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January 7 - 13, 2018

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 and Newton Street drainage design work nearing completion and construction work will take place before roadway reconstruction, which is anticipated for next spring / summer.  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 - 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 – working on services;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road gas main replacements - working on services;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement anticipated to start after Wellesley Street is complete, which has been deferred until 2018 construction season
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for 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), and hazard trees at/near power lines, etc.

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Engineering for generator move and final landscaping and screening is underway.  Town Engineer  had neighborhood meeting and  is working on obtaining necessary easement;
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project - bid opening is scheduled on February 15, 2018;
  • 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 - it is anticipated that the project will be re-advertised within the next week or two and the bid opening for February 2018; 
  • 2018 Water Main Improvements at Columbine and Dean roads with Chiltern as added alternate - Bid opening is scheduled on February 15, 2018

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 an impacted abutter from whom an easement is required; 
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain. Set to meet with Planning Board (January 31st), Conservation (January 23rd), and Community Preservation Committee (January 16th).  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).  Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  Design work completed for drainage work at Fairview and Montvale roads area.  Anticipated annual drainage contract bid opening is February 22, 2018;
  • Overseeing the consultant for the concept / design work for Town Center Improvement Project.  The consultant  is 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 and proposals are due January 25, 2018; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design ongoing


  • Completed the in-house design for Water Main Replacements at Columbine and Dean roads.  Bid opening is scheduled for the end of February 2018;
  • Currently reviewing 4 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
water tank inspections

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 19 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 water service and took out meter for dwelling demolition;
  • Repaired hydrant to put back in service;
  • Responded to 0 low-pressure calls;
  • Responded to 0 dirty water calls;
  • Did not assist with sanding and plowing operations
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 0 cremation interments;
  • 2 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted Water Division with removing snow from hydrants;
  • Cleared catch basins in Linwood Cemetery in preparation for the coming rainstorm;
  • Prepared deeds for recent cemetery lots
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 25.13 tons;
  • Picked up Town office recycling – 1,280 lbs;
  • Picked up municipal office and select Town park solid waste – 1,520 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 6.8 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 5.67 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 6.37 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 9.95 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 3.24 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.05 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 1,020 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 – 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 or plowing operations
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Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: none;
  • Prepare for winter and small equipment repairs: install cutting edges as needed;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  various;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: various;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  various;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  none;
  • Clean and service all deicing equipment and plows;
  • 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 - none;
  • Cleanup continues from previous week’s blizzard;
  • Plow and snow blow all sidewalks;
  • Conducted emergency stormwater responses on January 13th rainstorm;
  • Conducted sanding operations on January 13th 

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 14 school buses, 4 police vehicles, 13 DPW trucks and other equipment, 1 recreation vehicle, and 1 school grounds vehicle;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  School bus breakdown road call, school bus fuel freezing issues;
  • Performed 1 repair on sanders/plows: H-12 sander chain adjustment and dump body repair; 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations, January 13, 2018

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