Monday, December 17, 2012
A move in the process could prevent delayed road repairs, such as have occurred this year.
Many road projects scheduled for the 2012 construction season will not be completed until the spring of 2013, but the Town Council wants to avoid this in future years. The delay is due in part to a late start in the process, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee. The work did not go out to bid until late July. Town Councilor Cecilia Lenk said that means much of the prime construction time was missed. “We are missing most of the summer if not all of the fall,” Lenk said. The whole road repair process needs to move back, said Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli said. “We are having the council approve projects in August for projects that should be done over the summer,” Piccirilli said. “We need to move the process back four months.” In …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Bring your styrofoam, paper, cardboard and tires to the Public Works Facility on Jan. 5.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The following information was provided by Watertown Public Works: Watertown Public Works in conjunction with the Watertown Recycling Advisory Board will be hosting Post Holiday Paper Shredding, Styrofoam, Hard Plastics (Tyke toys, kiddie pools, resin outdoor furniture), Cardboard & Tire Collection (tires without rims). A post-holiday recycling event will be held Jan. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Works Facility, 124 Orchard St. in Watertown. Do you have sensitive personal documents that you'd like to recycle but worried about identity theft? Bring them and watch them be shredded before your eyes! Do you feel overwhelmed by holiday styrofoam packaging materials? Watertown Public Works and the Recycling Advisory Board would …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Teamsters agreed to a contract with a 2.5 percent raises in each of the next two years.
The Town Council voted Tuesday night to approve an contract with the Teamsters Local 25, representing Watertown Public Works employees, which provides 2.5 percent raises in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013. The union had a one year agreement with the town for the fiscal 2010, which ended in July 2010, that provided no raise. The new three-year contract gave no raise for fiscal 2011, which ended in July, but provides 2.5 percent raises the next two years, said Town Manager Michael Driscoll. Workers will also receive $450 a year for boots and foul weather gear, Driscoll said, which will replace a $1,000 allowance for uniforms and cleaning of the clothes. "The deal is fair for the employees, the Town of Watertown and the town alike," Driscoll said…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The streets of Watertown were swept by members of the Public Works Department — no contractors were called in.
The unusual October snow storm dumped enough snow on Watertown to require street plowing and salting, and Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee said he was happy with the way his crews handled the wet slushy snowfall. "It was a freak storm," Mee said. "Overall, our ability deal with a storm so early in the year was impressive, and we did it without contractors." Mee called in his workers early on Saturday to prepare for the storm. The biggest frustration was figuring out just how much snow Watertown would get. "The most difficult part of the storm was trying to interpret the many different weather forecasts," Mee said. "Each had a different message." Plow drivers faced some obstacles, such as raised man holes on streets being repaved, …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Money was earmarked for other projects but is left over or was not spent.
While searching through capital projects past and present, town officials discovered nearly $11 million in unspent capital funds from Department of Public Works projects. Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli discussed the findings of the Budget and Finance Committee at Tuesday’s Council meeting. He also discussed Watertown’s spending priorities for major projects and purchases. Steve Corbett, council vice president, said he was surprised to that that $11 million could be found in the town’s capital budget. Piccirilli said they come from a few places: Town Auditor Tom Tracy said while capital spending is reviewed each year, this was the first year that they were examined so closely. Using the left over money, the town can postpone borrowing $2…
Friday, January 28, 2011
Watertown's snow removal funds were down to $54,000 before Wednesday's storm.
With the town’s snow removal budget whittled down to $54,000 before Wednesday’s storm, the Town Council approved a request to allow the town to exceed the original snow budget of $791,000. “The snowfall in December and January has already gone beyond the snowfall Watertown typically has seen in a winter,” said Town Manager Michael Driscoll. Driscoll made the request at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Communities can take this step under Mass. General Law Ch. 44, sec. 31D. “This allows us to be in excess beyond the appropriated dollars,” Driscoll said. “(Later this year) a request will come back to the council to cover any potential shortfall.” Town Council President Mark Sideris said he does not like to have to go beyond the allotted …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Department of Public Works put emergency rules into effect due to heavy snows on Sunday. Trash pick up delayed a day this week.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Town of Watertown has declared a snow emergency effective at noon Sunday, Dec. 26 and will remain in effect until further notice. For safety reasons, trash and recycling will be picked up a day late, due to inclement weather, the town will be on a holiday schedule. On Street Parking is Banned Until Further Notice Residents are urged to use designated off street parking areas as listed below: Please remember, during a snow event any vehicle parked at a school facility must be removed no later than 6 a.m. to allow for snow removal. Travel conditions can be extremely poor and residents are advised to remain in doors. Please assist the Public Works, Fire and Police departments by keeping vehicles off the street and allowing our streets …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Department of Public Works has $22 million budget, but no one dedicated to overseeing it full time.
One of the things on top of the town official's Christmas list this year is someone to oversee the Department of Public Works budget. This week, the Personnel and Town Organization Committee looked at openings in the town government as part of a possible reorganization of Town Hall. The town councilors on the committee – John Lawn, Susan Falkoff and John Donohue – paid particular attention to public works. The DPW has not had someone to oversee the department budget since Deputy Superintendent Sue Tamber left this fall, said Town Manager Michael Driscoll. It is critical to have someone in place to plan for next year's budget, since DPW accounts for $22 million of the town budget of about $100 million. "We can't go into the new budget time …