Department of Public Works
110 Public Works Drive
Black River, NY 13612
Municipal Garage Phone: 773-5093
Brush and Leaf Pick Up
Brush collection will be in May, July and October. Please visit the home page for exact dates. We encourage residents to keep their property picked up and offer the service of picking up yard waste (no grass clippings) and brush. Please do not put out 7 days prior to collection during the summer months.
Please follow these guidelines:
Please call 773-5093 if you have any questions.
Snow Removal and Winter Driving
“Village Superintendent reminds residents about snow plowing and winter driving issues.”
During and after snow removal events, The Department of Public Works, in the course of plowing, received emails and/or phone calls regarding damage to mailboxes, either from snow plows directly or from the force of snow being thrown by plows. If such damage is indeed caused by snow removal, it is not done intentionally. It is, however an unfortunate consequence of snow removal.
As far as the particular agencies replacing damaged mailboxes, it must be pointed out that there is no statutory or legal authority requiring them to do so. In fact, under Section 319, of New York State Highway Law, mailboxes are considered highway obstructions and are only “allowed” in the right of way as a convenience to the owner as it is understood they are required for mail delivery.
Additionally, an opinion issued by the Attorney General of February 28, 1966 stated, “When the necessity of keeping the highway open conflicts with an individual’s reception of the mail, the latter must stand aside.” DPW crews do their best to avoid mailboxes, but often time visibility, oncoming traffic, and heavy snow work against them.
The best method to protect your mailbox during winter months is to ensure it is properly attached to the post that is in good condition and meets specifications and to keep the mailbox assembly simple to limit impact surface area for plowed snow.
Leslie (Les) Williams - Superintendent of Public Works
Matthew Leary - Assistant Superintendent of Public Works
Joseph Paige - Motor Equipment Operator
Eric Nier - Motor Equipment Operator