TOWN OF ONONDAGA
The Highway Department is responsible for maintaining approximately 100 miles of Town roads and in the winter also plowing an additional 22 miles of County roads. During the Town Annual Fall Cleanup and the Departments brush and yard waste removal the team covers over 140 miles of roads in the Town of Onondaga.
If you have question or concerns about any of these services please click below for a detailed explanation or call and we will be glad to assist you.
The Highway Departments top priority is reacting to the prevailing weather conditions to maintain public safety on 100 miles of Town roads and 22 additional miles of county roads within the Town of Onondaga. Plowing and salting are the primary services provided by the Highway Department, with experienced drivers as the backbone of the program.
Residents of Onondaga are seldom “snow bound”. It takes the Highway team 3.5 to 4 hours to make one full pass through the Town. This first pass is typically completed before school busses need to be in neighborhoods and before the morning commute. School and Highway personnel are in constant communication to ensure the safety of everyone involved in school transportation.
It is a fact that when a plow pushes snow it creates a windrow at the edge of its path. Snow pushes into driveways and it is impossible to retrace a route and clear these windrows. When the snow banks get too high and reduce visibility, they are cut back.
The Town cannot prevent the snow from collecting at the end of your driveway, but there are a few ways property owners can work with the Town to minimize the affects of the snow removal:
Keep garbage cans and recycling bins in your driveway, well back from the road and away from the path of the snowplow.
· Stake the edge(s) of your lawn.
· If you utilize the services of a private snow removal service, make sure you and your contractor are in agreement with the needs of your household. We cannot coordinate town wide snow removal with the private snow plow contractors. (Remember that it is illegal to move snow across a public road or deposit snow on property that is not your own.)
· Parking is prohibited on Town roads from November 1st to March 31st between 2:00am & 8:00am. If you should encounter getting stuck during the night, or need to abandon your vehicle for mechanical reasons, remember to contact 911 to alert local Police of the vehicle’s location.
· Please be considerate of snow removal equipment: allow as much room as possible.
Mailboxes and posts are replaced only if hit by Town snowplow equipment, so check your mailbox, newspaper box and the supporting posts in the fall. If the post is shaky chances are the post is unstable in the ground and will not withstand the pressure of flying snow. Check your mailbox for loose or missing parts. Replacement boxes are standard black or white metal boxes installed on a 4x4 post. The Town is not responsible for replacing designer boxes, posts or any style of newspaper box. (If you have such a box, you may want to consider removing it for the winter months and replacing it with a standard box.) Boxes need to be installed per US Post Office regulations. If we find it is our responsibility, the Town will come to your residence and fix your mailbox so you can receive mail. Sometimes a temporary fix is done until time and weather permits. Mailboxes are erected in the Town right-of-way, and we perform this service as a courtesy to our residents.
Lawn and driveway damage caused by snow plow will be repaired. We will not repair damage caused by private snowplow operators. Call the Highway Department to report damage, someone will access the damage, and if the Town is responsible, repairs will be made in the Spring when weather permits.
The Town Highway Department collects yard waste and brush on average once each month from April through October. Brush and yard waste is the “woody” natural material from your property including: cut pieces of trees, limbs, and shrubbery, grass, yard and garden waste. Loose yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves must be in brown paper bags or boxes, (we will not pickup anything in plastic bags). Pieces of trees and brush must be piled neatly with nothing larger then 8 feet long and 6 inches in diameter. This service is intended to provide homeowners an appropriate way to dispose of green waste, it is not intended to supplement or compete with private contractors. The Highway Department will not pickup yard waste produced by commercial contractors. The Town does not collect construction debris, dirt, rocks, sod or stumps. Need help with these items or if you have additional yard waste and brush in- between pickups, OCRRA has drop off sites available for a fee, call for details (315)453-2866 or check their website. (www.ocrra.org)
You may call year round to report storm damage that needs picking up at 469-1664.
No dumping is allowed on Town property by Residents.
The Highway Department does provide Christmas tree pickup to all residents of the Town of Onondaga. Pick up begins January 2nd and continues throughout the month, weather permitting.
The Town does not provide trash pickup. All residents must obtain their own private Hauler. A list of permitted haulers can be obtained through the Town Clerk’s office at (315)469-1583.
Please help us by reporting potholes on Town roads. Call the Highway Department at (315)469-1664 with the location of the pothole. Potholes on County roads should be reported to Onondaga County at (315)673-1681. Contact the State at (315) 672-8151 to report potholes on NYS roads.
The Town is not responsible for fixing potholes in pavement located on private roadways or other private property such as shopping center parking lots. Driveway aprons are the responsibility of the property owner.
The Town Highway Department will pick up and dispose of large animals on Town roads only. Dead animals located on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner. Call (315) 469-1664 for pickup.
BLUE BINS are available to pickup at the Highway Department Monday – Friday 7:00 to 3:30pm. For details on recycling contact OCRRA at 315 453-2866 or www.ocrra.org.
The next cleanup is scheduled for Fall. Flyers will be mailed to all Town residents and will also be available on the Town of Onondaga website, (www.http://www.townofonondaga.com)
Please note the Town of Onondaga Highway Department will still be participating in Earth Day, details can be found at www.ocrra.org.
Roadside mowing begins in late Spring weather permitting, and is completed twice on Town roads. Please be courteous and allow plenty of room to insure both yours and the operator’s safety. To report site issue on town roads call (315)469-1664.
For mowing issues on County roads call (315) 673-1681.
For mowing issues on State roads call (315) 672-8151.
To report missing and/or damaged traffic signs, please contact the Highway Department at (315)469-1664.
Sweeping is done once a year after the Winter season of plowing to clear debris left by the snow melt.
Street light outages can be reported to National Grid at 1(800)664-6729 or call Hwy Dept for assistance (315) 469-1664. You will need to know Pole# or have exact address the pole is in front of.
Contact Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection for sewage system issues. They are on duty 24 hours a day at 315 435-3157.
LIST OF COUNTY ROADS WITHIN THE TOWN OF ONONDAGA
For maintenance issues on these COUNTY ROADS call Onondaga County Department of Transportation at (315)673-1681/Marcellus (315)435-5415/Jamesville.
LIST OF STATE ROADS WITHIN THE TOWN OF ONONDAGA
It is the Highway Department’s responsibility to maintain catch basins, culverts, pipes and ditches on town owned roads. If you have any concerns about a drainage issue please call the office at 315 469-1664.
Remember to facilitate proper drainage, always keep all debris away from drains and out of ditches.
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last updated March, 2018