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M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Water main breaks are a common occurrence during the year. You see them highlighted on the evening newscasts in mostly larger cities and towns as huge amounts of water buckles pavement and runs down the streets like a river. This also happens in Medfield but hopefully to a lesser degree. Older water main pipes sometimes develop cracks or leak at connections caused by age, frost heaves, ground shifting, other utilities in close proximity and sometimes contractor error. Depending on the time of year, these breaks could be very difficult to handle. Issues arise such as frigid temperatures, high ground water and mechanical breakdowns. Our Water Division staff is very well trained and proficient however there are times that mutual aid assistance from nearby towns are welcomed as in this instance with great help from our friends in Hopkinton, borrowing their vactor trailer to alleviate some of the soaked material around the pipe. They not only let us borrow their much needed equipment, they also got into the excavation trench to help any way they could. The large trench box was borrowed for safety from one of the local contractors along with their compressor to run a large drain pump. After the repair was made to the water main break, our Highway Division sent out a crew to make repairs to the roadway which included backfill, compaction and paving the large, disturbed area of the roadway. One special note is that each division of the DPW pitches in on projects when needed or called upon. Water Division 1 Misc. Events 1,2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Fun Facts 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 6 January 2020 WATER DIVISION: Water Main Breaks MISC. EVENTS: Medfield Green Development The 40B Development on the backside of the Medfield DPW Garage property is moving along quickly. The weather has been cooperating so far this winter season for the construction. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 6 During this year’s Holiday Stroll celebration in early December, the temperatures were hovering around the freezing point. The Highway Division sent out our sanders to salt the areas around the center of town to ensure the safety of our visiting attendees of the event. There was also personnel that walked along the sidewalks and into the park spreading ice melt to eliminate any icy patches which occurred as the crowds grew. Meet Jean Ouelette, Heavy Equipment Operator of the Medfield DPW Transfer Station. Jean was born and raised in Medfield and has been employed by the town for the past 14 years. He has worked at the Transfer Station his entire career taking over the position from his brother Paul. Jean was a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been operating heavy equipment for as long as he can remember. He is a true professional as a facility operator and is highly respected amongst his peers and the residents of the community. His personal interests includes being a classic street rod enthusiast. He has restored and continues to maintain his own classic vehicle. We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated professional and skilled employee in Jean. Page 2 Employee Spotlight De-Icing around the Holiday Stroll A Tribute to a Fallen DPW Worker DPW SAFETY TIPS DID YOU KNOW?  When using mapping apps or navigation, set the home address in your smartphone, GPS, and other devices to an address near your home, but not to your actual home address.  Long periods of time without proper breaks can lead to a decrease in focus or alertness. This can possibly also cause a loss in productivity; make sure you are taking regular breaks within your work day. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ www.town.medfield.net MISC. EVENTS: Authorities identified a Lawrence Department of Public Works employee fatally shot while performing road work on Wednesday afternoon, January 15th. Officers responded to the shooting and found Marcos A. Ruiz- Rodriguez, 52, of Methuen, suffering from gunshot wounds which eventually took his life. A tribute was organized by the DPW community to recognize the fallen worker. Our Medfield DPW sent one of our vehicles to join the procession on Thursday January 23rd. There were hundreds of DPW vehicles and personnel on-site to pay their respects to the victim’s family.20200205-The Works January 2020_Page_2

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Rubber Chip Seal is a preventative maintenance method used to extend the life of a roadway and is part of the roadway toolbox in the Town of Medfield’s Pavement Management System. Although rather inexpensive in relation to roadway reconstruction, the rubber chip seal method installs an aggregate that begins as a course riding surface that will smooth out within months. The “chips” that are laid down will adhere to the applied emulsion and the excess can be swept completely within minutes after installation. This method of roadway rehab will assist us in funding more construction projects to continue improving our infrastructure and extend the useful life of the roadway M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Sidewalk Rehabilitation Highway Projects 1 Water Maintenance 1 Wastewater Maintenance 2 Special Event 2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Safety Tips 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 5 October 2019 Rubber Chip Seal Roadway HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Causeway Street Resurfacing by means of Rubber Chip Seal Highway Division of the DPW conducting Sidewalk Rehabilitation on a section of Main Street WATER MAINTENANCE: Hydrant Flushing Hydrant Flushing was conducted in late Sept. into early Oct. Our crews worked overnight for these two weeks so that vehicle traffic, schools and work schedules were not affected. This is a very important step in our maintenance schedule to provide the Town with clean drinking water and extend the life of our water main infrastructure.. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 5 Page 2 Employee Spotlight Wastewater Treatment Plant—Parkson DynaSand Filtration System DPW SAFETY TIPS The Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel performed a large scale rehabilitation/ maintenance project over the summer months. The Parkson DynaSand Filtration System needed to be repaired with approximately 300 tons of specific quality grade sand replaced (picture to the left shows bags of the specialized treatment sand) With the completion of this needed operation, the Wastewater Treatment facility showed tremendous improvement in their regulatory compliance measures for water quality. The sand replacement required the use of the DPW’s large front end loader (seen at the bottom left of the picture) to lift each bag to be emptied into place. DID YOU KNOW? (Winter Safety Tips)  Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.  With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves. Meet Bill Donovan, Assistant Chief Operator of the Medfield Wastewater Treatment Facility. Bill is a 33 year veteran of the department who has earned a Grade 7 Mass Wastewater License from his tenure in the field. He is also a military veteran serving in the Navy and being recalled in the early 90’s to Active Duty in Desert Shield/ Storm. Along with working with the Department of Public Works, he has spent 32 years as an oncall Firefighter with the Town and obtained E.M.T. status from 1996-2011. He has been a leader in the wastewater industry for many years and an integral part of the wastewater treatment operation for the town. On September 25, 2019, the DPW hosted the NBM annual mechanic’s workshop for the second straight year. There were 100 mechanics from across the state in attendance. This annual event will most likely be held in our DPW facility again as we are centered geographically in the NBM area. Many vendors conducted presentations of new technology and methods that benefit all of these municipal mechanics. Lunch was also provided by the NBM Association including pulled-pork, corn bread sausage sandwiches and baked beans. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ www.town.medfield.net WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE: Norfolk Bristol Middlesex (NBM) Highway Association Mechanic’s Workshop SPECIAL EVENT:20191119-The Works October 2019_Page_2

