Buildings and Grounds
Pat Ryan, Director of Buildings and Grounds - 716-646-1290 Ext.3104
Town residents are responsible to contract their own weekly garbage collection. There are three companies that have licenses to pick up garbage in the Town of Hamburg:
Waste Management 496-5000
Allied Waste 614-3333
Modern Disposal 824-3766
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department serves as an example of how government in our town has become more efficient, to the benefit of every taxpayer. When I became Superintendent in charge of the Highway Department, I also assumed responsibility for the Buildings and Grounds Department. This cost cutting initiative, an ambitious move to streamline government, saves taxpayers approximately $100,000 every year. It's just one instance of our commitment to improved service at reduced taxpayer expense.
The Buildings and Grounds Department is the silent force that provides high quality facilities for all of our Town residents. Twelve months a year our department's work insures proper maintenance of all Town facilities and departments, to support and deliver general municipal services and recreation programs.
The employees of the Buildings and Grounds Department are dedicated to delivery of high quality support services at the lowest cost to our taxpayer. Our employees have union representation through CSEA. A strong team effort on the part of union and management results in consistently high levels of achievement. If you have any questions or comments on our services please feel free to contact me or my staff.
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department maintains an extensive network of neighborhood playgrounds. The town operates 36 such facilities encompassing over 1200 acres, and keeping them in good condition is the responsibility of our department. During the summer months crews perform continuous maintenance tasks such as mowing, weed eating, garbage collection, and any other services necessary for the safe operation and excellent appearance of the town's playgrounds.
In order to keep the town's playgrounds up to date, each summer the Buildings and Grounds Department carries out several capital improvement projects to the playgrounds as needed. These improvements include painting, installing new equipment, and resurfacing tennis/basketball courts. These improvements, as well as construction of new playgrounds, are carried out entirely by our department.
The Town maintains 38 Town-owned and 12 shared diamonds.
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department is responsible for the maintenance of nearly all town-owned buildings. This includes the Town Hall, Ice Arena, Golf Course, Town Park, Taylor Road Cabin, Adult Day Care Center, Seaway Trail Building, and Buildings and Grounds Garage. Cleaning, landscaping, and remodeling are just a few of the tasks that our staff undertakes at each of these sites on a daily basis. From snow plowing parking lots to assembling office furniture, our workers maintain the facilities that residents and workers use every day.
Our department also maintains the Dunn House and performs most heavy maintenance at the town's three libraries.
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department maintains 94 miles of sewer lines and 1,650 manholes. We use a high power sewer cleaner to clear sewer lines at least once a year, eliminating as many trouble calls as possible. If a line does get blocked, our staff is on call 24 hours a day to ensure that sewer service is not interrupted for long. Our department also maintains five pump stations which assist in transporting sewer effluent to the treatment plant.
The Town is in the process of turning over the operation and maintenance of our sewer lines to Sewer District 3 of Erie County and this will result in reduced costs to our residents.
Signs and Signals
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department is responsible for installation of all new, and maintenance of existing, street signs on all town roads, as well as some county roads. Our crew is trained in accordance with The New York State Manual of Uniform Traffic Safety Devices to ensure that stop signs, speed limit signs, and all other signs on town roads meet regulatory standards.
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department also maintains 13 traffic signals at various intersections throughout the town. Our crew replaces bulbs in these signals annually to prevent an emergency situation. However, our crews are on call 24 hours a day if a problem should arise with any of the town's signs or signals
The Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department performs many other services, including:
- Maintenance of all town vehicles, with the exception of the Highway Department. This includes routine maintenance and cleaning of Buildings and Grounds, Police, Senior Services, and pool vehicles.
- Assistance with emergency drainage problems through operation of the department's six portable pumps.
- Major in-house construction projects, largely centering around remodeling to allow better use of town space.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will my playground's grass be cut?
Grass cutting is a top priority of our department. Our mowing crews circulate throughout the town constantly. Rainy weather often delays us from getting to every playground in a timely manner. We ask for patience during periods of rapid growth, as playing fields receive our attention first. However, if you feel your playground has been unfairly neglected, please contact our office.
What should I do if a traffic sign in my neighborhood is knocked down?
If a traffic sign in your neighborhood is knocked down or damaged, and you live on a town road or are unsure, contact our office immediately. Damaged signs can pose a serious danger to public safety and our crews will be dispatched immediately to correct the situation.
Town of Hamburg Buildings and Grounds Department
2720 Lakeview Road
Lake View, New York 14085
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Phone: (716) 646-1290
Fax: (716) 649-7791
After Hours Emergencies
Town of Hamburg Dispatch: (716) 648-5111