Highway Department

A Message from the Highway Superintendent, Matthew D. English

Matthew D. English
Superintendent of Highways,
Sanitation and Buildings & Grounds

Phone: (716) 674-4850
Fax: (716) 674-0981
Email: menglish@twsny.org

Gregory Zimmerman
Deputy Superintendent
Email gzimmerman@twsny.org


West Seneca Highway Department
39 South Avenue
West Seneca, New York 14224

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm

"Our goal is to serve West Seneca residents to the best of our abilities."


Listed below, are some commonly requested topics of information.
If you need additional information, or do not see the topic you are looking for, please feel free to contact the Highway Department for assistance.
Also, please remember to check the West Seneca Pennysaver for seasonal services and policy updates.

Employment Application

The West Seneca Highway / Sanitation Department continually accepts applications to keep on file for part time positions. Applicants will be notified if positions become available.

Additional Information:

  • "Call Before You Dig" DIAL: 811
  • NYS Dept. Transportation (716) 649-2349
  • Erie County Water Authority (716)685-8200
  • National Fuel Gas (716)686-6123
  • National Grid 1-800-642-4272
  • NYSEG 1-800-572-1131
  • Erie County Highway Department: http://www.erie.gov/dpw/
  • NYS Thruway Authority: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/index.shtml

Town Tree Maintenance
Replacement Trees
Street Light Outages
Winter Policies Clarified
Yard Waste Guidelines
Branches and Bushes (without roots)
Branches over 6" in diameter, Hedges, Large tree limbs, Stumps, Bushes (without roots)
Compost Site
Leaf Pickup Map
Enlarged Zone Maps
Sanitation Department Information


The Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of 110 miles of roadways in West Seneca. The department employs 60 full-time employees and 15 seasonal employees.

The Sanitation Department has 16 full-time employees and ten part-timers who pick up garbage and yard waste on a weekly basis.

A modern, efficiently organized compost facility is managed by two highway employees, handling up to 40 tons of yard waste on a Spring day, generating up to 9000 yards of finished compost a year -- compost that is used by both the Township and West Seneca residents.


The responsibility of maintaining the 17 Parks, including five major park facilities, in West Seneca lies with the Building & Grounds Department. Activities include the maintenance of baseball diamonds, soccer fields, indoor ice rink, walking paths and other recreation sites.

The chart below illustrates West Seneca Park Names, Addresses and Available Services at each:


The Town of West Seneca Highway and Sanitation Departments have a total of 158 vehicles and additional heavy equipment in their fleet, valued at $ 5,527,364.89 million. Most of the trucks used by the highway department are between 2000 and 2011 models.

Twenty of the Town's dump trucks are equipped with plows for winter activity and the Town has nine garbage packers. Five Sanitation Department packers, with 3 man crews, are on the road daily, picking up garbage and rubbish from residential areas on a scheduled basis. Two other packers are out gathering yard wastes.

The Highway Department employs five skilled mechanics who are responsible for maintaining a preventative maintenance program for all vehicles.

Town Tree Maintenance:

Trees usually located in the Town easement between the sidewalk and the street

Tree branches are obstructing power lines: If the tree branches are resting or pulling on power lines, please contact your local power company for assistance.

Trimming:  Performed by the Highway Department.

Removal:  Town trees will no longer be removed by the Highway Department.  Should a property owner wish to remove  a town tree, be advised that ONLY a Town tree that is DEAD, DYING, DISEASED or causing SEWER ISSUES may be removed by homeowner at the property owners expense.

In order for a property owner to remove the tree, 1 of the 3 following documentations is required AND a completed Highway Tree Removal Form signed by the Highway Superintendent.  (HTR form is available at the Highway Department Monday - Friday,   7:00 am - 3:30 pm.)

1.  Letter from a CERTIFIED ARBORIST stating that the tree is dead, dying, diseased, or causing a hazardous situation.

2.  Letter from a CERTIFIED PLUMBER stating that the tree is interfering with the properties sewer lines.

3.  A hand written request that the tree is dead, damaging the sidewalk or driveway that is approved by the Highway Superintendent.

  • All tree removal in Town 's Right of Way must have written approval from Highway Superintendent BEFORE the tree is removed.
  • Any tree removed without written Highway Superintendent approval may be subject to a court appearance or fine.
  • Tree removal is at the expense of the property owner.