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The Town of Medfield celebrated Arbor Day for 2019 by planting trees at The Center in Medfield on Ice House Road. Thank you to COA Director, Roberta Lynch and her staff for their assistance in the celebration. As part of the Town’s “Tree City USA” status, we will be conducting tree planting ceremonies each year on Arbor Day, some plantings will be dedicated to individuals or groups and some just to celebrate the day. All of the tree plantings are to improve the environment and the aesthetics of the area. M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Tree Division 1 Misc. Town/DPW Events 1, 2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Fun Facts 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 4 July 2019 Arbor Day Celebration TREE DIVISION: “Electric Time” in Medfield Congratulations to Tom and Brandie Erb and the entire staff of Electric Time in Medfield that have constructed their largest structured clock for a new train station in Thailand. The clock will be disassembled and packed in 3 large crates, shipped to Thailand and then reassembled. The assembly could take 2-3 days. MISC. TOWN/DPW EVENTS: Memorial Day Cleanup Special thanks to the Cemetery staff and the assistance of other DPW division staff members who worked tirelessly to prepare the Vine Lake Cemetery for Memorial Day and the parade through the Town. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4 During the Spring, the DPW asked for volunteers to help the Town pick up litter within the Town borders. We had many volunteers that came out on that weekend and we were able to collect over 300 bags of litter on roadsides, parking lots, the grounds of public buildings, churches, schools, parks and river fronts etc…. The cleanup effort was in conjunction with “Earth Day” week. We thank all of the volunteers that helped to clean up Medfield and we hope that many others will take the same initiative. Page 2 Employee Spotlight Meet Steve DellaCamera, Groundskeeper II of the DPW Cemetery Division. Steve is part of a dynamic duo that cares for and maintains the Vine Lake Cemetery as well as supporting the Highway Div. in multiple projects throughout the year. He takes great pride in ensuring that all aspects of the cemetery activities are carefully completed, including coordination of funerals. He holds a Class B Commercial Driver’s License as well as a 2A Excavator Hoisting License. He has been with the department since 2015 and had previously owned his own landscape/ construction company for 10 years prior. His experience and considerate personality makes him an asset to the community and an invaluable member of our team. Medfield Clean-up Days DPW Fun Facts DID YOU KNOW?  Medfield is the 43rd town which was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1651.  Medfield is 14.43 square miles in area. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ www.town.medfield.net Medfield DPW Food Drive The Medfield Department of Public Works held a Food Drive during the month of May at the Transfer Station to help support the Medfield Food Cupboard. Touch—A—Truck Also in May, the Medfield DPW went to the Middle School for a Touch -a-Truck event where many kids got a chance to climb on different vehicles and equipment.20190819-The Works July 2019_Page_2

2019 road repair schedule

At my office hours this morning, Tony Centore asked when Longmeadow was going to be repaved, and I recounted to Tony about Moe Goulet having recently presented his plan for this year (copy attached below), but that I did not recall what streets were on it.

Tony, Longmeadow is not!

Moe also has a five year plan, but said he did not release it because there are likely to be so many changes.  We told him better to release it, with the caveat that it is only a plan and that people cannot count on the actual dates.

