Topics Covered

Mailbox Installation
Driveway Permits for Town Roads
Highway Right of Way
Tree and Brush Disposal
Hazardous Material Disposal
Ditch Filling Policy
Fill Materials

Mailbox Installation

The face or front door of the mailbox should be at least 15′ from the centerline of the road.
The approximate height should be 42” to the bottom of the mailbox.
The post and arm should be constructed of wood, so they will break on impact.
The Town of Riga assumes no responsibility for the construction or replacement of mailboxes or support structures.
If a mailbox is damaged by the Town of Riga, the Town will repair it or, if necessary, replace it with a standard metal mailbox.
Mailbox repairs will be done when time allows. After a serious storm, it may take over a week to do these tasks.

Driveway Permits for Town Roads

Application for Driveway Permit PDF Under Section 149 of the Highway Law are available at the Highway Department or Permit Application PDF

The owners or agents shall furnish and install a new 12 inch, 16 gauge corrugated metal pipe or 12″smooth inside wall corrugated polyethylene that will extend at least three feet beyond the edges of the driveway and be a minimum of at least 30 feet in length with attached end sections.  Pipes will have to be joined with an approved band of the same gauge.

There must be a minimum of 12 inches of cover, such as Crusher Run or another approved material over the pipe.

The driveway shall be graded so that any water flowing from the driveway shall not enter upon the road, it must flow to either existing ditches or a sluiceway to be graded by the owner or agent.

The existing ditch or sluiceway shall be cleaned and graded by the owner or agents and maintained by the owner.  There shall be no trees, rocks, shrubs or any other objects placed in the ditch or the highway right of way without permission from the Town Highway Superintendent.

The owner or agents shall be responsible for any of the above work and it must meet the approval of the Town Highway Superintendent.

If the driveway permit is issued to a contractor, it is his/her responsibility to forward these agreements to the property owner.

The owner or agent installing the driveway shall be responsible at all times in keeping the road and shoulder clean from mud and debris.

There shall be no obstructions placed in the highway right of way, which extends 33 feet from the center of the road.

Brush and Limb Pick-up

Is planned for the week of October 18th.  Please have brush out to the roadside before that date.  We will make one trip down each road and cannot make return trips after we have been down your road.  We will again be bulk handling the piles of brush loading on our dump trucks with a rented prentice loader. Logs do not need to be bucked into small pieces.  Truck beds are 12’ long enabling us to accommodate branches and logs 14’ long.  Construction materials, boulders, concrete will not, cannot be picked up with brush.  If you have materials other than brush to be picked up, please call a disposal company for those types of materials.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION 

  • is typically held for all residents of Monroe County once a year.  The date and location of collection will be updated when we receive the information from the county.

This collection gives residents the opportunity to dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals in a safe manner and keeps usable items out of the landfills.

Appointments are required at all Household Hazardous Waste Collections.

To schedule an appointment:

Visit the Online Scheduler at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/

Acceptable Items:

Monroe County residents can bring up to 30 gallons of liquid (ex – paints) and 75 pounds of solids (ex – fertilizers, pesticides) per appointment at no charge.  No 55-gallon drums will be accepted:

  • Latex Paint (1/3 gallon or more ONLY)
  • Oil-Based Paint, Oil-Based Wood Stain & Preservatives.
  • Automotive Fluids: antifreeze, brake, power steering and transmission fluids
  • Pesticides, Fertilizers & Insecticides
  • Flammable Products: gasoline, kerosene, paint thinners, strippers, solvents, glues, etc.
  • Household Cleaners: Soaps, waxes; chemical drain cleaners, etc.
  • Driveway Sealers
  • Pool & Photo Chemicals
  • Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light tubes)
  • Syringes/Sharps: packaged in clear 2-liter plastic bottles and labeled with SHARPS stickers available through pharmacies and Monroe County DES.
  • Cooking Oil/ Cooking Grease

The Town of Riga requires a fill permit for all materials added to a site after CFO has been issued.  Fill is allowed as part of a building permit.  See Town Code Link for specifics.

State Roads

Since the Town must, under current N.Y.S. policy, take responsibility for all work done in the N.Y.S right-of-way:

The property owner must apply to N.Y.S through the Town for all necessary permits and bear the expense for such permits.

The property owner must hire a contractor to complete work under the direction of the Town Engineer.  The Town Engineer must approve plans and complete two (2) inspections.  Property owner is responsible for all labor, materials and the Town Engineer’s fees.

Property owner must accept responsibility for the expense of future maintenance and sign an agreement providing for same which will be recorded at the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and remain an obligation of all future property owners.

All permit fees, engineering fees must be paid and legal documents approved by the Attorney for the Town, prior to the commencement of construction.

County Roads

No work allowed, under current County policy, on County roads unless the County agrees that the existing condition is a safety hazard:

The Town Highway Superintendent will help property owner in contacting the proper County agency.

If County deems the situation a traffic hazard, County will remedy.

Town Roads

All labor, materials and engineering fees will be the responsibility of the property owner.
The property owner must apply to the Town Highway Superintendent for all necessary permits and bear the expense for such permits.

The property owner must hire a contractor to complete work under the direction of the Town Engineer.  The Town Engineer must approve plans and complete two (two) inspections.  Property owner is responsible for all labor, materials and the Town Engineer’s fees.

Property owner must accept responsibility for the expense of future maintenance and sign an agreement providing for same which will be recorded at the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and remain an obligation of all future property owners.

All permit fees, engineering fees must be paid and legal documents approved by the Attorney for the Town, prior to the commencement of construction.

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