- The Draft of the City 2017 Storm Water Management Program Annual Report (SWMPAR) is now available for public review at the Department of Public Works in City Hall and the City Library. The Draft SWMPAR can also be accessed from the link below. The City Storm Water Management Program Plan Documents are also available for public review at the Department of Public Works in City Hall. Comments and questions on the City Storm Water Management Program can be submitted to (516) 676-4402.
- Draft SWMPAR – click here for public review
- The Public Works Department is responsible for 75 center lane miles of roadway.
- The Administration Division is the framework for the Department of Public Works, overseeing various divisions, which include Highway, Sanitation, Drainage, Street Lighting, Signs, Trees, Central Vehicular Maintenance & City Buildings & Grounds. It is further responsible for all personnel, engineering projects, communications, accounting, billing, requisitioning of grants, preparation of the fiscal budget, and capital budget for the entire Public Works Department.
- Highway Division – The principal responsibilities include: road maintenance and repair, snow, ice and flood control. The highway department also directs the operation of drainage, signs, trees, sidewalks, curbs and sweepings.
- Drainage Division – This division is responsible for the maintenance of all catch basins and underground piping throughout the City.
- Sanitation Division – Collection and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste/Yard Waste for approximately 10,000 homes and businesses.
- Recycling Division – Collection and disposal of plastic, aluminum, glass, tin, newspaper, magazines, advertising inserts, and corrugated cardboard & assorted metals for approximately 10,000 homes and businesses.
- Street Lighting – The City receives and reports all street lighting issues to the City electrician who is responsible for maintaining the street lights on city streets, parks and public parking areas. When reporting a lighting problem, it is helpful to know a pole number or house number/street where the outage is located.
- Sign Division – Maintains all City street signs, traffic signs and billboards.
- Tree Division – Responsible for plantings, removals and trimmings.
- Buildings & Grounds Division – Responsible for all building services, including but not limited to general maintenance and repair of city facilities, municipal parking garages and lots.
- Central Vehicular Division – Services all vehicle stock for the DPW, water dept., senior center, parks & recreation, youth board, boxing club, building dept., code enforcement and golf course. This division is also responsible for removal of surplus inventory.
Department of Public Works
Manny Grella, General Foreman
Residential garbage is restricted to four (4) thirty gallon containers, weighing a maximum of 75 pounds, per collection day.
- The Department of Public Works will collect NORMAL amounts of refuse from premises. For ABNORMAL amounts, the Department of Public Works has the right to refuse material, defer collection, or collect material in part. Please keep garbage limits in mind for move-outs and plan ahead to use multiple garbage collection days to dispose of unwanted items.
- Large items such as couches, chairs, mattresses and other bulky items will be picked up with the normal garbage collection. PLEASE BE SURE TO REMOVE ALL METAL FRAMES FROM SOFABEDS. Items larger than 4ft should be broken down to 4ft and under, whenever possible.
- Injurious materials such as glass and metal with sharp edges, must be containerized so that the collector will not be injured handling them.
- Glass should be broken out of windows, doors and mirrors, and should be containerized by placing the pieces in a cardboard box, sealing it and labeling it “glass”.
- Any nails sticking out of a piece of wood must be removed or hammered down so that they are not sticking out and causing a potentially dangerous situation for the sanitation collector.
- No loose garbage should be placed in your garbage can. All refuse should be bagged before entering your garbage pail.
The City of Glen Cove WILL NOT pick up your grass clippings. Residents with proper ID may bring their grass clippings to the DPW Yard located at 100 Morris Avenue. Private Landscapers are NOT permitted to use this site for drop off.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated that the City of Glen Cove may no longer pick up residential grass clippings. The City has therefore implemented a “Don’t Bag It” policy. It is important for homeowners to recycle grass clippings by leaving the clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings are high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – all vital elements for the health of your lawn. You’ll save money by not having to fertilize your lawn as frequently. Clippings left on the lawn DO NOT contribute to the formation of thatch, and DO NOT increase the incidence of lawn diseases, but rather, they reduce water evaporation from the lawn, and help keep the soil cooler. Leaving your clippings on the lawn also saves you from the cost and effort of bagging the clippings.
