The Department of Public Works respectfully submits its report for the year 2012.
The Engineering Division had another busy and productive year in 2012 with a staff of one. The duties were widespread. Lot grading plans were reviewed and approved in conjunction with construction projects, as well as the required inspections during construction and through occupancy were performed. The department provided abutters lists for various board hearings and meetings. Field inspections were conducted on an on-going basis for any subdivisions that were on-going at various stages. Public Works projects that were worked on were varied and included assisting contractors on drainage, water, and roadway improvements. Street line surveys were performed for trees, and utility poles.
Substantial time was spent with Engineers, Surveyors, Real Estate Brokers, Appraisers, Lawyers, and Contractors for plan, map, flood plain research, inspections of construction, and final completion of projects. Assistance is always given to consulting engineers that are working for the Town on a wide variety of projects. Assistance was given to the Town of Randolph Police Department on many cases with plan, map, and aerial photography copies as well as on-call expert witness representation.
The department provided all Town departments with map, plan, deed, street, and utility research and analysis, as well as the annual update of the Town Assessor’s Maps and other town maps were performed as required.
This division is staffed with 11 full time employees. The duties of the Highway division include street sweeping, catch basin cleaning, pothole repair, pavement maintenance, traffic signal and sign maintenance, lining and striping, grounds maintenance of Town buildings and park areas (not including school property), roadside cleaning, snow and ice operations, and the maintenance of all DPW equipment.
Work continued in conjunction with the development of the Pavement Management System. This will consist of a street by street road condition inspection. The results of this inspection will be used to generate a complete roadway condition inventory for the entire Town. This inventory will then be used to prepare a road improvement capitol plan by which road improvements will be scheduled. Road improvements will be based on available Town funds and Chapter 90 State Aid funds. The development of the pavement management report will serve as the tool for long range road improvement planning. All of our roadway improvement projects are coordinated with other utility improvements so that all improvements are made prior to roadway improvements.
The 2012 road construction season saw the following roadway improvement projects completed: : Stoughton Street, Highland Glen Drive, Park Street, Memorial Parkway, North Street (from Union Street to Mill Street), and Scanlon Drive. Roadway improvement projects started in 2012 that will be completed in 2013 include Liberty Street and Reed Street (from High Street to Canton Street). Small paving repair projects were also completed along with a continuation of the crack sealing program. Crack sealing is an important process in maintaining roads so they do not deteriorate after other improvements have been completed on them. During the winter of 2013 streets will continued to be evaluated and a list of proposed roadwork will be presented to the Town Manager. Roadways that are scheduled for improvement in 2013 that will be presented to the
Town Manager include: Sarah Street, Upham Street, Maple Street, Selwyn Road (from Stoughton Street to L’Heureux Circle), and Reynolds Ave. Additional roadway assessments will be made at the end of the 2012-2013 winter season to prioritize roadways that deteriorated substantially during the winter process.
This division also worked closely with Town Manager David Murphy in all of the ongoing efforts to beautify the Town. Plans are underway for a continuation of that program in 2013.
Roadside littering and dumping continues to be a thorn in the side of this division and the Town as a whole. We ask all citizens and businesses to work with the Town to try to eliminate this problem and to help keep Randolph clean
This division is staffed with 3 full time employees. The duties of this division include the daily maintenance of nearly 100 miles of sewer mains ranging in size from 6” – 36” and 9 pumping stations.
Plans and specifications were finalized and sealed bids were received for pump station upgrades to the following stations, Summit Road, Fawn Circle, and the Donovan School. These pump stations were originally built in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Improvements to these sewer pump stations along with some sewer line replacements were completed during the 2012 construction season. The Vine Street sewer pump station is the next scheduled station for upgrade and plans will be developed in 2013 for that work along with an Infiltration and Inflow removal project.
Removal of grease and disposable cleaning products from the sewer system continues to be a daily struggle for this division. All residents are urged to dispose of grease and cleaning products properly and not in the sewer system. The buildup of grease in sewer lines will eventually clog the line to the point where the lines will no longer flow and a backup will occur. When a backup occurs many times a sewer manhole will overflow in the street or in most cases the backup will find its way into a home or a business. Either way a costly cleanup ensues along with potential health risks.
This division is staffed with 5 full time employees. The duties of this division include the daily maintenance of nearly 100 miles of water mains ranging in size from 2” to 24”, 1100 fire hydrants, and over 9000 services and meters.
In 2009 the DPW applied for and received another grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) totaling $6 million dollars for the continuation of our water system rehabilitation program. The following water main improvements were included in this grant request and completed in 2012: Cleaning and lining of the 14” main on North Main Street from Canton Street to Union Street, cleaning and lining of the 14” main on Pond Street from Grove Ave. to the pumping station. Replacement of the existing 6” cast iron main with a new 8” ductile iron mains on the following streets; Vine Street, Tangen Street, Nelson Drive, Norroway Ave., Waldo Street, Hall Street, Diauto Drive, Maple Street, Maple Circle, and South Street. All of the water main improvements that are done increase water quality along with providing increased flows and
pressure for fire protection. There still remains approximately 60,000 feet of 6” water mains that need cleaning and lining. Cost estimates are being developed in order to seek out any grant opportunities and possible funding sources for this work. We have applied for another grant from DEP to clean and line the 12” water mains on Union Street and South Main Street. Both of these mains were installed in the late 1800’s and are in need of cleaning and lining and new gate and hydrant installations.
The concept of a regional water treatment plant continued to progress slowly in 2012. The Towns of Braintree, Holbrook and Randolph are working to complete the design, gain financing, and construct this new plant. Funding concerns raised by the Town of Holbrook have slowed the process and may impact the construction of a new regional plant. The three Towns are working together to address the funding concerns of Holbrook and continue to make this new plant a reality. The regional plant is the most economically feasible way to replace the aging water treatment plants in both Randolph/Holbrook, and Braintree.
The DPW remains committed to providing the highest level of service attainable with the dollars and manpower available to maintain our most valuable infrastructure for the people of Randolph.
If you have any questions or comments relative to any DPW program you may contact DPW Supt. David Zecchini at 781-961-0940.
I would like to thank all of the other Town departments, Boards and Committees for their continued assistance and support. A special thank you is directed to the dedicated DPW employees for their continued hard work and efforts.
David A. Zecchini, Supt.