it meets one of the following categories as defined and listed in the Executive Order 202.6 and the Empire State Development Guidance for Construction Activities:

  1. The project is determined to be essential, such as, but not limited to: roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters
  2. The project is determined to be emergency construction (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  3. A project where only a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker, is on a job site.

All applications can still be submitted for review, but a permit will not be issued unless it is determined to fall into one of the categories described above.

If you feel your application meets one of the categories, please CLEARLY mark that on your application.

All other procedures and processes from the earlier Applications, Permits and Inspection Update are in force for those projects determined to be essential.  (See Website for Full Process)


Parks / Trails / Playground safety during COVID-19

The Town of Ithaca asks its residents to practice responsible recreation during this time period with the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. It is the goal of the Town to practice safe social distancing within the CDC guidelines by staying 6 feet away from others, washing your hands, staying home if you have any symptoms, and avoiding close contact. We ask our residents to avoid using playground equipment due to these safety guidelines.

While using Town trails and walkways, we ask our residents to also use these social distancing practices while respecting the space of other users. While we encourage residents to get out and use our trail system during this time, it will only work if we use an abundance of caution so as to not further spread the virus.


Town wide Brush pickup

Due to the COVID-19 heath crisis, Town of Ithaca Public Works has delayed its brush pick up until the week of Monday, April 20th. Please have ALL waste to roadside by 7am on this date. Due to staffing issues during this health emergency, there may be a delay in your curbside pickup. Whereas in the past we could be done in one week, it may take several. Smaller crews and social distancing guidelines will certainly slow the course of the operations but will keep our staff and residents safer during these times. Please remain patient with the process as we wish to remain safe and follow all guidelines.


Brush drop off / compost / wood chip pickup (Once the Facility is Reopened to the Public)

The Town of Ithaca Public Works at 114 Seven Mile Dr. is currently under construction due to a renovation of the facility. During this time, the facility will see increased traffic patterns as our operations will join with additional construction vehicles. We urge residents to use caution and be mindful when entering the facility for brush/compost/wood chips. Please follow all appropriate signage for drop off and pickup procedures. Due to the COVID-19 virus – sign in will not be required. It will be monitored both visually and verbally as the Town strives to practice proper social distancing guidelines. Please use proper social distancing guidelines while at the Public Works.


Sewer Systems

DO NOT flush disposable wipes, tissues or paper towels!  This will cause major problems to the Town’s system and/or your own system.  Many wipes claim they are “flushable” but they should not be flushed!  Put them in the trash instead. 


Handicap permits

Permits will automatically be renewed and sent to you.


Water Bills

Due date has been extended to April 30th.

Water Bills are accepted until 4/30/20 without penalty.

posted Mar 30, 2020, 5:41 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 5:41 AM ]

Access to Public Meetings via Zoom

posted Mar 19, 2020, 10:18 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 11:42 AM ]

Public Board and Committee Meeting Access

 The Town will be using ZOOM to provide continued access to all public meetings. 

The Meeting ID and call in information will be posted on each agenda.

 Public Comment periods such as Persons to be Heard and Public Hearings regarding specific action items will be conducted just like you were there in person.  ZOOM allows the Chair of the meeting to call on people joining the meeting much like he/she would do in an in-person meeting when calling on a raised hand. 

 As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

 Paulette Rosa

Town Clerk

273-1721 ext 110 or townclerk@town.ithaca.ny.us

2020 Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup

posted Mar 18, 2020, 7:16 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 8:05 AM ]

2020 Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup


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 20 th, 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.

           Please note that our crews do not use leaf vacuum machines for spring leaf pick up, therefore, 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.


            Drop-off of brush and leaves is closed due to construction on the facility.  Please check the Website and/or newsletter for an alternate location for compost/mulch pickup.



·                   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. 


·                   Brush piles should be no larger than a pickup truck load (approximately 2’ H x 4’ W x 8’ L in size).  It is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces.

·                   Put out limbs no larger than 8 inches in diameter.

·                   Place brush and filled bags of yard waste along road shoulder or at the end of the driveway if no shoulder exists.




·                   Do not tie bundles of brush.

·                   Do not place any materials in a ditch.

·                   Do not put out metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps.

·                   Do not put brush and leaf bags out until the week before collection.


For more information, please call 273-1656 between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Bid Advertisement - NYS Route 96B Sidewalk Project

posted Mar 10, 2020, 6:47 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 1:32 PM ]

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