Highway Superintendent – Kurt Rappazzo, P.E.

 COVID-19 / Corona Virus Update

Gates Highway department is ramping up staffing as we are now in Phase 1 stage. WE WILL NOT BE FOLLOWING OUR NORMAL ROUTINE AND PICKUP SCHEDULES.  Instead we will be splitting the town into 1/2  North and South  –   North side of Buffalo Road (West of Howard  Rd/ North Lyell Ave)  and the South Side of Buffalo Rd (East Howard / South Lyell Ave).  We will be alternating weeks for pickup.

North Side –  May 18th & Jun 1st    South Side –  May 25th & Jun 8th

Click here for Map of Temporary Pickup

First and foremost we wanted to personally say Thank You to all of those residents who have helped and showed patience with us during this unprecedented time we’re facing while we continue to deal with this pandemic and time of NY PAUSE.  We truly appreciate your continued efforts to help KEEP GATES CLEAN over these past 2 months while we’ve been working with reduced staff.  Our Highway crew has done a tremendous job along with your efforts managing the brush pickup throughout the town.  We finally have had the opportunity to convert some of our plow trucks and have decided to perform a LEAF PICKUP for 2 WEEKS ONLY starting the week of May 11th (North Side) and May 18th (South side).  We will only be picking up medium/large piles of leaves.   If your pile is small enough to fit in your garbage tote PLEASE do so as this will minimize the frequent stopping and allow us more collection time to get through the town.   If we find brush / sticks / garbage are mixed in your pile we will NOT be picking them up as it WILL damage our leaf machines and we will not risk this.  Please continue to separate them if you want the leaves picked up. We also ask that you do not place them in the roadway or street gutter as that is a violation.

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation during these unprecedented times and are looking forward to returning to some normalcy in the near future.    If you have any questions, please call us at 247-6100, or continue to check here  for up-to-date information.

Message from our Highway Superintendent, Kurt Rappazzo

On behalf of the Town of Gates Highway Department, I would like to welcome you to the Town, and make you aware of some of the services our department offers. The responsibilities of the department vary and include: snow and ice control, pavement maintenance and repair, street signage, curbside collection of brush, fall leaf collection, maintenance of storm sewers and drainage channels and maintenance of all highway equipment.
Specific Services provided by the Highway Department are listed below.

Contact Information

The Highway Department is located at 475 Trabold Road, Rochester, NY 14624. All calls go to the Town Hall receptionist as there is not an attendee located at our Highway Department facility.

Please contact us at:

  • Highway Department: (585) 247-1044
  • Town of Gates-Main: (585) 247-6100

Town of Gates Plowing

In the winter, snow and ice removal is done by our highway crews. Should your mailbox be damaged during snowplowing, it is the Town’s policy to replace it with a standard rural mailbox with wood post only.

Free Mulch!

Residents may collect and enjoy the free mulch located at the Highway Building, 475 Trabold Road, Rochester, NY 14624, between the Spring and Fall season. You do not need to call ahead.

*** PLEASE NOTE:  the available, quantity of mulch, varies***

 Weekly Pickups: Spring, Summer & Fall

To obtain your collection day, please search your address on our street pick up page: In order for Highway personnel or equipment to pick up items listed below, please DO NOT put any of the following in bags or garbage pales or barrels

  • Shrubs (Piles), Tree branches 6-8 ft. lengths (please make sure they are all pointing in same direction)
  • Clean wood (no nails)  4 ft. lengths
  • Dirt (Small piles), Sod, Small Stone, Sand (Small piles)
  • Concrete & Rocks
  • Un-bagged Leaves (Fall season only – beginning October through Thanksgiving. Schedule for leaf collection varies and make efforts to obtain weekly, weather and volume permitting. After this time please bag them for your normal garbage company to pick-up.)

*** PLEASE NOTE:  If you ( the resident) contract with a PRIVATE lawn or tree removal service it is the responsibility of the HIRED CONTRACTOR to properly remove & dispose the said material as required by Gates Town Code. Chapter 133-5 B.5(C) Property Maintenance and Chapter 155- Solid Waste Management****  You may be subject to a fine or penalty.

One time a year pickup (usually 1 day in May)

  • UN-mounted Tires (2 per household)

Items that Highway Department does not pick up:

  • Electronics (TV’s, Computers, Radios, etc.)   Residents must dispose of them by bringing them to recycling facility. (Please refer to for electronic recycling places or contact your refuse company.)
  • Furniture (Couches, Love seat, Chairs, Mattresses, etc.)
  • Appliances (Refrigerators, Stove/Oven, Washers, Dryers, etc.)
  • Grass (Your local garbage company will)
  • Paint or other Household Hazardous Waste
  • Building Materials (Drywall, Siding or Tile, etc.)

Please complete the online submission to report any issue(s) to our Highway Department.

Only Rain Down the Drain!

Help protect Storm water, a natural resource, from pollution. Do our part; if you see a pollution problem, immediately call us at (585) 247-6100 ext 247. Learn more about reducing storm water pollution, visit the H20 Hero website: .

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