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February 4 - 10, 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 is 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 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 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) - ongoing with National Grid working on remaining services;
    • Conant Road / Colchester Road gas main replacements - ongoing with National Grid working remaining services;
    • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) - gas main replacement work is anticipated to start after the Wellesley Street project is complete, which has been deferred until 2018
  • 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.
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  • 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)

Ongoing Projects

  • 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.  Conservation Commission meeting upon receipt of all Phase II easement will be next action item; 
Project Progress
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Bid opening held on February 8th,  Engineering is evaluating bids; 
  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Town Engineer is working on the easement document.  Had a meeting with Conservation Commission and Town Engineer is working with Eversource to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project -  Bid opening scheduled for February 15, 2018, continuing to work with consultant;
  • 2018 Water Main Improvements (Columbine, Dean with Chiltern as add alternate).  Bid opening scheduled for 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 impacted abutter from whom an easement is required;
    • Merriam Street Sidewalk Project - several easement issues remain. Met with Planning Board (January 31st) and Conservation Commission (January 23rd- continued to a future meeting).  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;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  The design is ongoing. 
Progress Made
  • Design work completed for drainage work at Fairview and Montvale roads area. Anticipated annual drainage contract bid opening scheduled for February 22, 2018;
  • Town Center Improvement Project - overseeing the concept / design work from the consultant. The consultant is awaiting design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on the intersection at Boston Post Road/Church Street/School Street.  A preliminary meeting with Eversource was held on February 6th.  A follow-up meeting will be scheduled within the next 4 weeks.  Preliminary plans are anticipated to be delivered beginning of April 2018;  
  • Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700) - Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs. Four proposals were received.  Currently evaluating submittals and anticipate completing on/before February 16th; 


  • Completed the in-house design for Water Main Replacements at Columbine and Dean roads.  Bid opening scheduled for February 15, 2018;
  • Currently reviewing 9 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 52 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection.

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 12 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final read;
  • Working on water billing;
  • Installed one new valve and water meter;
  • Oversaw contractor install new water service;
  • Oversaw annual pump station maintenance and inspection of pumps at the Wellesley Street Pump Station; 

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 grave dug with casket interment including frost removal;
  • 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 Town buildings;
  • Cleared leaves from Parks and Cemeteries where possible;
  • Removed logs from dead tree cut down at Town Hall;
  • Assisted Highway Division with plowing and sanding operations on February 6, 7, and 8th 
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1- 100 yard solid waste dumpster totaling 24.89 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 900 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,240 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 4.72 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 6.47 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 1.80 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 3,040 lbs;
  • Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 1520 lbs.;
  • Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 4800 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit, as needed;
  • Did assist with snow sanding or plowing operations on February 6, 7, and 8th

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: all sections and all water trench locations Boston Post Road and Winter Street;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: various;
  • Set up traffic detours:  Winter Street and Boston Post Road;
  • Pump basins:  Pinecroft at Conant Road and Woodridge Circle;
  • Inspect catch basins:  Town wide in preparation for construction season;
  • Cleaned and serviced all deicing equipment and plows;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal, and flooded roadway signs at Newton Street;
  • Inspect and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations:  all outstanding locations;
  • Spot sanding all areas:   all areas scraped;
  • Sander/liquid adjustments:  H-10 and S-14;
  • Store salt, bulk liquid deicer, sand and gravel deliveries;
  • General plowing and sanding operations events on February 6, 7, and 8th

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, 4 police vehicles, and 16 DPW trucks and other equipment;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  C-20 bucket refurbish;
  • Performed 6 repairs on sanders/plows: H-14 sander wiring issue; straightened S-12 and S-14 and H-10 spinner chute and other minor repairs; 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations and plowing operations, February 6, 7, and 8

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