The Public Works Department consists of four sub-departments that are described individually in these pages. The total number of employees in the Public Works Department is eleven full time and three seasonal employees. One unique aspect of the Village of Horseheads is that all Public Works employees share duties in the various sub-departments, which means a water operator also plows snow or a cemetery worker works in the parks department.
The Department has a total of thirty-one pieces of equipment that includes plow equipped dump trucks, loaders, road graders, and mowers that are used in snow plowing operations and street work. We also have various specialized equipment such as road wideners, curbers, backhoes, street sweepers etc.
The department also strives to use shared services as much as possible using men and equipment from many adjacent municipalities and the school district. We also share salt storage with Chemung County and a vehicle fueling facility with the Horseheads Central School District.
It is the responsibility of each homeowner to properly maintain and repair any public sidewalk that adjoins their property. The Village’s Sidewalk Removal and Replacement Program is as follows: Village employees and equipment will remove the existing sidewalk. The property owner will be responsible for replacing the sidewalk and restoring the disturbed area. You can either do the work yourself or hire a contractor. The sidewalk must be constructed according to Village specifications.
How to apply - All property within the Village of Horseheads is eligible for the program excluding government owned property. To apply the property owner should contact the Village Clerk’s Office and ask for a sidewalk program application form. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Or, download a copy here, fill it out and bring it into the Village Clerk’s Office.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining 31 miles of streets in the Village of Horseheads. DPW Crews routinely plow, patch, clean, repair, sign and manage the village streets to protect the public and maintain an efficient transportation infrastructure for the village’s residents and businesses.
»More on the Streets and Maintenance
The Department of Public Works manages the operation and maintenance of the Village of Horseheads Water System and the more than 3,000 residents that depend on the system for high quality water.
»More on the Water Department
The Department of Public Works operates Maple Grove Cemetery on Broad Street in the village.
»More on Maple Grove Cemetery
The Village owns 18 buildings plus numerous other structures along with some 150 acres of property in various locations. All of this property requires maintenance in one form or another. The Public Works Department through its various departments provides maintenance and repair to these properties from simple mowing or vacuuming to total roof replacements the employees of the department strive to keep all of the Village’s properties in the best shape possible.