The DPW building

November 25 - December 1, 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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DPW Programs

  • Annual Catch Basin Cleaning Program – The annual program began on Nov. 5th and will take approximately one month to complete
double utility poles tied with rope

State/Utility Project Work

  • 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 and MassDCR on the Rail Trail Project:  
    • No update from MassDCR's contractor regarding remaining post and rail work that was anticipated to be completed by November 2;   
    • Previous outstanding work (pending DCR update): post and railing installation, loaming, seeding, pavement markings, signs, and final cleanup including removing erosion controls;
    • DPW Director worked with the Rail Trail Advisory Committee and consultant  for proposed trail parking areas, etc.  Preliminary Plans have been developed/modified based on abutters' comments
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2018 Construction Season, which remain subject to ongoing labor dispute: Newton Street, Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Sherburn Circle, Wellesley Street (669-654), and Concord Road (1-81)
DPW employees installing a drainage pipe

Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station – ongoing: Shop drawing submittals and review of construction sequence continues. National Grid has indicated a delay in extending gas service which is being appealed to the state Dept. of Public Utilities by the Town and its Representative; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - The necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project have been secured. The permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for fall 2018.  It is anticipated that the project will be before the Conservation Commission on an upcoming meeting for Phase II work;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Punchlist work remaining – electrical and plumbing.  Bids for electrical work received Oct. 19th and Town is proceeding with award with work anticipated to started and completed over the next several weeks;
  • Cemetery Restoration Phase IIHeadstone rehabilitation contract ongoing with work anticipated to begin next spring;
  • Newton Street Drainage - First piece of drainage work by Land's Sake is under construction – One water quality unit left to install for Phase I; 
  • Glen Road Drainage work (Shady Hill Road to Wellesley Street) – DPW anticipates this drainage work started the week of December 3rd. We anticipate this work will have a duration of approximately 5 weeks
a birds-eye view of the town center plan

Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.  Work has begun on the Functional Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Project info at;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - intersection improvements, etc.  Survey  work has continued and needs to confirm drainage inverts.  Work has begun on the Function Design Report (a MassDOT required submission). Project info at;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting on Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - Preliminary Plans developed. Preliminary Plans modified and were presented to Rail Trail Advisory Committee.  Chair will provide comments to consultant to incorporate into revised plan set.  Desire is to have a permitted set of plans for a bid opening the end of February 2019;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work needs to take place; sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street and Merriam Street) - Continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street.  First piece of drainage work by Land's Sake is under construction – one water quality unit installation remaining for Phase I. Work on Glen Road anticipated to start December 3, 2018;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  Town Meeting passed-over the warrant articles. Project info and plans can be found at;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading - meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Consultant preparing an RFP for Installation of AMI and meters; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts - decision matrix tabling being evaluated.  Engineering presented findings to Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Ash Street Sidewalk Project - Design ongoing.  Consultant to presented progress prints to Traffic and Sidewalk Committee;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Water Distribution Master Plan.  Consultant gathering data and setting up the calibration of the water system hydraulic model including. The vision for this plan is to lay out short term and long term capital plans relating to the water distribution system including water mains, gates, meters, water tanks, etc.  Anticipate final report in December 2018;
  • Overseeing consultant design and preparation of specification for Cemetery Tomb Restoration.  Draft plans provided and comments provided back to consultant


  • Currently reviewing 17 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 59 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection; 
  • Attempting to convince MassDOT to reconsider its decision to not lower the special speed zone on School Street between Brook School Apartments and Wellesley Street which a temporary regulation would need to be setup.  Board of Selectmen approved temporary regulation at October 23rd meeting.  Next action item is to get approval from MassDOT; 
  • Working with the Town’s Procurement Officer, prepare an RFP for Traffic Engineering Consultant Services
  • Submitted to the State to eliminate (get a waiver) one ADA parking stall at Kendal Green Parking Lot due to non-use; 
  • Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee on several items:  Love Lane, Chestnut Street, Sunset Road, Wellesley Street at Route 30 signal, mirrors, stop sign requests, sidewalk requests, crosswalk requests, etc.;
DPW employee doing a meter reading

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 20 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final read;
  • Continued reading water meters second round and meters in pits (i.e. summer reads);
  • Inspected 1 new service from street to house;
  • Responded to 2 water quality water calls
fall leaves on the ground

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 grave dug with casket interments;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Cleared leaves and cut the grass in Linwood Cemetery, Central Cemetery, Anniversary Park, Weston Public Library, and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners;
  • Installed snow stakes in Linwood Cemetery;
  • Installed the leaf box on C-2;
  • Assisted Solid Waste and Recycling with the push down of containers
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 25.04 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,700 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1,260 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 5.87 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 5.06 tons;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 2.11 tons;
  • Ran 2 shuttles for grass/leaves – 21.88 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 10.33 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes –1,000 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,760 lbs;
  • Processed pickup of light bulbs – 60 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
flooded road

Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • DPW and Highway/Stormwater divisions mobilized over the last several weeks relating to record rainfalls over the last several months.  A recent news story reported that Boston is 10.5 inches above average for rainfall this calendar year, which ranks #4 historically. Crews pumped several locations due to concerns about icing.
  • Hot patching potholes: Various including Longmeadow Road;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts:  Oakdale Road;
  • Leaf removal:  Linwood Cemetery, Webster Road, Church Street, School Street, Concord Road, and Newton Street;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Summer Street, DPW, Drabbington Way Lot, Viles Street;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  Colchester, Chiltern;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Respond to flooding calls:  Newton Street, Loring Road, Shady Hill Road;
  • Transport and setup rental variable message board:  Newton and DPW;
  • Pumping of flooded roadways:  Loring Road and Newton Street;
  • Pave basins:  Indian Hill Road;
  • Check and clear waterways:  Ridgeway Road by Hubbard and all from Division list;
  • Clean and service equipment;
  • Clean and organize Brush Dump for resident drop-off;
  • Store delivered deicing materials;
  • Store delivered aggregate and salt products;
  • Oversee paving contactor:  Westland Road;
  • Assist contractor with roadway millings;
  • Regrade upper DPW yard with millings;
  • Assist Engineering:  basin inspections, pavement markings, details
maintenance of a DPW truck

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 9 school buses, 4 police vehicles, 9 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 1 school grounds vehicle, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town

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