The Engineering Department designs, inspects, and reviews various construction and reconstruction projects in the Town of Ithaca

Most projects the Engineering Department oversees fall into the following categories:

  • Highway Infrastructure
  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Stormwater
  • Sanitary Sewer
  • Potable Water
  • GIS Mapping
  • Development Review
public works construction sketch

Road reconstruction projects support safe transportation and infrastructure.

road constructin project

Stormwater projects ensure that the sanitary sewer and stormwater pipe network are separated.

The Town of Ithaca is an MS4(Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System), meaning the sanitary sewer and stormwater pipe network are separated. This helps lower wastewater treatment costs and prevent high flows during a rainstorm from overwhelming the wastewater treatment plant, since stormwater doesn’t need to be treated.

stormwater diagram

The Town of Ithaca aims to prevent pollutants from construction sites and illicit connections from entering the storm network and contaminating Cayuga Lake and other water bodies.

silt log
Silt Log At Saunders Park.

Sewer projects help keep stormwater out of the sanitary network.

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation projects can help prevent the inflow and infiltration (I&I) of stormwater into the sanitary network. High levels of I&I can overwhelm the wastewater treatment plant during rainstorms. Stormwater can enter the sanitary sewer system either via direct connection (inflow) or deficiencies in infrastructure (infiltration).





Water projects protect the delivery of potable water to Ithaca residents.

Bolton Point supplies water to most Town of Ithaca residents.

Water Tower

water tower

Water Main Replacement

water main replacement

GIS mapping projects assist in identifying areas in need of rehabilitation.

The Engineering Department develops maps using GIS that help identify utility improvements and keep track of maintenance.

project map

Department Staff

Daniel Thaete, P.E.

Director of Engineering


David O’Shea

Senior Civil Engineer


Justin McNeal

Civil Engineer


Sam Harris

Engineering Tech


Ben Coakley

GIS Analyst


Connor Crandall

Engineering Tech