Highway Superintendent – Kurt Rappazzo, P.E.


LEAF PICKUP Update: Leave Pickup  Director of Public Works/Highway Superintendent  Kurt Rappazzo  

Just wanted to give all our residents an update.  A year ago we were hit with 18 inches of snow.  Not this year.  With the wonderful weather we’ve been experiencing we’ve been concentrating our efforts on leaf pickup.  We have had 6 trucks dispersed solely for this efforts and have extended our days and even weekends to keep up with the collection. We make every effort to follow the same pickup schedule through the town but with the volume of leaves  falling are noticing it is taking us longer and more than one day to complete each route. It roughly takes us 2 to 3 weeks to get through the entire town and we understand the pressure it is putting on you having to re-rake them.    We are asking for your understanding and patience with this as we get through our routes.  We are also asking that you do not push the leaves out into the road and gutter as it may cause issues with visibility and drainage.  Please do not mix brush with leaves as it will damage our machines as the risk would be to have one less vehicle out there for collection.  Starting the week of Nov 16th we will start posting the neighborhoods we will be in on a daily basis in efforts to assist you on our Facebook page “Town of Gates News”.  please check us out and follow us. 

 If this isn’t an option you always can bag your leaves and place them in your garbage for your refuse companies to take.  Thank you.    


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

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.

 Weekly Pickups: Spring, Summer,  Fall & Winter (Weather permitting)

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 or bent over to prevent injury)  4 ft. lengths- NOT WOOD FURNITURE
  • Dirt (Small piles), Sod, Small Stone, Sand (Small piles)
  • Concrete & Rocks
  • Un-bagged Leaves (Fall season only – beginning October through December. 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 tree removal service it required by Gates Town Code Chapter 133-5 B.5(C) Property Maintenance and Chapter 155- Solid Waste Management of the HIRED CONTRACTOR to properly remove & dispose the said material ****  You may be subject to a fine or penalty.

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
  • Construction Debris / Building Materials (Drywall, Siding, Cabinets, Roof Shingles or Tile, etc.)

One time a year pickup (usually 1st week in May)

  • UN-mounted Tires (2 per household)

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

Free Mulch!*** PLEASE NOTE:  the available, quantity of mulch, varies***

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.


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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