Private landscapers must take bagged grass clippings to an approved waste disposal or composting facility the City of Glen Cove will NOT accept grass clippings from private Landscapers.
Composting is a great way to recycle your kitchen and yard waste and ultimately can be used for nutrient rich soil to grow healthy flowers and vegetables. Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle your biodegradable waste and can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can, and in turn, out of our landfills. Residents are encouraged to compost outside their homes
Prohibited Materials- The City of Glen Cove CANNOT accept the following materials:
- Construction, remodeling, repair and contract operations waste materials, such as bricks; plaster and plasterboard; shingles; roofing materials; concrete and asphalt; wooden pallets; and electrical and plumbing waste. These materials must be removed by a private contractor.
- Hazardous wastes, which include products that are flammable or explosive; radioactive materials; disinfectants; pesticides; light bulbs; propane tanks; automobile fluids (not to include Motor Oil). These items may be disposed of properly at the City’s annual S.T.O.P Program at 100 Morris Avenue. Please review the City Calendar for event date announcements.
- Electronic Waste such as; Televisions, computers, and batteries should be disposed of during our biannual E-Waste Program held at 100 Morris Avenue. Please review the City Calendar for event date announcements. The Sanitation Department no longer collects TVs curbside. This type of electronic must be properly recycled with our E-Waste Program or can be brought to the DPW Yard located at 100 Morris Avenue on Wednesdays between 7am-3pm.
In July of 2015, The City of Glen Cove adopted a new recycling program called Single Stream Recycling. ,Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclables, including newspaper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, junk mail, etc., are placed in a single bin or cart for recycling. These recyclables are collected by a single truck and taken to a sorting facility.
Items that are accepted as part of the new Single Stream Recycling program
- Junk Mail
- Phone Books
- Aerosol Cans
- Plastics 1-7 (Please Wash)
- Metal Tin
- Aluminum Containers
- Cardboard (Now collected on your regular recycling day)
- Shredded Paper (Please place in clear plastic bag)
Items that are NOT accepted as part of Single Stream Recycling
- Household Waste
- Plastic Bags
- Light Strings
- Garden Hoses
- Food Waste
- Wire Hangers
- Dry Cleaning Bags
Recycling Special Materials:
Since the City of Glen Cove no longer accepts waste oil, we encourage residents to drop off their waste oil at local service stations.
The City of Glen Cove will accept up to two dismounted tires per residential household annually. The rims must be removed and called in for Wednesday metal pick-up.
Your cooperation is needed in our effort to help the environment, ensure your safety and save tax payer dollars. Please take a moment to read this important information and adhere to ghe Glen Cove City Code.
Leaves and all yard waste must be placed in CLEAR plastic bags!
Wednesday is the day for leaf pick up
Please put them out on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning before 8 a.m. When leaves are not in clear bags or are mixed with other garbage or yard waste, the City must pay a “tipping fee” for disposal at the wast handling facility. Please help the City avoid unnecessary fees by bagging your leaves separately in clear plastic bags.
Composting is great for growing flowers and vegetables: it returns nutrients to the soil and saves City labor and equipment costs. More information on composting is available at City Hall
Do not rake or blow leaves into the street!
Raking or blowing leaves into the street becomes a safety hazard and is prohibited by the Glen Cove Municipal Code. Violations will be issued to both the homeowner and the landscaper if one is involved.
Commercial and Retail Property Maintenance
The owner or occupant of every commercial or retail facility in the City is responsible for keeping the sidewalks, curbs and adjoining parking areas clean and free from trash, dirt, weeds, rubbish and obstructions of any kind. Any accumulation of papers, boxes, debris, garbage, ashes, sweepings, cans or refuse should be cleaned up in a timely fashion. Failure to comply with the code may result in the issuance of court summonses.
Snow and ice must be removed from residential sidewalks in front of your home and all commercial properties within 12 hours of snowfall.
Residents are responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes. Slippery surfaces must be salted or sanded. It is especially important for those homeowners that reside in the vicinity of a neighborhood school to be sure that their sidewalks are shoveled. Children should not be forced to walk in the street because sidewalks have not been cleared of snow and ice.
