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Ithaca Conservation Award Nominations Invited

posted Jan 15, 2020, 12:44 PM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 12:45 PM ]

The Town of Ithaca's Conservation Board invites nominations for their 17th annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award. This award honors the late Dr. Fischer for improving Ithaca's natural environment. A Cornell professor, nature lover, and member of our Conservation Board, he erected many bluebird houses and helped establish New York's bottle law to reduce waste and litter.

Since 2003, the Town's Conservation Board has honored Betsy Darlington, Dan Hoffman, The Museum of the Earth at PRI, Jane Moon Clark, the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee, the Cayuga Trails Club's Tom Reimers, the Founding President of the Finger Lakes Land Trust A. Carl Leopold, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Cayuga Compost, the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program, the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Six Mile Creek Water Quality Monitors at CSI, the Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camp Program, the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network, Anthony Ingraham and Elizabeth Bauman, and the NYS Hemlock Initiative.

Individuals or organizations who have taken the initiative to improve Ithaca's natural environment are eligible for nomination. Selected awardees will have their names added to a plaque in Town Hall and attached to a tree planted at a celebration in their honor in a Town park or trail. Birch, beech, maple, oaks, poplar, sycamore, juneberry, pine and apple trees have been dedicated at 16 ceremonies celebrating the many ways Ithaca’s loved wildlands have been improved by honored winners.

Please nominate someone or a group you believe responsible for making Ithaca more gorgeous. Nominations for the 2019 award must be received no later than February 28, 2020.

For submission guidelines, including news and photos of recent awardees, see the Town’s website at see the Town's website or contact Mike Smith  or 607-273-1747

Residents of the Town of Ithaca interested in improving and preserving our environment are also invited to attend the Conservation Board's meetings in Town Hall on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM. For more information regarding the Town’s Conservation Board please see our website at www.town.ithaca.ny.us/conserveration-board or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IthacaConservationBoard

Bid Announcements - PWF Expansion/Renovation & Winston-Salem Water Main Replacement Projects

posted Dec 11, 2019, 11:03 AM by Town of Ithaca


Bid documents for the Winston-Salem Water Main Replacement Project 2020 in the Town of Ithaca are available from the Town Clerk, 215 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850 or by emailing townclerk@town.ithaca.ny.us with your complete contact information and mailing instructions if you want a method other than USPS. The Town will mail a USB containing a digital copy of the Bidding Documents (as portable document format (PDF) files).

This contract generally consists of the installation of approximately 4270 linear feet of 8” poly-wrapped ductile iron water main and appurtenances (fire hydrants, 8-inch gate valves, water services, curb boxes) along with approximately 150 linear feet of 6” poly-wrapped ductile iron water main and appurtenances (fire hydrants, 8-inch gate valves, water services, curb boxes).

Bids are due at the Town Clerks office, address above, no later than 1:00 pm, local time, on January 21st, 2020 at which time they will be publicly opened and read.

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:

 General Building Construction. Plumbing Construction.

Mechanical Construction. Electrical Construction.

Sealed lump sum bids are due by 1:00 p.m., local time on January 17, 2020 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, 114 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 December 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., local time. Prospective prime bidders are requested to attend.

 Paulette Rosa

Town Clerk

2019 Holiday Tree Pickup

posted Dec 3, 2019, 4:53 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Dec 3, 2019, 4:54 AM ]

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up discarded holiday trees after the Christmas holiday and will continue throughout the Town through Tuesday, January 21st, as our schedule allows.

The intention of the Town’s tree collection service is for residents of the Town of Ithaca (outside the Village of Cayuga Heights) to discard their holiday trees by putting them out at the roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.

The crews will not be picking up any brush or yard debris during this collection.  This collection is specific to discarded holiday trees only.

Trees need to remain out of the rights-of-way; this will assure your safety and that of your neighbors. Errant trees can wreak havoc on the storm water systems and can create a hazard for walkers and cyclists.

You may also drop your discarded holiday tree(s) off at the Public Works Facility at 114 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. any time of the year.

South Hill Recreation Way – Invasive Plant Removal & Native Replanting

posted Oct 28, 2019, 10:31 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 28, 2019, 10:33 AM ]

This fall and winter, the Town of Ithaca will be implementing a program to remove invasive plant species along the South Hill Recreation Way. Thanks to funding from the 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program, administered by the NYS DEC, Town staff and hired specialists will be cutting down woody invasive plants along the South Hill Recreation Way and treating the stumps with an herbicide. Approximately 15 feet on each side of the trail will be cleared of invasive species. Following the removal and treatment of the invasives, the area will be replanted with native trees and shrubs to help prevent the invasive plants from returning. While this project is taking place, there may be fewer plants between the trail and adjacent properties prior to the planting of native plants, and trail users may experience a large amount of dead woody vegetation left to decay along the trail.


We are undertaking this project because invasive species have become well established along most of the trail and have altered the native ecosystem in the area. The invasive plants have spread quickly, displacing the native plants and preventing new native plants from growing. This creates a monoculture of invasives that do not provide food or habitat for native wildlife. Replacing the invasive species with native trees and shrubs promotes biodiversity, provides shelter and food (nectar, pollen, seeds, nuts, leaves, etc.) for wildlife, and supports pollinators.


The invasives being removed include Honeysuckle, Common Buckthorn, Tree of Heaven, Oriental Bittersweet, Multi-Flora Rose, Autumn Olive, Common Privet, Japanese Barberry, and Norway Maple. Photos of some of these species are included below. Removal of the Tree of Heaven is especially important as it will reduce host sites for the Spotted lanternfly.


These invasive species will be replaced with native trees and shrubs such as Sugar Maple, American Sycamore, White/Red Oak, American Chestnut, Silky Dogwood, Black Elderberry, Persimmon, Bitternut Hickory, Bur Oak, Arrowwood Viburnum, Bayberry, Nannyberry, Fragrant Sumac, and American Basswood.


We plan to begin work on this project on November 4, 2019. If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Michael Smith or Joseph Talbut at the Town of Ithaca at the email addresses or phone numbers listed below. The contractor will also be available to answer questions throughout the duration of the project. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to the South Hill Recreation Way.



Michael Smith

Senior Planner


(607) 273-1747 x123


Joseph Talbut

Parks Maintenance Manager


(607) 273-1656 x222


posted Sep 6, 2019, 10:41 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Oct 21, 2019, 5:56 AM ]

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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