Department of Public Works
Supervisor, William Foster
The Village of Newark Valley has a wide range of responsibilities, all directed toward maintenance of the village infrastructure and the delivery of village services. The Department of Public Works consists of three full time employees, Steve Pado, Scot Combs and supervisor Bill Foster. Their duties include maintenance of vehicles, general street/road repairs, maintenance of village-owned sidewalks, storm drains, leaf and brush removal, Village Green and Trout Ponds parks mowing and up-keep, two historical buildings to maintain plus the village barn, weekly trash pick up and snow plowing. Above and beyond all of that, they also have a water system and two wells that require maintenance and upgrades.
The department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all village-owned vehicles. This includes one ¾ ton pickup, 1 one-ton dump truck, 1 backhoe, 1 single axle autocar, 1 garbage packer truck, and miscellaneous equipment. Equipment and vehicles are maintained in the DPW garage, which is located on Whig Street.
Sidewalk and Street Repairs
The department maintains approximately 9 miles of street within the corporate boundaries of the village. General street repairs range from such functions as filling potholes to actual road reconstruction, re-seeding grass on the village right-of- ways and parks. Sidewalk, traffic and sign maintenance also fall under this responsibility.
Storm and Water Pipe Maintenance
The department provides general maintenance and repairs for water mains, water services, fire hydrants and water main valves. There are approximately 53,970 linear feet of water pipe lines in the Village and Town of Newark Valley for which the Department of Public Works has primary responsibility.
Brush & Leaf Removal
The department handles the collection and disposal of brush & leaves at the residential properties. The leaf season begins in mid April and runs until early November. Residents are instructed to bag their leaves in bio-degradable bags and place them on the edge of their lawns before 6:00 AM, not in the ditches, and the village crews will pick them up. No plastic bags of any type are to be used. Brush is to be no larger than 6″ in diameter and no longer than 6” in length. To inquire more about brush & leaf collection dates, please call the Village Barn at 642-8700.
Garbage and Trash Pick-up
The department provides weekly garbage pick-up on Mondays, and an annual clean-up day in May when residents of the village can bring appliances, furniture, wood, clothes and almost any trash to the pick-up point for disposal at no extra cost.
The village officially begins its snowplowing program when there is an accumulation of snow on the roads or if icy conditions exist. Once these conditions are present, streets and intersections are salted and plowing of village streets begins usually after about two inches of snow have fallen.
To insure that plowing can be satisfactorily completed, vehicles are prohibited from parking on village streets overnight from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. from November 1st through April 1st. In addition to streets and intersections, village-owned sidewalks are also plowed by the Department of Public Works.
The village’s goal is to make streets, sidewalks, and public parking lots accessible as soon as possible during and after winter storms.