- Highway Department -

Tuxedo Residents

November 8, 2017

The Town of Tuxedo Highway Dept. 2017 schedule for picking up leaves is as follows:

All leaves may be raked to the curb from October 15th to December 15 or the first snow whichever comes first.  Clean leaves only, (no branches, rocks, sticks and other debris) will be picked up with our leaf machine.

Leaves left after December 15 must be in paper bags which can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes etc. and left at the curb for pickup.

All wood, branches and brush can also be brought to the curb and should be kept separate from the leaves and must be no larger than 6 inches in diameter.  All other wood shall be no longer than 5 feet in length.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Robert Dollbaum

Highway Superintendent

Town of Tuxedo Snow Plowing Operations
The goals of the Town of Tuxedo snow and ice control operations are to provide timely clearing and removal of ice and snow from town streets, to minimize the hazards of winter road conditions encountered by motorists, and to restore optimum traveling conditions throughout the Town as soon as possible after each storm event. 
Fire Hydrants 
Owners of property and occupants of buildings that have a fire hydrant are asked by Town Officials to clear a four-foot area in all directions around the hydrant and a three-foot wide path from the street to the fire hydrant. Our Volunteer Fire Department counts on hydrants being cleared of snow to help protect your safety.
While plow truck drivers make every effort to avoid mailboxes, they do, on occasion, hit or knock one over. Operators must report these incidents to their supervisor. It is also possible that mailboxes can be knocked over by heavy snow without the operator’s knowledge. 
The Town is not liable for damage to mailboxes nor is the town responsible for replacement of homeowners’ mailboxes.
 The post office will not deliver mail until the mailbox is replaced. Mailbox installation standards are summarized as follows: 
  • The box should be 3 1/2 to 4 feet from ground level to the bottom of the box.
  •   The face of the box should be flush with the back of the curb or set back 6 to 12 inches from the edge of the road.
  •   All mailboxes should have a handle, a flag, and the house number on the right hand side as you face it from the street.
  •  Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the Postmaster may withdraw delivery service.
  •  Curbside mailboxes must be placed to allow safe and convenient delivery by carriers without leaving their vehicles.
Driveway Clearing Tips
 Homeowner driveways and parking lot entrances take the brunt of snow pile-up once a plow truck has serviced a road.  This is an unfortunate and unintentional result of street snow plowing. Please note, home owners are responsible for clearing the end of their own driveway.
 The following suggestions are intended to make your driveway snow removal easier and safer:
 · Do NOT shovel, blow, or plow snow from your driveway into or across the road.  It is a violation of Town Ordinances to push snow into the street, and you may be held liable if this snow causes an accident.  Remember, you are also responsible for the actions of your contractor!
· Do NOT allow children to play on snow banks along the side of the road.
 · Before final clean-up of your driveway, check the road. If it does not appear to be widened out, a plow will most likely be returning to plow again and may push snow back into the entrance of your driveway. Doing this might keep you from clearing your driveway more than once. It is worth noting that depending on the forecast shoveling may be best done in stages.
Finally, please have patience. Snow plowing is a time consuming and arduous job covering approximately 46 miles of roads in Town. Some residents will have their roads plowed first and some will be last, but at the end all town roads will be cleared.
********Leaf Collection********
Please be advised that effective immediately the town will no longer be providing leaf bags. For your convenience, we will be picking up leaves & brush during the peak fall season and will not require them to be bagged. From November 1st through December 7th, all leaves should be blown to the edge of the property but not placed in the roadway. The leaf machine will be circulated through town as needed, weather permitting.
Any leaves/brush you may have during the off season will need to be bagged and placed at the curb for pickup. Bags can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes, or in bulk at Amazon.com.
If you have any questions please feel free to call the Highway Department's administrative office at 351-4421.
Thank you.

Robert Dollbaum
984 Long Meadow Road
Michael Marusich
 Deputy Superintendent
984 Long Meadow Road