Engineering


Jason LaMonaco, P.E. 
Tonawanda City Hall
 
200 Niagara Street                                     
EMAIL: engineer@ci.tonawanda.ny.us
Phone: (716)  695-8624    
Fax: 716-743-8870 
Tonawanda, New York 14150
Office Hours: 8  am – 4 PM

 

Mission Statement

The City of Tonawanda Engineering  Department shall perform professional design, construction, and administration  of improving waterlines, 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

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

  • SPAULDING FIBRE - RESTORE NY
  • SPAULDING FIBRE - FEDERAL FUNDING
  • SPAULDING FIBRE - ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROGRAM
  • SPAULDING FIBRE - ZONING AND MASTER PLAN UPDATE
  • SPAULDING FIBRE - BROWNFIELD OPPORTUNITY AREA
  • CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT ZONING AND MASTER PLAN UPDATE
  • PLANNING AND DESIGN OF  REVITALIZATION PROJECTS FOR GATEWAY HARBOR AND THE NIAGARA RIVER
  • FIRE HALL ROOF REPLACEMENT
  • FIRE HALL EXPANSION
  • MAIN PUMP STATION UPGRADE
  • INFLOW/INFILTRATION INVESTIGATION
  • GRAVITY OVERFLOW MONITORING
  • 2008 SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT
  • MAIN STREET BEAUTIFICATION
  • VIRGINIA STREET RECONSTRUCTION
  • BENTON STREET IMPROVEMENTS
  • JOHNSON STREET IMPROVEMENTS
  • MOYLE AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS
  • GIBSON STREET PHASE 1 IMPROVEMENTS
  • VETERAN'S PARK SUBDIVISION
  • NIAGARA STREET CULVERT OVER TWO MILE CREEK
  • ADA COMPLIANT FISHING PIER
  • WATER TREATMENT PLANT REDEVELOPMENT
  • GIS NEED ASSESSMENT

 CURRENT PROJECTS

 

Spaulding Fibre – Restore NY

 Status:    Construction Phase

Scope:    Asbestos removal and demolition of remaining above ground structures  (+/-460,000 sq.ft.).  Some basement, slab and foundation removal.

Completion:     Late 2009

 

Spaulding Fibre – Federal Funding

 Status:      Contract Pending

Scope:      Basement, slab, and foundation removal.  Partial remediation.

Completion:     TBD

 

Spaulding Fibre – Environmental Restoration Program

 Status:      Design Phase

Scope:      Site investigation, remedial design, remedial action (as required)

Completion:     Mid 2010

 

Spaulding Fibre – Zoning and Master Plan Update

 Status:     Study Phase

Scope:     Develop and implement master plan and zoning revisions to accommodate  future use of the Spaulding Fibre property

Completion:     Early 2009

 

Central Business District Zoning and Master Plan Update

 Status:     Study Phase

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

Completion:     Early 2009


  

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

Status:      Study Phase

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:     Early 2009


Fire Hall Roof Replacement

 Status:     Substantially Complete

Scope:     Replace the existing leaking membrane roof with a new membrane roof.   Add pitch to the flat roof to ensure proper drainage.  Repair roof top units

Completion:      Substantially Complete

 

Fire Hall Expansion

 Status:     Preliminary Design Complete

Scope:     Prepare design for expansion of the City of Tonawanda Fire Hall.   Expansion shall include additional vehicle bays to alleviate congestion,  additional office space, and additional space for paid and volunteer fire  companies.  Alternative designs include a one-story addition, full two-story  addition, and a two-story addition with the second story left as a shell with  interior work to be completed at a later date.

Completion:      Preliminary Design Complete.

 

Main Pump Station Pump Replacement

 Status:     Construction Phase

Scope:     Demolish existing Pumps No. 1 and No. 2 including motors and  controls.  Modify suction and discharge piping.  Demolish existing seal water  pumps including motors and controls.  Demolish existing bubbler system.   Demolish existing comminutors.  Make structural modifications, including access  hatches, required to remove existing equipment and install new equipment.   Install new Pumps No. 1 and No. 2 including controls and motors.  Install new  variable frequency drives and harmonic filter.  Install new pressure transducer  level sensing equipment.

