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December 24 - 30, 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

  • Fairview / Montvale roads and Newton Street drainage design work is nearing completion and construction work will take place before roadway reconstruction begins next spring/summer;  
  • DPW continues to work on drainage designs and obtaining necessary easements before roadway work can be planned for Newton Street

State/Utility Project Work

  • Route 30 (South Avenue) and Wellesley Street Signal Improvement Project - Final landscaping and final cleanup, including 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 current work on services;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road gas main replacements ongoing – working on services;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street work is complete, which will be deferred until 2018;
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2018 Construction Season – Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Oak Street), Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Sherburne Circle, the continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654), Newton Street, and Concord Road (1-81);
  • Continuing to coordinate 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), Hazard trees at/near power lines, etc.;
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource relating to the proposed rail and gravel work on the railroad bed (Wayside Rail Trail Project).  Work in Weston will be deferred until spring 2018

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer held a neighborhood meeting and is working on obtaining the 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 is 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.  Bid opening is scheduled for February 2018;
  • 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 trying to get the burying of the utility portion of the design moving forward.  Continued working on Comcast and Town Fiber work orders. 
  • Coordination efforts continued with Town Center Improvement Project and the Josiah Smith Tavern and Old Library projects, including implications at the Boston Post Road/Church Street/School Street intersections

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 design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street, Merriam Street, and Fairview/Montvale roads area).  Continued to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Design work completed for drainage work at Fairview and Montvale roads area;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for Town Center Improvement Project.  Consultant awaiting design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on the intersection at Boston Post Road/Church Street/School Street;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Bid documents have been published; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design ongoing. 
  • Completed Phase I of the Tree Inventory, Assessment, and Recommendations by the consultant for Scenic Roadways.  Data is being reviewed and compiled for incorporation into the GIS database


  • Currently reviewing 5 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 10 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final read;
  • Read water meters cycle three;
  • Shut off 2 water services  for building demolition;
  • Fixed water service leak (from water main to curb stop) on Newton Street;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls;
  • Received the annual leak detection survey
  • Did assist with plowing operations on December 25
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted with snow sanding operations, December 22-25 & December 30th, and plowing operations, December 25th
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1,100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 25.67 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 580 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town parks solid waste – 1,460 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 7.87 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 2.54 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 0 shuttles for grass/leaves – 0 tons;
  • Ran 0 shuttles for brush /logs – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 0 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 3,700 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 tons;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of medical sharps – 100 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 assist with snow sanding operations on December 22-25 & December 30th, and plowing operations, December 25th

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: all sections;
  • Pothole list creation;
  • Prepare for winter and small equipment repairs: 16” chainsaw and power pole saw;
  • Fallen tree/branch removal from roadways:  none;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Bogle Street and Bradford Road;
  • Check and clear waterways from snow from Division listing;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  removal of snow in yard;
  • Assist Water Division with leak repairs at location on Newton Street;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  Wellesley Street, Rockport Road, and Conant Road;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  various;
  • Remove waste materials yard to Kane Perkins;
  • Transport gravel from Kane/Perkins to yard;
  • Cleaned and serviced all deicing equipment;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, etc.;
  • Inspect and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations;
  • Refill sand barrels;
  • Install temporary lighting at liquid deicing pump area; 
  • Assist facilities department with snow removal and salting;
  • Spot sanding: all public buildings, bus barn, and miscellaneous call spots;
  • Plow and shelf snow drift areas:  Newton Street, Ash Street, Church Street, and Glen Road;
  • Replow dog walk parking lot areas (Conservation):  Ash Street;
  • Plow brush dump;
  • Plow and snow blow all sidewalks;
  • Store salt deliveries;
  • Conducted sanding operations on December 22-25th & 30th (snow, sleet, and black ice);
  • Conducted plowing operations on December 25th

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 6 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 15 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 1 school grounds vehicle;
  • Performed 2 major repair(s) on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  S-12 sander chain and dump body repair and H-14 and H-10 sander repairs;
  • Performed 4 repairs on sanders/plows;
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations, December 22-25 & December 30th, and plowing operations on December 25th

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