Engineering


City Engineer Jason LaMonaco, P.E. 
Assistant Engineer Brian Doyle

Tonawanda City Hall
 
200 Niagara Street                                     
Phone: (716)  695-8624    
Fax: 716-743-8870 
Tonawanda, New York 14150
Office Hours: 8:30  am – 4:30 PM

Mission Statement

The City of Tonawanda Engineering  Department shall perform professional design, construction, and administration  of improving storm and sanitary lines, roadways, bridges, and other  potential projects. The Department shall use the latest in technology and  engineering techniques to improve service and reduce cost. Prioritizing,  planning, and building the City's infrastructure presents a constant challenge  because of its age and condition. We continually strive to meet the needs of  City residents, businesses, and departments by responding to information  requests.

Responsibilities

Maps

Current Projects

Permits
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

STORMWATER - This page is for informational flyers.


CITY RIGHT-OF-WAY

  • PAVEMENT
  • CURBS
  • SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY  APRONS

CITY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

UTILITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL

  • PUMP STATIONS
  • WALES AVENUE LANDFILL
  • SPAULDING FIBRE
  • STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
  • SANITARY SEWERS
  • STORM SEWERS

ADMINISTRATION

  • ENGINEERING
  • PLANNING
  • ESTIMATING
  • DESIGN
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • INSPECTION

ARCHIVES

  • CAPITAL PROJECTS
  • AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

REPORTING

CURRENT PROJECTS



Central Business District Zoning and Master Plan Update

 Status:     Ongoing 

Scope:     Develop and implement master plan and zoning revisions to ensure uses  and development consistent with community goals

Completion:     2017


  

Planning and Design of Revitalization Projects for Gateway Harbor and the  Niagara River

Status:      
Ongoing

Scope:     Identify and develop projects to be added to the Local Waterfront  Revitalization Program.  Develop three alternative uses for the area along both  sides of Young Street between Broad and Main.  Plans shall include a mix of  recreational, residential, and commercial uses.  Perform a structural evaluation  on the Spaulding Fibre intake structure.  Based upon results design either a  scenic overlook point utilizing the structure or prepare plans for demolition.

Completion:     2017


Gravity overflow monitoring

 Status:     Ongoing

Scope:     Install flow monitoring equipment at all gravity overflow locations  within the collection system.  Monitor overflow locations weekly and report data  to the NYSDEC on a monthly basis.

Completion:      IContinuous monitoring and reporting. 

 

2016 Sidewalk Replacement Project

 Status:      Substantially Complete

Scope:      Replace damaged sidewalk at various locations within the City of  Tonawanda

Completion:      Late 2016

 

 Veterans Park Subdivision

Status:     Ongoing

Scope:     In process of determing future land use and selecting a potential developer.

Completion:     Project on-going.

 

Water Treatment Plant Redevelopment

 Status:      Demolition complete

Completion:     Property ready for redevelopment

 
Niagara River Stream Bank Stabilization

Status: Construction Phase

Scope: Stabilize stream bank from the north end of Niawanda Park to the City boat launch area.

Completion: Spring 2017

 

Soft Armor NYSDEC Demonstration Project

Status: On-going

Scope: Protect the shoreline utilizing various plantings and natural vegetation in lieu of traditional concrete or stone rip rap (hard armor).  Stabilization methods include coconut rolls, erosion control fabric, soil and stone fill, and plantings.

Completion: 2017

 

Niagara River Sheet Pile Repair

Status: Design Phase

Scope: The existing sheet pile wall forming the Niagara River boundary along the Riverwalk exhibits signs of wear and damage.  A portion of the sheet pile wall is moving outward, away from the soil it is retaining. The proposed remediation includes the stabilization of approximately 100 linear feet of sheet piles. The plan includes using buried tie-rods attached to the face of the sheet pile using steel wales and anchored to deadman caissons installed behind the sheet pile.

 

Completion: Late 2017

 

City Hall & Police Headquarters Stand-By Power Generation

Status: Design Phase

Scope: Replace the original, existing generator at City Hall with an exterior diesel generator to meet the existing building loads and future capacity.

Completion: Late 2016

 

Intermodal Hub Facility, Phase 1 

Status: Construction Phase

Scope: Demolition of the existing City parking lot and construction of a new bathroom house with utilities and bicycle rider rest station, new concrete and paver-surfaced pedestrian surfaces, earthwork and landscaping and new paved surfaces with site lighting and furniture.

Completion: Mid 2017

 

Rails to Trails Extension

Status: Design Phase

Scope: Extend existing rails to trails path at State Street to connect to the existing Canalway Trail at Fillmore Ave and East Niagara St.

Completion: Late 2017

 

2016 CDBG Sanitary Sewer Lining

Status: Construction Phase

Scope: Rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer on Klinger Avenue and Erie Street.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include: cured-in-place sanitary sewer lining and lateral reinstatement; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.

Completion: Late 2016

 

2017 CDBG Sanitary Sewer Lining

Status: Preparing grant application

Scope: Rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer within the Phase 3 SSES area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include: cured-in-place sanitary sewer lining and lateral reinstatement; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.

Completion: Late 2017

 

Phase 4 Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation For Order On Consent Compliance

Status: Substantially Complete

Scope: Identify locations in the sanitary sewer collection system found to be defective within the Phase 4 area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include:  sanitary sewer replacement; Cured-in-Place sanitary sewer lining and lateral connections; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include: manhole replacement at sites of sewer replacement; manhole lining and grouting; manhole chimney rebuilding; manhole bench and trough rebuilding; manhole chimney sealing to prevent inflow and infiltration.

