[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ithaca 4-11-2005 by L.L. No. 2-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to New York State Town Law § 64 (21-a), there is hereby created in the Town of Ithaca a Public Works Department.
The functions of the Highway Department of the Town of Ithaca are hereby transferred to the Public Works Department.
[Added 5-11-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009; amended 10-21-2019 by L.L. No. 9-2019]
All engineering functions are hereby transferred out of the Public Works Department.
[Amended 5-11-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009; 10-21-2019 by L.L. No. 9-2019]
The Public Works Department's responsibilities shall include the Town's highway functions, along with responsibilities for the construction, improvement, repair, care, and maintenance of the Town's parks, trails, walkways, sidewalks, highways, bridges, sluices, waterways, culverts for drainage, water and sewer facilities, buildings, grounds and other Town facilities, and stormwater management. The Public Works Department shall have such other responsibilities, not inconsistent with law, as may be assigned by the Town Board.
In addition, the Department of Public Works shall provide all services required or desirable in order to enable the Director of Public Works to fulfill any duty or responsibility imposed upon such official, whether or not in his/her capacity as Town Highway Superintendent, by this chapter or by any other local law, ordinance or regulation of the Town, by any lawful directive of the Town Board, or by any statute or regulation of the State of New York.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, this chapter shall not prohibit the Town Board from providing for construction of any public building, street, highway, road or other facility by public contract.
[Amended 5-11-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
The appointed Town Highway Superintendent shall be the administrative head of the Public Works Department, shall hold office as such administrative head for the terms set forth in New York Town Law § 64, Subdivision 21-a, shall have the powers and duties of a highway superintendent pursuant to the New York State Highway Law, Town Law and other applicable laws and regulations, and shall have such powers as are necessary for the proper administration of the Department of Public Works consistent with applicable laws. The Highway Superintendent's office shall be in the unclassified civil service. The administrative head shall also hold the Town's informal administrative title of Director of Public Works, and he or she may use the titles of Highway Superintendent and/or Director of Public Works. The Highway Superintendent/Director of Public Works shall be appointed on the basis of administrative experience and qualifications for the duties of the Highway Superintendent's office and for the duties in the Town's Highway Superintendent/Director of Public Works job description.
During the absence or inability of the Highway Superintendent to act for any reason, the Deputy Highway Superintendent will assume the roles, powers and responsibilities of the Highway Superintendent/Director of Public Works.
[Added 5-11-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
The salary of the Highway Superintendent/Director of Public Works shall be fixed annually by the Town Board, and such moneys shall be paid out of the general fund of the Town as the Town Board shall direct, or from any improvement or benefit district of the Town pursuant to New York Town Law § 202-a, Subdivision 7, and shall not be a charge, in whole or in part, upon any item of the Highway Fund. The salary of the Highway Superintendent/Director of Public Works may be shown in any budget or notice relating to such budget under the classification of either Highway Superintendent or Director of Public Works.