DPW building

February 18 - 24, 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
Progress Made
  • Fairview / Montvale roads drainage design work complete

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)
  • 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.
National Grid's Gas Relay Projects (carry over from 2017):
  • Wellesley Street including Bass Pond Road (Rockport Road to town line) – National Grid will final trench pave at the end of May/beginning of June 2018;  
  • Conant Road / Colchester Road – National Grid is working remaining services and tie over, then will final trench pave at the end of May/beginning of June 2018;   
  • Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Cliff Road intersection plus or minus) gas main replacement  anticipated to start March 2018

New Project
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, continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654), Newton Street, and Concord Road (1-81)


Ongoing Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – Town Engineer  working on easement document.  Town Engineer working with Eversource and property owner to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • Cooks Pond Dam and Pump Rehabilitation Project - overseeing consultants’ work,  bid opening occurred on February 15th, Engineering evaluating bids and checking references;
  • Southside Drainage Project - continuing to work with consultant and 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.  Conservation Commission meeting upon receipt of all Phase II easement will be next action item;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - bid opening occurred on February 8th and contract was awarded to low bidder; 
  • FY 2018 Water Main Improvements (Columbine, Dean with Chiltern as add alternate).  Town to award contract to low bidder

Consultant Work

  • Overseeing consultants’ work on several sidewalk design projects - 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. Met with 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;  
  • Overseeing consultant concept / design work for Town Center Improvement Project;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts.  Design ongoing.

Progress Made
  • Design work completed for drainage work at Fairview and Montvale roads area.  Annual drainage contract bid opening occurred on February 22nd and Engineering is evaluating submitted bids and checking references;
  • Town Center Improvement Project - consultant awaiting design decisions from the Town Center Planning Committee on intersection at Boston Post Road/Church Street/School Street;  Preliminary Eversource meeting occurred on February 6th with a follow-up meeting schedule within next 4 weeks.  Preliminary plans anticipated at beginning of April 2018;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading, meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700) - four proposals received, which will be evaluated. Anticipated completion on/before February 16th. Prepping a shortlist of contract vendors is ongoing; 


  • Completed the in-house design for Water Main Replacements at Columbine and Dean roads.  Award of contract issued;
  • Currently reviewing 10 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 15 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 3 final reads;
  • Working on water billing;
  • Replaced one large meter in a meter pit;
  • Replaced a frozen meter in a house;

Park and Cemetery Division

  • 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 leaves from Town Hall, Linwood Cemetery, and other Parks and Cemetery locations;
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 2, 100-yard solid waste dumpsters totaling 35.85 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 1,280 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select park solid waste – 1,300 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 cardboard container – 3.95 tons;
  • Processed 1 glass container – 3.62 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 7.09 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for brush /logs – 5.41 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 1.21 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 2,900 lbs;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 340 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;

Highway/Stormwater Division

  • Hot patching potholes: all sections;
  • Skin overlay degraded roadway surfaces:  Newton Street;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: various;
  • Oversee tree removal contractor:  Route 30 pruning (Wellesley to Ware);
  • Tree and debris removal:  Ash Street at Beech Road;
  • Assist Facilities with Mass. Mosquito culvert clean-outs;
  • Jet clean and pump blocked drainage system:  Country Drive, Sylvan Road;
  • Pump basins:  Woodridge Circle;
  • Vactor, jet and camera drainage Locations:  Woodridge Circle, Kingsbury Lane, Autumn @ Loring Road;
  • Inspected catch basin inspections:  Town wide in preparation for construction season;
  • Cleaned and serviced all deicing equipment and plows:  serviced and prep. for weekend response if needed;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Inspect and/or as necessary all mailbox call locations:  all outstanding locations;
  • General Deicing:  Sanding operation (2/22/18) 

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, 3 police vehicles, 13 DPW trucks and other equipment, and 2 school grounds vehicles;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicle with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  S-22 conveyor roller;
  • Performed 1 repair on sanders/plows: H-11 replace complete trip edge; 
  • Did assist Highway Division with sanding operations.

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