Public Works


The 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) 273-1656.

The 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.

Public 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.

Remember:   

  • 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.


FALL LEAF PICK-UP

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 publicworks@town.ithaca.ny.us.



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 up?

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. 

For questions, 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?

Mailboxes 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.

Property 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.

Newspaper boxes should follow the same requirements for mailboxes and should not be placed under the mailbox due to the clearance requirements.

Questions 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?

Yes. 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 the office.


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.