Replacement Trees:

The Highway Department has temporarily suspended tree replacements do to budget cuts.
If you would like to plant a tree at your own expense, please remember to "CALL BEFORE YOU DIG" at 811.
The tree you plant MUST be chosen from the list below:

  1. Little Leaf Linden Tilla Cordata 'Greenspire': 60' to 70' tall, fragrant spring flowers.
  2. Red Sunset Maple: Acer Rebrum 'Red Sunset'.
  3. Japanese Tree Lilac: Syringa Reticulate 'Ivory Silk': 20' tall, 15' to 20' wide, bunches of flowers.
  4. Crimson King Maple: Acer Platanoides 'Crimson King': Red/purple foliage, rounded crown, fast growing, 40' to 60' tall.
  5. Skyline Honeylocust: Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Skyline': Skinny leaves, thornless, foot long seed pods, fast growing, 60' tall and 40' wide.
  6. Shademaster Locust: Gleditsia t.i. 'Shademaster'.


Street Light Outages:

All Town Street Lights - Overhead Cobra's & Decorative Lights with Underground Wires are maintained by the Town Electricians.

If you would like to report a light outage, you may contact the Electrical Department at 558-3227 Monday-Friday 7:00 am-3:30 pm, or email at wselectrical@twsny.org.

Please have the following information: Light location address, Pole number, Whether the light is blinking on and off or out, Reference name and Phone number.



Contractors hired by West Seneca residents are responsible for the removal of ALL yard waste debris collected from property. ie: Tree or Bush trimmings/removal including branches, trunks, stumps, root balls, etc.


Compost Site Location: 500 Mineral Springs Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Residents may bring their YARD WASTE ONLY (grass clippings, weeds, leaves, branches, bushes, etc.) to the Town compost site for proper disposal during regular business hours.
Mulch and Compost are also available for pickup free of charge for TOWN RESIDENTS ONLY (with proof of residency). Collection is a "self-serve" service.

  • Residents must bring their own container and shovel (up to ONE pickup truck or small trailer load per day) to collect mulch and compost. NO PICKUP TRUCKS OR TRAILERS WILL BE LOADED BY TOWN EQUIPMENT.

Branches and Bushes (without roots):

  • Branches 3' or less: May be placed at the curside, in open reuseable containers or tied in bundles to be picked up on your regular garbage day.
  • Bushes (without roots) and Branches longer than 3': May be placed at curbside (all stems facing the same direction, not blocking the sidewalk or the street which would be a hazard) are for the "Chipper" which picks up one neighborhood at a time starting at one end of Town and working their way across repeating the process throughout the year. Please be patient, this method may take up to 3 weeks.
    For quicker service: Residents may bring their yard waste to the Compost Site, 500 Mineral Springs, Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm.


Branches over 6" in diameter, Hedges, Large tree limbs, Stumps, Bushes (with roots)

Residents are asked to first knock dirt loose as to not damage the Highway packing equipment, placed at the curbside, and call the Highway Department for pick-up at 674-4850 Ext. 10, Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.


Friday, November 9 2018

Regular Garbage Day Pickup Procedure: Residents may arrange to have leaves at the curbside the night before or before 7:00 am regular garbage day in:

  • Paper lawn and leaf bags: Available for purchase at Tops, Wegmans, Home Depot, Lowes, most hardware stores, and at the Highway Department 5 bags for $3.00. DO NOT USE plastic bags for yard waste. They will not be picked up!
  • Open reusable containers: Examples: garbage can without lid, bushel basket, plastic container. Containers should not weigh over 50 pounds, and we ask that you do not place rocks, metal or household garbage in with your yard waste.
  • For quicker service: Residents may bring their yard waste to the Compost Site, 500 Mineral Springs, Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 2:30 pm.


Leaf Vacuum Truck Pickup Procedure:

Residents my arrange to have their leaves put to the road edge, to be collected by the leaf vacuum truck. (Please do not push them into the street as it may cause a road hazard.)
Also, keep leaves and branches separated; branches are not able to be vacuumed and residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines for their proper disposal. This year's leaf vacuum pickup began , October 29, 2018 and will continue until ALL leaves are collected.

In an effort to provide our residents with more efficient service, we implemented the following leaf pickup schedule in 2010 which proved to be very successful.

Below is this year's ANNUAL LEAF PICKUP SCHEDULE. We have separated the Town into four (4) sections. We will start collecting leaves in section one (1) until all streets in that section are covered once. We will then proceed to section two (2) and so forth, repeating the process as necessary until all the leaves are picked up.

Enlarged Zone Maps: (download PDFs below for more detailed view)



Sanitation Department Information:

Visit the SANITATION DEPARTMENT PAGE for the following information:

  • Garbage and Recycling Totes
  • Holiday Pickup Schedule
  • Garbage Household Rubbish Pickups
  • Disposal of Paint
  • Recycling
  • Electronic Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Yard Waste