When the Mayor declares a Snow Emergency, Glen Cove residents MUST adhere to the following rules:
- Residents must park their vehicles in their driveway. Those without a driveway must park on the odd side of the street. This will facilitate plowing and sanding of the streets—a necessity for the passage of emergency vehicles. It’s a good idea to park on the ODD side of the street even when just a few inches of snow accumulation is predicted. Cars parked on the even side of the street are subject to a summons and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Pursuant to the Municipal Code, snow and ice from the sidewalk must be removed from the front of residential and commercial premises within 12 hours of a snowfall. Slippery surfaces must be salted or sanded. Safe passage along the sidewalk for pedestrians the responsibility of the property owner. Each property owner is responsible for clearing the end of their individual driveways after the plows come through. It is common that there will be snow left at the end of your driveway after the plow has passed through. This is an inevitable effect of plowing the streets. Residents should remain patient during these circumstances, as the plow will do its best to maintain a snow free street, but some pile-up of snow outside the driveway will occur.
- MUNICIPAL CODE PROHIBITS the throwing or plowing of snow from a private residence or business into the middle of a City street. NONCOMPLIANCE MAY RESULT IN A SUMMONS BEING ISSUED.
- Residents and commercial property owners are asked to be a good neighbor and help out the volunteer fire department by digging out the fire hydrants near their property. If the sidewalk adjoining a property is a designated school bus stop, it is particularly important that it be cleared immediately to prevent injury.
- Reminder: To drive an ATV or Quad on public streets, the vehicle must be registered and insured.
The Glen Cove Youth Board has reliable young people in their “Rent-A-Kid” programs that are available to shovel snow for a reasonable fee. The board’s phone number is 671-4600.
Roads in Glen Cove Maintained by Nassau County DPW:
The following streets in Glen Cove are maintained by the Nassau County Department of Public Works and all issues (snow or general road conditions) concerning these roads should be referred directly to the County 516.571.6900.
Brewster Street, Cedar Swamp Road, Cottage Row, Crescent Beach Road, Dosoris Lane, Dosoris Way, Duck Pond Road, Ellwood Street, Forest Avenue, Glen Cove Avenue, Highland Road, Hill Street, Landing Road, Lattingtown Road, Pearsal Avenue, Pratt Boulevard, Sea Cliff Avenue, Shore Road, Skunks Misery Road, Town Path, Town Path Extension, Walnut Road. Every effort is made by the Glen Cove Department of Public Works to plow and sand city streets on a timely basis. Please exercise patience and understand that streets are plowed continuously throughout a snow storm and prioritized by frequency traveled and hazardous hilly areas.
For general inquiries call 516-676-2297
For questions or concerns regarding your water bill call 516-676-2238.
For emergencies after regular office hours call 516-656-2973.
Your Drinking Water
The water we deliver to our customers is of excellent quality, meeting and often exceeding local, state and federal standards or guidelines.
It is important for our consumers to be aware of the extensive monitoring required of all public water suppliers. Glen Cove Water must comply with strictly enforced standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Health Department, and the Nassau County Department of Health Services. New York State’s are among the most stringent water standards in the nation.
The City also is required to routinely monitor its system by testing the water both at the wellhead and within the distribution system for a wide range of parameters, including bacteria, inorganic chemicals such as nitrate, chloride, lead and volatile organic compounds, including benzene and trichloroethylene. We are required by law to test for volatile organic compounds at each well site four(4) times a year. However, if there is an environmental concern in the vicinity of any of our wells, or if minute traces of a regulated constituent have already been found at a well site, the City will opt to test on a more regular basis, which may mean weekly, bi-weekly or monthly testing. We believe, to truly ensure a safe drinking water supply for all our customers at all times, a conservative or precautionary approach is necessary and in the public’s best interest.
When wells are in need of remediation, the City utilizes Granular Activated Carbon (GAC’s) systems to filter and purify the water. Currently more than half of the City’s water supply is being filtered. That is why we believe “prevention” of the contamination of the water supply is paramount.
In addition to monitoring, the Nassau County Health Department also routinely performs tests of the public water supply at the wellhead and at various parts in the distribution system. The purpose of all this monitoring is to ensure that the highest quality water is served to consumers.