Medfield, Massachusetts 'Proposed Roadway Capita/Improvement Plan - 2019 • costs Serve For Estimating Purposes Only. Not to be used for Bidding/Construction. Repair Type Width Square Yards Repair Police Contingency Supplemental Total Chapter 90 + Local CROSS STREET 0.43 Miles CROSSST-01 PHILIP ST KNOLL WOOD RD Crack Seal 22 1,580.49 $790.24 $39.51 $79.02 $0.00 $908.78 CROSSST-02 KNOLLWOOD RD GRACE DR Crack Seal 22 2,084.01 $1,042.01 $52.10 $104.20 $0.00 $1,198.31 CROSS ST-03 GRACE DR ELM ST Crack Seal 22 1,914.12 $957.06 $47.85 $95.71 $0.00 $1,100.62 Project Totals: 5,578.62 $2,789.31 $139.47 $278.93 $0.00 $3,207.71 DALE STREET 0.71 Miles DALE ST-01 NORTH ST ADAMSST Crack Seal 29 1,885.97 $942.98 $47.15 $94.30 $0.00 $1,084.43 DALE ST-02 ADAMSST TURTLE BROOK WAY Crack Seal 29 1,096.08 $548.04 $27.40 $54.80 $0.00 $630.24 DALE ST-03 TURTLE BOOK WAY THOMAS CLEWES RD Crack Seal 29 1,093.50 $546.75 $27.34 $54.68 $0.00 $628.76 DALE ST-04 THOMAS CLEWES RD NORTH MEADOWS RD Crack Seal 29 1,511.78 $755.89 $37.79 $75.59 $0.00 $869.27 DALE ST-05 NORTH MEADOWS RD GROVE ST Crack Seal 29 2,159.39 $1,079.70 $53.98 $107.97 $0.00 $1,241.65 DALE ST-06 GROVEST CHARLESDALE RD Crack Seal 29 860.39 $430.20 $21.51 $43.02 $0.00 $494.73 DALE ST-07 CHARLESDALE RD BRIDGE ST Crack Seal 27 3,219.40 $1,609.70 $80.48 $160.97 $0.00 $1,851.15 Project Totals: 11,826.51 $5,913.25 $295.66 $591.33 $0.00 $6,800.24 ELM STREET 0.27 Miles ELM ST-01 SOUTH ST CROSS ST Crack Seal 34 3,488.93 $1,744.47 $87.22 $174.45 $0.00 $2,006.14 ELM ST-02 CROSS ST STEVEN LN Crack Seal 34 1,864.94 $932.47 $46.62 $93.25 $0.00 $1,072.34 Project Totals: 5,353.87 $2,676.94 $133.85 $267.69 $0.00 $3,078.48 FOUNDRY STREET 0.19 Miles FOUNDRY ST-01 PHILIP ST NEBOST Crack Seal 22 2,492.90 $1,246.45 $62.32 $124.65 $0.00 $1,433.42 Project Totals: 2,492.90 $1,246.45 $62.32 $124.65 $0.00 $1,433.42 HARTFORD STREET 1.14 Miles HARTFORD ST-01 MAINST ROCKY WOODS RES. RD Crack Seal 23 8,507.04 $4, 253.52 $212.68 $425.35 $0.00 $4,891.55 HARTFORD ST-02 ROCKY WOODS RES.RD DOVERTL Crack Seal 23 6,826.05 $3,413.03 $170.65 $341.30 $0.00 $3,924.98 Project Totals: 15,333.09 $7,666.54 $383.33 $766.65 $0.00 $8,816.53 KNOLLWOOD ROAD 0.37 Miles KNOLLWOOD RD ELMST CROSS ST Crack Seal 28 6,156.01 $3,078.01 $153.90 $307.80 $0.00 $3,539.71 Project Totals: 6,156.01 $3,078.01 $153.90 $307.80 $0.00 $3,539.71 LEE ROAD 0.53 Miles LEE RD-01 STAGECOACH RD SNYDER RD Crack Seal 26 833.84 $416.92 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $416.92 LEE RD-02 SNYDER RD RIDGE RD Crack Seal 26 2,682.85 $1,341.43 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,341.43 ManageMyRoads by BETA 5/14/2019 This Report Is Intended For General Planning and Informational Purposes Only Page 1 of 320190514-DPW-proposed roadway work 2019_Page_220190514-DPW-proposed roadway work 2019_Page_3

Thanks Moe!

The Medfield Community Clean Up Day was a great idea!!!

And thanks to Bobby for sending me to “the pit!”  At least I now know where it is.

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BOS actions / street repairs

These are both my (1) notes of what happened at the Board of Selectmen meeting last night, and (2) the list of roads on which the DPW plans to do work this summer, that Maurice Goulet gave us at the meeting.

 

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Medfield Clean-Up Days 4/27 & 4/28

From the Medfield DPW –

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Medfield Clean Up Days

Medfield Clean Up Day Flyer 2019

Volunteers Needed! Take pride in your community and help clean up litter in your neighborhoods, parks, schools, and public buildings. Bring a Team! Ask your friends and co-workers! This is a great community service opportunity!  A few days prior to the event you can visit the Town Hall at 459 Main Street for your Medfield Clean Up Day Recycled Trash Bags as well as litter locations where we need your help!

For more information and a list of locations please call the DPW Office at 508 906-3003.