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December 23 - December 29, 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 continues and is anticipated to be complete by next week
 
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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:  
    • all that remains are punchlist items, which are anticipated to be finished in the spring when the next phase of construction picks up with the opening of the Conant Road underpass and the two parking areas. Work is anticipated to start March/April and take about 4-6 weeks. Conant Road will be closed for a period of time during construction and detours will be in place;
    • DPW Director is hopeful that, through much work of the Rail Trail Advisory Committee, the final plans for the parking areas will be ready for advertising soon and have an anticipated bid opening by the end of February
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2019 Construction Season, all which remain subject to ongoing labor dispute: Newton Street, Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Sherburn Circle, Wellesley Street (669-654), and Concord Road (1-81)
 
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Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station – 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. The Town is waiting for a response; 
  • 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 January 2019. It is anticipated that the project will be before the Conservation Commission on a meeting in January 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 Sake is under construction – Invert work for Phase I is now complete; 
  • Loring Road Drainage work (by #83) - piping and structures installed within easement area. Work in Loring Rd. to start the week of Dec. 31st;
  • Glen Road Drainage work (Shady Hill Road to Wellesley Street) – Work has started and over 420-feet of pipe and several structures were installed.  Less ledge encountered this past week.  Trenches were paved on Thursday
 
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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 weston.org;
  • 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 weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting on Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - Overseeing consultants’ work on proposed parking areas for the rail trail.  Preliminary plans developed, 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 Sake is nearing completion – see above for Phase I update.  Work on Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) started and underway;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  Moving forward on rebidding the project with an anticipated bid opening on February 28th. Project info and plans can be found at   weston.org/towncenter;
  • 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
 
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Engineering

  • Currently reviewing 12 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.;
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DPW employee reading a water meter

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 16 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 1 final read;
  • Continued reading water meters;
  • Cleaned out water gates and replaced broken covers;
  • Responded to 1 water quality water call
 
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Park and Cemetery Division

  • 1 grave dug with casket interment;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Cleared leaves in Linwood Cemetery and other park and cemetery locations;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners
 
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 24.25 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 480 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 320 lbs.;
  • Processed 2 cardboard containers – 10.48 tons;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 4.08 tons;
  • Processed 1 newspaper container – 11.24 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 7.19 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 4.41 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes –80 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,520 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
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: north, middle and south sections;
  • Respond to misc. calls for service:  clear illegal leaf dumping into culvert on Oak Street;
  • Traffic signage and maintenance repairs: Wellesley Street and Love Lane;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  Merriam St;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service;
  • Respond to flooding calls:  Kendal Common;
  • Check and clear waterways:  all sections and Oak Street culvert;
  • Clean and service equipment;
  • Organize and re-stock stormwater shop;
  • Snow and ice mobilization:  12/24/18 pre-treat mains, hills and bridges (1 general deicing event);
  • Work Zone Safety Training:  Highway and Stormwater divisions;
  • New Employee Plow Driver Training (S-12) – in-house;
  • New Employee Sidewalk Plow Training (H-23) – in-house;
  • Basic Sander Operation and Deicing Training – in-house;
  • Calibrate sander units;  
  • Receive sign stock from accident recovery vendor
 
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Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 8 school buses, 2 police vehicles, and 2 DPW trucks and other equipment, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 2 major repairs on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus Inspections and Bus No. 28 and replace rear brake rotors and brake pads
 

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