Water Quality Reports
- 2016 Water Quality Report
- 2015 Water Quality Report
- 2014 Water Quality Report
- 2013 Water Quality Report
- 2012 Water Quality Report
- 2011 Water Quality Report
While the City has a plentiful water supply, water should not be wasted. There are a number of things you can do around your home or business to conserve water and save you money in the process. Remember, you pay for the water that you use.
Outside your home or business
Water your lawn efficiently. Only water once or twice per week, but for longer periods of time. You should put down about 1½ to 2 inches of water per week. Make certain that you are not applying water to the street or driveway when watering. As silly as this might sound, don’t water in the rain. If you have an automatic in ground irrigation system, use your manual override to turn off your system in the rain. Keep your in ground system in good repair. Fix or replace broken sprinkler heads and be mindful of saturated areas in your lawns or gardens. Very wet areas may indicate a leak in your system or that you are overwatering in this area. Use a trigger nozzle on your outdoor hose. This will automatically shut off the running water when the hose is not in use. Check outside faucets for leaks. With freezing and thawing, your outside faucets can develop leaks. If a leak exists, have it repaired as soon as possible. Consider using mulch in your gardens. This helps maintain moisture in the soil and will allow you to water less often. It cuts down on weeding too!
Inside Your Home or Business
Check leaky faucets and have them repaired as soon as possible. Even a small leak can waste over 70 gallons of water a day. If it is the hot water faucet that is leaking, you’re also wasting energy (oil, gas, or electric) to heat the leaking water! Silent leaks in toilets are a big waste of water. You can put vegetable food dye or even the last of the coffee in your coffee pot into the tank (not the bowl) to check for a leak. Let the water sit for a few hours and then check to see if the water in the toilet bowl is discolored. If it is, you have a silent leak! Repair it promptly. Toilets that run periodically indicate a leaking toilet, another waste of water in need of repair. Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads. If you must run your washing machine with less than a full load, adjust the water level accordingly. Consider replacing showerheads with water conserving heads. They’ve come a long way and now provide a good flow and pressure while conserving water. Also consider replacing faucet aerators with water conserving units. The way in which you use water on a day-to-day basis can greatly affect the total amount of water you use each day.
The Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s Streets, including Street Sweeping, R.O.W., Tree Maintenance, Snow & Ice Control, Curb/Sidewalk Maintenance, Traffic Signage, and Street Lighting System.
Asphalt & Concrete Repairs:
The City of Glen Cove focuses significant resources on an annual basis in the preservation of its asphalt paved lane miles of streets. As part of the City’s annual capital program, streets are repaired on a priority basis. An assessment is conducted during the Fall/Winter preceding the annual program. The program is prioritized by major roadways and thoroughfares, pavement condition, and ride ability.
It should be noted that some roads may warrant repaving, but may be deferred because another capital improvement project, such as a water, storm drainage, or sewer line replacement, is being planned in the near future.
The Highway Department is also responsible for pothole repairs throughout the City. Please report potholes on City Streets by calling DPW 516.676.4402.
Water and freezing temperature related damage is a common reason for potholes. Therefore more potholes occur during the winter season. During these times it may take longer to respond to requests because of the work volume and temperature conditions. Asphalt cannot be applied effectively in wet and extremely cold conditions.
Part of the annual road program includes the repair and replacement of existing sidewalks. The criteria considered is the severity of the sidewalk damage or deflection and proximity to a large number of other sidewalks requiring repair.
Requests for street surface or sidewalk repairs may be relayed directly to the department at 516-676-4402 during normal business hours. If you are reporting a particularly large pothole that is disrupting the flow of traffic, alert the dispatcher (676-4853) that a barricade may be required.
Nassau County Department of Public Works maintains twenty-one (21) main roadways within the City limits. Requests for street surface may be relayed directly to the Highway and Bridge Maintenance Department at 516-571-6935 or NCDPW Glen Cove Yard at 516-571-8055. For a list of the roads maintained by the County, please refer to section regarding snow removal.
Traffic control signage and traffic signal installations must conform to the U.S. and New York State Department of Transportation Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
This manual requires a study be conducted to determine, among other things, traffic and pedestrian volumes, number and type of accidents at the location, and sight distances.
