DPW Building at night

December 18 - 23, 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:

drainage plans

Administration/Engineering Division

Paving and Roadwork

  • Fairview / Montvale roads and Newton Street drainage design work has begun and must be completed prior to the roadway reconstruction;  
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining 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 - Final landscaping and final cleanup, including the removal of work trailers, is 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 -
    • Church Street at/about Pigeon Hill Road - project currently on hold;  
    • Wellesley Street including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) - ongoing with National Grid working on connecting services;  
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road gas main replacements - ongoing with National Grid working on connecting services;  
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street which will be deferred till 2018
  • Coordinated 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.;
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource relating to the proposed rail and gravel work on the railroad bed (Wayside Rail Trail Project).  It was anticipated that work in Weston will be deferred until spring 2018;

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project is ongoing. Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer held a neighborhood meeting and is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project;
  • 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 within the next week or two;  
  • Continued work on the Town Center Improvement Project as it relates to design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee, the consultant, and the various utility companies in advancing the burying of the utilities portion of the project. Continue working on Comcast and Town Fiber work orders. Some votes of the Town Center Planning Committee took place at the last meeting;

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 of the project 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;
  • Overseeing consultant designs for drainage work scheduled for construction season 2016 (Newton Street, Merriam Street, and Fairview/Montvale roads area)  
    • Continued 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 - Consultant has design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on the parking area in front of Fire Station and the retail complex across the street;  
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Bid documents are ready for publication; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design is ongoing;
  • Continued the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations in the field work with the consultant.  Phase I of the project completed.  Data is being reviewed and compiled for incorporation into the GIS database


  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 52 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
low water pressure

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 24 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final reads;
  • Continue to read water meters cycle two;
  • Installed one new water meter and valves and turned on new water service;
  • Inspected and turned off temporary water service;
  • Oversaw the repair of one water service;
  • Responded to a broken hydrant call;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls;
  • Did not assist with sanding operations on December 22-23
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 2 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Prepared grave;
  • Installed foot marker;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted with snow sanding operations on December 22-23
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 42.44 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,160 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,040 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 6.12 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 3.84 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 2.17 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 8.37 tons;
  • Ran 0 shuttles for grass/leaves – 0 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 3.60 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 0 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,740 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1.03 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 2.60 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 60 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs; 
  • Processed 1 pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;
  • Did not assist with snow sanding operations on December 22-23

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: all sections;
  • Pothole list creation;
  • Prepared for winter and small equipment repairs: line-painting machine and chainsaw;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  none;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Ash Street, Highland Street, Chestnut Street, and Kendal Green commuter parking lot;
  • Catch basin / sinkhole repairs:  none;
  • Prepare catch basins for repairs:  none;
  • Pave basins of the week:  none;
  • Catch basin inspection and marking: Merriam Street;
  • Catch basins cleaned:  Webster Road (2) and Merriam Street;
  • Check and clear waterways from Division listing;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Rotate compost piles at brush dump;
  • Assist Recreation Department and playground contractor with cleanup:  Townhouse Road;
  • Overlay with millings:  dirt section of Old Road;
  • Erosion Repairs and control:  Summer Street, South Avenue;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Oversee pavement marking contractor:  Long line gore markings (North Avenue);
  • Painted remaining parking stalls:  Kendal Green commuter parking lot;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  Conant Road, Ash Street, Church Street @ newspaper house;
  • Clean and service all deicing equipment;
  • Refill sand barrels;
  • Start S-10 deicing tank install process with Vehicle Maintenance;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.;
  • Conducted sanding operations on December 22 and 23

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 10 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 5 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  continued school bus inspection cycle 2, and S-4 dump body rot repair and paint;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows: 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations this week
sand shed

Christmas Weekend Snow & Ice

Weston's Highway Division (Ken Calder (Supervisor), Henri Surrette, Jason Stevens, Joseph Crosby, Sean McGowan, Edwin Felciano, Carlos Rivera, Michael Page, Robert DeAngelis, Richard Hender, and Nelson Carvalho) worked an unbelievable number of hours to ensure that residents and their visitors could enjoy the holiday season with their families and friends. Snow operations are based on the snow and ice program developed by Deputy Director Richard Sullivan. To learn more about Weston's snow operations, please visit weston.org/snow

Tricky Storm/s

This was a very difficult storm due to limited snowfall, precipitation changes to rain, and temperature variations. The crew started during their normal workday on Friday, December 22nd and extended into mid-day on December 23rd. The crew was remobilized at/about 8:00 p.m. on December 23rd due to black ice in several areas throughout Town.  Then again on December 24th due to variable temperatures and its impacts on the damp roadways. A couple of the guys stayed on to accept and organize a small delivery of road salt from our vendor on the December 24th. 

The crew was again mobilized to start sanding operations on Christmas Day, December 25th.


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