Town of Ithaca Public Works Facility is located at 106 Seven Mile Drive
and functions as a public steward providing snow removal; paving; yard
waste collection; vegetation control; storm water management; and parks,
trails, water, sanitary sewer, and road maintenance services. Hours of
operation are Monday-Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. Phone number is (607)
Public Works Department also assists the Town Board and other departments
with projects to be completed within the Town. The Public Works Department strives
to make the Town of Ithaca
a very pleasant, worthwhile town in which to live.
Works Committee: Meets monthly at 9:00am at the Public Works
Facility, 106 Seven Mile Drive
Stormwater Coalition of Tompkins County provides storm water information for the Town of Ithaca.
FALL BRUSH PICK-UP
The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking
up brush, limbs and branches beginning 7:00AM
on Monday, October 17, 2016 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 106 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through
Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. year round. Please
sign in at the office.
should be piled in neat bundles going with the flow of traffic so that the
chipping trucks can feed the cut ends first.
diameter must be 8 inches or less (note:
it is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces).
- Do not
along road shoulder or at end of the driveway if no shoulder exits.
- Do not
place any materials in a ditch.
metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps will be picked up.
piles should be no larger than a pickup load (approximately 2 feet x 4
feet x 8 feet in size).
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, October 31,
2016 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 October 31st 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who maintains my road? I see Town trucks,
Tompkins County trucks, and New York State trucks.
That depends on who owns your road. The Town of Ithaca owns certain “local”
roads within its boundaries. Tompkins County owns 15 roads and New York State
owns 8 roads within the town. County and State roads are considered
thoroughfares—roads that go through the Town of Ithaca into another town.
Examples are Coddington Road (County Road) and Danby Road/RT 96B (State Road).
However, the Town plows and salts certain roads that are owned by Tompkins
County and the State plows and salts all the State roads in the Town. If you
have questions about this, please call the Town Highway Department at 273-1656
so we can direct you to the proper entity. County road questions should be
referred to Tompkins County Highway Department at 274-0300 and State road
questions should be referred to New York State DOT at (607) 756-7072.
|When is the brush and leaf pick
Please refer to the Quick News section of the home page for specific dates and information.
Brush and Leaf Collection is for all areas of the Town of Ithaca outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca.
In the spring and
fall, the Town of Ithaca Public
Works Department picks up yard waste (brush and bagged
leaves, pine needles, garden waste, and grass clippings) in mid-April and in mid-late
October. All yard waste must be at
roadside by 7:00 a.m. of the first day of the collection.
Brush should be
placed in neat piles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks
can feed the cut ends first. The
intention of the brush collection service is for residents to put a reasonable
amount of brush out at roadside for pick up.
Brush piles are limited to approximately 2’ H x 4’ W x 8’ L in size.
Please note, our crews do not vacuum leaves in the spring,
therefore, no loose piles of leaves
will be picked up. For all collections, leaves and garden waste must be bagged
in biodegradable paper bags. Fold over openings of bags to close—do
not staple or tape. No plastic bags will be picked up. In the fall, Leaves are vacuumed throughout
the Town. Bagged leaves and yard waste
are also collected in the fall. Bagged
leaf pickup occurs on each subsequent Monday through November.
Please do not put
yard waste out at roadside until the week before collections. You may also drop your yard waste off at
the Public Works Facility at 106
Seven Mile Drive, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. -
2:30 p.m. year around. Please first sign in at the office.
please call 273-1656 between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or e-mail us.
Is there a policy or guidelines regarding mailbox installations?
shall be installed according to United States Postal Service guidelines. The distance from the edge of pavement to the
front of the mailbox shall be 6” to 12” with a 43” clearance to the bottom of
the mailbox or structure support arm.
owners assume the responsibility of proper placement and ensuring the wooden,
metal or plastic post and arm are free from rot, breakage or deterioration and
are in a structurally sound condition.
If a mailbox
that is properly installed and initially in good repair is damaged by a Town
vehicle/equipment, the Town will replace or repair it upon timely notification
being given to the Public Works Department.
Repairs requiring a new mailbox will be made using a standard aluminum
mailbox. Mailboxes that have been knocked down due to a deteriorated condition,
repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the property owner.
boxes should follow the same requirements for mailboxes and should not be
placed under the mailbox due to the clearance requirements.
about mailboxes or other structures in the right-of-way should be directed to
the Public Works Department at 607-273-1656.
Can residents obtain mulch or compost from the Public Works Facility?
The Town's Public Works Facility offers wood chips, shredded wood mulch, and
compost free of charge to Town of Ithaca residents. (Please note that the wood
chips are irregularly sized due to the chipping process and are not always
available.) These services are not available to contractors or City of Ithaca
residents. You can find these items at the Public Works Facility located at 106
Seven Mile Drive. Town of Ithaca residents should sign in at the office before
picking up any of these items. Additionally, Town of Ithaca residents may bring
brush, leaves, garden waste, and grass clippings to the facility for drop off.
Receiving hours are 7:00am-2:30pm M-F.
Public access is limited to the designated drop off / pick up
locations. Please refer to the map in
Does the Town
provide trash and recycling pickup?|
No, you must contract with a local hauler or contact
Tompkins County Solid Waste at (607) 273-6632.
They can advise with contracting with local trash haulers.