City traffic and regulatory signs are replaced or repaired by the Highway Department. Requests for maintenance to existing street and traffic control signage can be relayed directly to the department at 516-676-4200
Nassau County Department of Traffic Engineering maintains the traffic signal system (traffic lights) found within the City. To report a traffic signal problem, please contact the County at 516-571-4122.
Street Lighting System:
The City street lighting system is designed to address the necessary lighting for safe vehicle operation and safe pedestrian movement. The City privately contracts with a Licensed Electrician to maintain the street lighting system in proper working condition. Street Light outages should be reported directly to 516.676.4402.
Right of Way:
All private construction and/or maintenance activities that take place within the City right-of-way are subject to oversight by the City. This is most usually accomplished via a permit application and review process.
- Special Events: (e.g. parades, block parties, carnivals, road festivals, etc.) which are to be held in whole or part in municipal streets and rights-of-way are regulated by way of a permit process. Contact the City Clerk’s office for further information 516.676.3345.
- Dumpster Permits: Residents are permitted to have a dumpster on their private property, such as on their driveway, without the issuance of a City Permit. If a resident wishes to place a dumpster or container on a City Street; a Permit for the Temporary Obstruction of Highway must be obtained. Please call DPW 516.676.4402 and inform them of the location – street and exact placement of dumpster / container, purpose of container, name and phone number of resident, name and phone number of dumpster company . The City inspector will then make a site visit to assure the location of the proposed placement is safe. If the location is approved, a fee of $75.00 is required to obtain a permit that will be valid for 60 days from issuance. The dumpster must have the Company name on it and reflectors. The resident must submit a certificate of insurance naming the City as additionally insured.
- Curb Cut and Road Opening Permits:
- Curb Cut: Sidewalk and driveway construction/repair which takes place within City right-of-way is regulated by a permit process in order to assure optimal user safety. For new residential driveway installation, or to widen a driveway, one must; stake or spray the intended width; not to exceed 22 feet maximum, and must be installed a minimum of one foot zero inches (side yard setback) from the nearest adjacent property line. No driveway may have a dimension exceeding 22 feet in width within the front yard setback and must be installed a minimum of two feet zero inches (side yard setback) from the nearest adjacent property line. The Water Department will conduct an inspection to ensure safe digging. Residents must also dial 811 at least 2 business days, but no more than 10 business days before any excavation starts to ensure safe digging involving other utilities. The fee for a Curb Cut Permit is $175.00. For more information please call DPW 516.676.4402.
Road Opening: Utility construction and maintenance activities that require a Road Opening are also regulated by permit. An applicant must provide the purpose of the opening, who is requesting the opening, the location of the work and the size of the opening(s). The cost for the Road Opening Permit is based upon the following: $275.00 for the Road Opening itself, plus an additional deposit based upon the size of the opening and the material that is being utilized. Asphalt Openings (Streets) are calculated at the rate of $30.00 per square foot. Concrete (Sidewalks) are calculated at the rate of $45.00 per square foot. For example, an asphalt opening that is 3ft X 4ft (12 sq ft) will cost $275.00 plus $360.00 deposit for a total of $635.00. A concrete opening of the same size 3ft X 4ft (12 sq ft) will cost $275.00 plus $540.00 for a total of $815.00. The deposit is returnable with the approval of the final inspection 24 months after the original permit is issued. Questions regarding the activities of a particular utility within the right-of-way may be directed to the phone number below.
Permit applications and detailed instructions are available on the 3rd floor of City Hall, Room 301, 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove, New York. For telephone inquiries call (516) 676-4278.
Trees on private property that are more than 8 inches in diameter at a height of 4 feet above the ground require a permit prior to removal. Applications can be submitted in person at City Hall’s Department of Public Works, Room 301, 9 Glen Street, or mailed to the same address. They can also be faxed to 516.676.3104. There is a $10.00 per tree inspection fee required to process the application. We do not accept credit cards. Please physically mark the tree you would like inspected with a ribbon or tape. Most applications will be approved or denied within a week. If approved, the permit will be mailed to your residence immediately upon approval. For further questions, please contact DPW at 516.676.4402.