Village Offices

Open 9am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri
Marcham Hall
836 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 257-1238
(607) 257-4910 (fax)
info@cayuga-heights.ny.us

Village Engineer

(607) 257-5536



EMERGENCY ONLY
Police/Fire/Rescue
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Police Department

Non-Emergency, 24 Hrs Day
(607) 257-1011

Public Works

123 Sheldon Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 257-6166

Fire/Rescue/EMS

Non-Emergency
(607) 266-7454

Bolton Point Municipal Water System

1402 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 277-0660



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Village Engineer

BRENT A. CROSS, ENGINEER - (607) 257-5536

The Village Engineer’s Office is the place to find out information about the Village’s infrastructure which includes streets (including drainage), water/sewer systems, and wastewater treatment plant. The Engineer’s Office is also the host of the Code Enforcement Department (see information on other page).

All work done in the Village Right-of-Way (ROW) is subject to approval by the Village Engineer. This includes the work done by the private individuals as well as the work done by the Department of Public Works. The following explanation is intended to help clarify the relationship of responsibility between the Village and homeowner on improvements in the ROW:

  • STREETS: The DPW is responsible for construction and maintenance of the road system in the Village, of which there is approximately 21 centerline miles. In general, the basic Village Street design is approximately 18’ wide pavement with a 1’-2’ shoulder and open drainage ditches. Some locations have different physical features that dictate the need/type of curbing, drainage, striping, and shoulders.

  • DRAINAGE: Since the basic road cross-section has open ditches, sometimes the Village is requested to install underground storm sewer pipes along the edge of the road. The policy is that the DPW will provide the labor and equipment at no charge if the homeowner purchases all of the materials to do the job. Estimates can be provided as well as a list of vendors who can supply the materials. This work is subject to approval by the Village Engineer and may not always be available depending on the work load of the DPW crew at the time of request.

  • SIDEWALKS: The Village has sidewalks serving approximately 50% of the Village streets, mostly in the southern end known as the “Old Village”. With a few existing exceptions, the policy is to maintain sidewalks only on one side of a street. The DPW is responsible for construction and maintenance of the sidewalks. They also provide snowplowing service to assist the neighbors in cleaning the sidewalks in the winter, but ultimately the responsibility of sidewalk safety is up to the homeowners.

  • DRIVEWAYS: It is the homeowner’s responsibility to construct and maintain his/her own driveway. This includes the part that is in the ROW up to the edge of the road pavement. The DPW is available, at no charge, to clean or replace culvert pipes under driveways, provided that the property owner purchases all of the materials.

  • WATER/SEWER SERVICE LATERALS: The Village provides the water and sewer mains in the street, but each homeowner is responsible the service lateral to/from the main, including the tap into the main pipe. When a leak occurs, the DPW will be responsible for locating and repairing, unless it is determined that the leak is associated with the service lateral. In such cases, the homeowner is required to hire a contractor to make the repairs at their expense.

  • LAWN EDGE: The property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the part of their lawn that is located in the ROW, sometimes known as the “tree lawn”. This usually involves simply mowing the lawn up to the shoulder/curb of the road. In some cases, landscaping or other improvements can be made, but are subject to approval by the Village Engineer.

  • OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: Property owners who wish to make other improvements in the ROW such as fences/gates, signs and trees are required to obtain a “lease” agreement from the Village that allows for the removal of the improvement by the Village in the future

Stormwater Coalition of Tompkins County - MS4 Municipal Compliance Certification(MCC) Form MCC form for period ending March 9, 2013




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