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Work Update for January 21 - 27, 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 roads and Newton Street drainage design work nearing completion and construction work will take place before roadway reconstruction next spring / summer;
  • 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 work remain outstanding.  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) - work is ongoing with National Grid working on services;  
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road - ongoing with National Grid 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 completed, which has been 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.

Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project ongoing – Town Engineer is working on the easement document.  A meeting with Conservation occurred.  Town Engineer is working with Eversource to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project.  Bid Opening 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 working on securing necessary easements. Meeting with the Conservation Commission upon receipt of all Phase II easements will be the next action item;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Project has been re-advertised with the bid opening scheduled on February 8, 2018; 
  • 2018 Water Main Improvements (Columbine, Dean with Chiltern as add alternate).  Bid opening 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. Meetings with the Planning Board (January 31st) and Conservation Commission (January 23rd- continued).  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 on February 22, 2018;
  • 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 Rd/Church Street/School Street;  Committee Chair to submit project update to Board of Selectmen on January 30, 2018;  
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Four proposals received.  Action Item is to evaluate submittals; 
  • 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 scheduled for end of February 2018;
  • Currently reviewing 7 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection
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Water Division

  • Completed approximately 12 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 2 final reads;
  • Read water meters cycle three;
  • Investigated potential water main leak;
  • Fixed one water main break on Highland Street;
  • Shut off one water service for dwelling demolition;
  • 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;
  • 0 graves dug with casket interments;
  • Assisted the Transfer Station with push downs on bins with backhoe as necessary;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Assisted Solid Waste & Recycling Division with solid waste and recycling pick-up from municipal buildings;
  • Cleared and removed leaves from Children's Park;
  • Began clearing leaves at Lamson Park;
  • Retired flags from Veteran markers in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Assisted Highway Division with general plowing operations on January 17th
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1- 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 20.91 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,180 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,200 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 4.34 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 2.85 tons;
  • Processed 1 plastic container – 0 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 0 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 1.74 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 2.07 tons;
  • Processed 0 metal containers – 0 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 4,000 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: South Avenue, Ash Street, etc.;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadways:  various;
  • Pickup deer removals:  none;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Concord Road, Radcliff Road, Shady Hill Road, etc.;
  • DPW yard maintenance:  none;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  none;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  none;
  • Attend to flooding call:  Warren Avenue, Summer Street, Glen Road, Conant Road, etc.;
  • Inspect & secure catch basin:  Beaver Road;
  • Open waterways for impending heavy rains;
  • Pump and jet drain line and basin: 28 Woodridge Circle;
  • Assist Water Division:  Highland Street and Kingsbury Lane water main leaks;
  • Pave water trench:  Highland Street;
  • Clean and service all deicing equipment and plows;
  • Install plow cutting edges as needed;
  • 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:  Winter Street, Legion Road, Ash Street, Newton Street, etc.;
  • Refill sand barrels - none;
  • Spot sanding:   various;
  • General deicing events on January 23rd and 24th

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 7 school buses, 2 police vehicles, 10 DPW trucks and other equipment, 0 recreation vehicles, and 0 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  S-12 body and Chip box;
  • Performed 0 repairs on sanders/plows: none; 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations - January 23rd and 24th

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