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Highway Department
62 Ludington Court
Carmel, New York 10512
Phone: 845-225-7172
Fax:     845-225-9464
Email:  highway@townofkentny.gov
Business Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Highway Superintendent:   Richard T. Othmer Jr.
Superintendent's Secretary:   Angela Verity
Highway Dept
 

The Highway Superintendent's Office is located at 62 Ludington Court off of Route 311.

Mailboxes and Debris on the Road
Mailboxes are established by property owners within the highway rights-of-way. A county or town could adopt an ordinance that specifies the type of placement of mailboxes to prevent them becoming a fixed hazard.

The other aspect of mailboxes to consider is the accidental damage to mailboxes in connection with the municipality's maintenance operations, particularly snow and ice removal. There is no right of the property owner to recover against the municipality for the accidental damage to mailboxes. Repairs are a judgmental decision of the superintendent.

 
  • No person shall throw or deposit upon the highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, snow, or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal or vehicle upon such highway.
  • Any person who drops, or permits to be dropped or thrown upon any highway any destructive or injurious material, or any material interfering with the safe use of the highway shall immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed.
  • Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.
 
Snow Removal - Public Notice

In order to facilitate the removal of snow from the roads, streets and highways within the Town of Kent, the overnight parking of vehicles on the roadway is prohibited. Vehicles found parked on any such roads, streets or highways, will be issued a traffic summons and towed at the owner's expense.
Residents of the Town of Kent are also cautioned that should their vehicle become disabled during a snow storm and is abandoned, the operator must notify the Town of Kent Police Department and the vehicle must be removed as soon as possible or it will be towed at the owner's expense.

This ban is in effect from November 15th to April 15 yearly.
 
Fences, Hedges and Landscaping - Zoning Board Law
Sometimes the Highway Department is alerted of a potential hazard on our right-of-way. It seems that brush/shrubs or hedges obstruct a safe view of oncoming traffic.
So we suggest that all our residents read the following law and take preventative actions first.
Our department uses power equipment for roadside maintenance, which at times does not leave an attractive appearance.
Kent Zoning Law reads as follows:
 
77-17. Fences hedges and landscaping
   Except as set forth hereinafter, no fence or garden wall in any required yard or between the front building line and the required fron yard shall exceed a height of six (6) feet. If erected along the street line, the height shall be measured from the existing elevation of the opposite point along the center line of the street. Within a radius of thirty (30) feet of the corner formed by intersecting streets, the height of any fence, garden wall, hedge or other densely growing shrubbery shall not exceed two and on-half (2 1/2) feet.
 
Street Sweeping
The Highway Department schedules all of the Town's roads to be swept in the Spring once the threat of any snowstorms have ceased.
 
Drainage
The pipes or open ditches along the roadside are there for drainage purposes; residents should not deposit leaves or other debris there or on the roadway.