Completion:     Early 2009


    Inflow/Infiltration Investigation

 Status:     Consultant Selection

Scope:     Monitor sanitary sewer collection system to identify potential areas  of excess inflow/infiltration.  Conduct field investigations including manhole  inspection, smoke testing, and dye testing to identify sources of  inflow/infiltration.  Evaluate system performance.  Identify future projects to  address areas of concern and to reduce/eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.

Completion:     Late 2009

 

Gravity overflow monitoring

 Status:     Construction

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:      Installation complete.  Continuous monitoring and reporting. 

 

2008 Sidewalk Replacement Project

 Status:      Substantially Complete

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

Completion:      Substantially Complete

 

Main Street Beautification

 Status:     Substantially Complete

Scope:     Beautify project area along Main Street from the City line near  Delton St. to Franklin.  Project includes installation of new curbs, sidewalk,  trees, decorative colored/stamped concrete, roadway mill and overlay.

Completion:      Substantially Complete

 

Virginia Street Reconstruction

 Status:     Complete

Scope:     Project includes installation of new sidewalk, new sanitary sewer,  new waterline, new curbs and full depth pavement reconstruction.

Completion:      Complete

 

Benton Street Improvements

 Status:     Complete

Scope:     Project includes new sanitary sewer installation, catch basin  replacement, pavement mill and overlay.

Completion:      Complete

 

Johnson Street Improvements

 Status:     Prepared grant application and submitted to County

Scope:     Install new waterline, partial sidewalk replacement, and pavement  mill & overlay.

Completion:     Project pending grant award

 

Moyle Avenue Improvements

Status:     Prepared grant application and submitted to County

Scope:     Install new sidewalks, pavement mill and overlay.

Completion:     Project pending grant award

 

Gibson Street Phase 1 Improvements

Status:     Prepared grant application and submitted to County

Scope:     Project area includes Gibson from Dodge to Enterprise.  Project  includes partial sidewalk replacement, pavement mill and overlay.

Completion:     Project pending grant award

 

Veterans Park Subdivision

Status:     Survey Phase

Scope:     Prepare boundary, wetland, and parcel information for potential  developers.

Completion:     Survey complete.  Project on-going.

 

Niagara Street Culvert Over Two Mile Creek

Status:     Identification of potential funding sources

Scope:     Replace existing culvert on Niagara Street over Two Mile Creek.  New  structure will be sized to accommodate hydraulic issues.  Final scope depends  upon available funding.

Completion:     Pending project funding

 

ADA Compliant Fishing Pier

 Status:     Design Phase

Scope:     Installation of an ADA compliant fishing pier along the south shore  of Ellicott Creek across from the Long Homestead.  Project includes ramps and  sidewalk required for access to pier.

Completion: Final pier location and design pending completion of the Planning  and Design of Waterfront Revitalization projects for Gateway Harbor and the  Niagara River.

 

Water Treatment Plant Redevelopment

 Status:      Environmental Investigation

Scope:        Complete Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments at  the Water Treatment Plant to determine the extent of environmental contamination  at the site.  Project will include recommended action (if required).

Completion:     Late 2008

 

GIS Needs Assessment

Status:      Study Phase

Scope:        Follow New York State Department of Education guidelines to  identify potential uses for GIS within all City Departments.  Evaluate existing  capabilities and equipment.

Completion:     Late 2008
  

MAPS

CITY STREET MAP

ELECTION DISTRICTS

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

The Western New  York Storm water Coalition has developed nine educational brochures to assist  target businesses with preventing storm water pollution. To download a brochure,  click on the link listed below:


  1.   Automotive & Related Industries
  2.  Construction Site Storm water Runoff Control
  3.    Concrete & Mortar Operations
  4.  Roadwork & Paving Concrete & Mortar Operations
  5.    Food & Restaurant Industries
  6.  Pools, Fountains & Spas
  7.  Mobile Cleaners: Carpet, Upholstery Cleaners, Janitorial Service Providers
  8.  Hospitals, Medical Treatment Centers & Healthcare Facilities
  9.  Pesticide Application, Lawn Care and Landscaping

   

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