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November 19 - 25, 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:

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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.  Long line work (center line and edge line) postponed due to weather constraints; 
  • Fairview / Montvale roads and Newton Street drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to a roadway reconstruction. 
  • DPW continues 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, anticipated to occur over the next several weeks. MassDOT and its 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 is complete.  Possibly more to come on Glen Road schedule depending on weather;
  • The Town Center Improvement Project - coordinated design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee, the consultant and the various utility companies in trying to get the burying utilities portion of the design moving forward.  Eversource and Verizon work orders started.  Working on Comcast and Town fiber work orders;
  • Coordination 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 relating to the proposed rail and gravel work on the rail road bed (Rail Trail Project).  It is anticipated that work in Weston will begin the week of November 27th

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening underway.  Town Engineer  had neighborhood meeting and is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Re-advertised bids opened.  Engineering 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 - project is anticipated to be re-advertised in the fall

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 plan.  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 Town Center Planning 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


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


  • Prepared FY19 DPW Operating Budget
  • Began the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations in the field work with consultant.  Started in the north section of Town (Concord Road, Conant Road, etc.)

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 23 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 0 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle one;
  • Witnessed water samples for new service at High School Proctor Field snack building and turned on service;
  • Oversaw the rebuilding of 4 fire hydrants;
  • Responded to 0 low pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interment;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Dug and poured a monument foundation;
  • Installed 1 foot marker;
  • Cut, trimmed and cleaned in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Cleared leaves around Town Hall and the Town Green;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2,100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 43.40 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 520 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,040 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 7.30 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 3.28 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 9.45 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 7.15 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.01 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 680 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 2.01 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 280 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 100 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 80 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Monitored and assisted residents at the Brush Dump – 23 vehicles;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed
tree inspections

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Roadside mowing:  none;
  • Hot patching potholes: Hilltop Road, etc.;
  • Mowing islands and grass strips:  none;
  • Prepared for winter and small equipment repairs: 2-walk behind snow blowers;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  Fields Pond Road, Lantern Lane, Love Lane, Ripley Lane, Concord Road;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Town House Road and Chestnut Street;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs:  none;
  • Prepared catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  none;
  • Check and clear basin/waterways:  none;
  • Catch basin inspection and marking:  mark all sections – emphasis on flood trouble areas;
  • Skin overlay/grindings:  none;
  • Repair sidewalk pavement deficiencies:  none;
  • Sweeping:  none;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Gravel, loam and seed roadway shoulders:  Merriam Street;
  • Roadside/sidewalk leaf pickup:  Sidewalks on Merriam Street, South Avenue, and Wellesley Street;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  DiBenedetto, Wellesley Street, South Avenue, Lantern, Conant, and Concord;
  • Guardrail maintenance:  none;
  • Transport cold patch to storage;
  • Clean and prepared material and aggregate storage yard for winter season;
  • Start sander calibrations and training;
  • 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 18 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 6 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 0 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Install sanders and plumb pre-treatment systems;
  • Continued repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did NOT assist Highway Division with sanding and/or plowing operations this week

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