Completion: Late 2016

Phase 5 Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation For Order On Consent Compliance

Status: Construction Phase   

Scope: Identify locations in the sanitary sewer collection system found to be defective within the Phase 5 area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include:  sanitary sewer replacement; Cured-in-Place sanitary sewer lining and lateral connections; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include: manhole replacement at sites of sewer replacement; manhole lining and grouting; manhole chimney rebuilding; manhole bench and trough rebuilding; manhole chimney sealing to prevent inflow and infiltration.

Completion: Mid 2017

 

Mini-System No. 14 Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation For Order On Consent Compliance

Status: Construction Phase

Scope: Identify locations in the sanitary sewer collection system found to be defective within the Mini-System No. 14 area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include:  sanitary sewer replacement; Cured-in-Place sanitary sewer lining and lateral connections; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include: manhole replacement at sites of sewer replacement; manhole lining and grouting; manhole chimney rebuilding; manhole bench and trough rebuilding; manhole chimney sealing to prevent inflow and infiltration.

Completion: Mid 2017

 

Phase 6 Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation For Order On Consent Compliance

Status: Design Phase

Scope: Identify locations in the sanitary sewer collection system found to be defective within the Phase 6 area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include:  sanitary sewer replacement; Cured-in-Place sanitary sewer lining and lateral connections; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include: manhole replacement at sites of sewer replacement; manhole lining and grouting; manhole chimney rebuilding; manhole bench and trough rebuilding; manhole chimney sealing to prevent inflow and infiltration.

Completion: Late 2017

 

Phase 7 Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation For Order On Consent Compliance

Status: Investigation Phase

Scope: Identify locations in the sanitary sewer collection system found to be defective within the Phase 7 area.  Sewer rehabilitation methods include:  sanitary sewer replacement; Cured-in-Place sanitary sewer lining and lateral connections; CCTV inspection; root removal; and test and seal sanitary lateral connections.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include: manhole replacement at sites of sewer replacement; manhole lining and grouting; manhole chimney rebuilding; manhole bench and trough rebuilding; manhole chimney sealing to prevent inflow and infiltration.

Completion: Late 2018

 

Isleview and Ellicott Creek Pump Station Improvements

Status: Design Phase

Scope: Replace existing air compressor and pressurized tank with a duplex submersible pumping system, piping and valves inside the concrete chamber at the Isleview sanitary pump station.  Install a 35 hp submersible pump and 12-inch discharge piping on the eastern side of the Ellicott Creek Road stormwater pump station.  The installation of a duplex submersible pumping system at Isleview and a second submersible pump at Ellicott Creek will provide added pumping capacity and pump redundancy.

Completion: TBD

  

MAPS

CITY STREET MAP

ELECTION DISTRICTS - LINK TO ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

ZONING MAP

SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM

STORM SEWER SYSTEM

WETLANDS

TAX MAPS

FLOOD MAPS

 

Copies of these maps are available for  purchase from the Engineering Department at the following rates:

            8 ½” x 11” -    $0.25

            11”x17” -        $1.50

            24”x36” -        $3.00

            Oversize -      $5.00


 

 

PERMITS

 

RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMIT

 This permit is available from the Engineering Department and is  required for any work on City property.

 This  permit is required for, but not limited to:

 Sidewalks

Driveway aprons

Excavations in the pavement and shoulders of the street

Curbs

          Bubblers*

          Sanitary sewer laterals*

          Water services*

          Any other unlisted work on City  property

 Either the homeowner must perform all work or a  Contractor licensed to work in the City of Tonawanda.

 *A licensed plumber must perform bubbler,  sanitary sewer, and water line work  

 

Fees:

(1)   For a street cut (curb to curb area), per location:

a.  The fee shall be $200.00 for an excavation of three by six feet.
b. The fee shall be $10.00 per linear foot of an excavation beyond either  the length or width specified above.

(2)   For an inside cut (inside the curb to the property line), per location:  $30.00 

(3) Public  utilities fee, per location: $30.00.  If utilities provide complete restoration  pursuant to specifications on file with the engineering department, they are  exempt from the fees mentioned above.

 

Checks should be made out to the  City of Tonawanda Treasurer.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Will the City replace my  sidewalk?

 City sidewalks  are replaced based on their condition and available funds.  The Engineering  Department takes requests for sidewalk replacement continually.  Once every year  all sidewalk requests are evaluated and rated.  The sidewalks that represent the  greatest hazard to public safety are replaced first until the sidewalk budget is  exhausted.   Sidewalk  replacement is performed by a contractor and is bid and let once per year.  If a sidewalk  represents an immediate hazard the Department of Public Works can install an  asphalt patch.

 

EPA STORM WATER PHASE  II                                                                

 The City of Tonawanda is a participating member in the Western New York  Storm water Coalition.                        

The Western New  York Storm water Coalition is a forum for the regulated communities to share  resources and work in partnership toward compliance with the United States  Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Phase II Storm water requirements. The  overall goal of the Coalition is to utilize regional collaboration to identify  existing resources and develop programs to reduce the negative impacts of  storm water pollution.

The U.S. EPA  Phase II Rule requires operators of small municipal separate storm sewer systems  (MS4s) to develop and implement a storm water management program that addresses  six minimum controls. The six minimum controls are:

  1. Public education & outreach
  2. Public participation & involvement
  3.  Illicit discharge detection & elimination
  4.  Construction site runoff control
  5.  Post-construction site runoff control
  6.  Pollution prevention & good housekeeping for municipal operations

For information  on the Coalition and how it is working to address the requirements of the Phase  II Storm water Rule, or to learn more about preventing storm water pollution,  contact the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning at (716) 858-6370  or download the Household Guide to Preventing Storm water Pollution.

Erie County’s  Storm water Phase II website:  http://www.erie.gov/environment/compliance/pollution_sw2.asp

   

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