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November 12 - 18, 2017

The Weston Department of Public Works continued to fulfill its mission to construct and maintain the physical infrastructure that provides for the public's health and safety, to protect the environment, and to enhance the quality of life and ensure that Weston continues to be a desirable place in which to live and conduct business. The following is the weekly report, by division:

pavement markings

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • North Avenue Roadway Resurfacing Work – Layout for final pavement markings completed.  Grinding work and pavement markings were scheduled, but weather issue prohibited completion; 
  • Merriam Street (Concord Road to Sunset Road) – Pavement markings where scheduled. Handwork completed (stop lines and crosswalk).  Long line work (center line and edge line) postponed due to weather constraints; 
  • Fairview / Montvale and Newton Street drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction. We continue to work on drainage designs and necessary easements before roadway work can be planned on Newton Street

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - Sign installations, final landscaping, and final cleanup including removal of work trailers are anticipated over the next several weeks. MassDOT and contractor are non-committal with schedule to complete;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects:
    • Summer Street - gas main replacement work ongoing with anticipated completion by Thanksgiving (there was an issue scheduling the final service conversion);
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold; 
    • Wellesley Street including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) - ongoing;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road - gas main replacements ongoing;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street.  Possibly more to come on Glen Road schedule depending on weather
  • Coordinating with Eversource on a number of outstanding issues in Town including double poles, poles guyed into trees, leaning poles and pole guyed with rope (Merriam Street), etc.
  • Continued coordination with Eversource and its maintenance road project within the right of way in the abandoned railroad bed as it relates to the proposed Wayside Rail Trail Project. It is anticipated that work in Weston will begin the week of November 27th 
consulting plans

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening are underway. Town Engineer held neighborhood meeting and is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Re-advertised bids opened and Engineering is evaluating bids;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project.  Attempting to secure the necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project.Once completed, the permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for spring 2018. Town Engineer working on securing necessary easements;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - the project is anticipated to be re-advertised in the fall
  • Town Center Improvement Project - working with the design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee, the consultant, and the various utility companies in trying to get the burying of utilities portion of the design moving forward

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects – Latest plans available for viewing online. 
    • Warren Avenue Sidewalk Project - DPW has reached out to impacted abutter from whom an easement is required;
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain and the project has gone before the Conservation Commission and Planning Board.  Several site walks have taken place;
    • Ash Street Sidewalk Concept - Overseeing consultants’ work on concept plans. Quotes from consultant firms for final design and permitting received.  Funding needed;
  • Overseeing consultant’s work on the modification of the Boston Post Road / Wellesley Street intersection study and the Boston Post Road / School Street intersection study.  Submitted project for consideration to the state as a TIP project;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street, Merriam Street, and Fairview/Montvale roads area).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street. Continued to work on design at Fairview and Montvale roads area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Improvement Project - Preliminary Plans submitted for review and comment.  DPW has provided preliminary review comments but is awaiting committee comments, as well.  Consultant has reached out to Eversource and Verizon to incorporate their portions of the work into the design documents; 
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements, and meter installation (approximately 1700); 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Town won a $37,000 grant to review the sizing of the culverts in this area.  State contracts were signed last week.  Field meeting with state personnel accorded the week of November 13th.  Next action item is for consultant to provide amendment to their contract and continue with design
  • Began the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations in the field work with the consultant. Started in the north section of town (Concord Road, Conant Road, etc.)


  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection


  • Working on the FY19 DPW Operating Budget - submitted to Town Manager for review
  • Continue to field a number of complaints from high water bills, to construction activities in Town, to roadway reconstructions, etc.
water inspections

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 36 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 6 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle one;
  • Witnessed two fire flow tests;
  • Fixed one service leak based on Town’s annual Leak Detection Program;
  • Witnessed two water samples for new service;
  • Inspected one new water service;
  • Responded to high water bill complaints;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls
fall leaves

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Installed 0 foot markers;
  • Cut, trimmed and cleaned in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Piled the leaves in Central Cemetery;
  • Cleared the leaves in South Cemetery;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Coordinating efforts to get Central Cemetery gate repaired
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 23.787 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,600 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,240 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 7.41 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 3.85 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 7.20 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 1.76 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 0 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,440 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1,620 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 2.01 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 280 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Monitored and assisted residents at the Brush Dump – 12 vehicles (closed 11-11-17);
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed
catch basins

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing:  none;
  • Hot patching potholes: Hilltop Road, etc.;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips:  none;
  • Prepare for winter and small equipment repairs: 2-36” mowers, trimmers, miscellaneous lawn equipment;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways: Lincoln Street and Buckskin Road;
  • Pickup, chip, cleanup & transport storm debris:  3 days, town-wide;
  • Pickup deer removals:  Old North Road and Wellesley Street
  • Work with Eversource Tree contractor:  Storm tree removals on/in wires – Ash Street, Pine Street, Highland Street, and Conant Road;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: North Avenue, Davenport Road, Chestnut Street and Wellesley Street;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs: Spruce Hill and Hallett Hill;
  • Prepare catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  none;
  • Check and clear basin/waterways:  none;
  • Skin overlay/grindings:  Sylvan Road;
  • Repair sidewalk pavement deficiencies:  none;
  • Sweeping:  none;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Cleanup and organize Brush Dump;
  • Gravel, loam and seed roadway shoulders:  Viles and Merriam;
  • Pump and clean liquid storage tanks and prepare for delivery;
  • Order bulk deicing liquids for storage tanks;
  • Fill and equalize liquid storage tanks;
  • Roadside/sidewalk leaf pickup:  Church Street, Wellesley Street, School Street, Maple Street, assist Cemetery and Parks;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor: none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  South Avenue, Wellesley Street, Wildflower Lane;
  • Guardrail maintenance:  none;
  • Transport gravel to bus barn:  10 loads unprocessed;
  • Transport gravel to transfer station;
  • Pickup and dispose of erosion controls:  Sudbury Street;
  • Pave 211’ granite install area:  Ridgeway Road at MassPike layout;
  • Clean and prepare material and aggregate storage yard for winter season;
  • Oversee traffic markings contractor: stop bars, crosswalks, parking stalls, etc.;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 12 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 9 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Install sanders and plumb pretreatment systems;
  • Performed 5 repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did NOT assist Highway Division with sanding and/or plowing operations this week

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