John V. Scenna
Director, Public Works
MISSION STATEMENT PUBLIC WORKS
To maintain the City’s infrastructure, provide safe and efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians; provide for dependable solid waste pickup and promote recycling, provide safe water distribution and sewer collection; and to expand and improve the city’s infrastructure systems to meet the future needs of the citizenry.
|Projects & Notices||Collection Information||Requests & Reports|
|2013 Fall Street Sweeping||Curbside Recycling Schedule||DPW Service Request|
|Ward & Precinct Map||Solid Waste||Report a Pot Hole|
|2013 Fall Curbside Yard Waste Collection||Yard Waste Collection||Report a Streetlight Outage|
|2013 Water Flushing Program||Recycling Info|
|Saturday Recycling Event|
|Plastic Bag Recycling, Nov. 16|
The Department of Public Works will hold a plastic bag recycling event on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Public Works Operations Facility (72 Tremont Street). The new Whole Foods Market in Melrose is collecting and recycling the bags for us. This is the last Saturday recycling event of the year.
The items collected at all events include: CRT’s ($7) including televisions, monitors, and lap tops, CFL bulbs, tires ($2-4), mercury items, clothes, books, dried latex paint, metal and white goods ($15) including microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, pipes, sofa beds, recliners, and exercise equipment. The fees help defray the expenses associated with properly recycling the materials (checks only). Recycling stickers, curbside recycling bins ($6) and educational information will also be available.
To accomplish these functions, the Department is organized into eleven divisions:
Public Works Department Administration and Engineering Divisions are responsible for the overall management of Public Works; staff training; purchasing, procurement and contract administration; street lighting; utility company oversight; traffic signal oversight; Traffic Commission; operations and capital project budgeting; development and oversight of master plans; engineering design, specifications and plan preparation; provides engineering review of development proposals, subdivisions and other construction projects and provides support to Planning Board and Zoning Board; responsible for construction administration, management and inspection for city projects; right-of-way maintenance, GIS systems; and permitting; provides management and maintenance for City Hall.
Tree planting programs; tree maintenance programs; tree trims and takedowns; stump grinding; tree removals; Tree Warden and Arborist services; Public/private tree planting program; and Arbor Day and Tree City USA events. Please click here for more information.
Highway Division is responsible for street sweeping, pothole reparis, curb, sidewalk and roadway repairs, catch basin cleaning, NPDES oversight; street lighting; traffic signals; traffic signs; roadway detours for construction work and other functions; street line and crosswalk line painting; Election Limit painting; Train Station maintenance and maintenance of all municipal parking lots; specail City events such as the Victorian Fair, Home for the Holidays and Veterans Day celebrations; City wide American Flags; winter sanding and snow removal.
Highway Division goals include continuation of the city-wide street sweeping program, traffic line and crosswalk painting program, expanded sidewalk repair program and continuation of the Chapter 90 road program. Also included are the $2.7 million Ell Pond Drainage Upgrade project and the $1.4 million Converse Lane program. We will also be implementing the Mayor’s $6,000,000 drainage upgrade program to address the Ward 2 flooding issue as well as flooding issues in other areas.
Sanitation Division is responsible for the daily pickup of Solid Waste; oversight of the curbside recycling program; spring, summer and fall curbside Yard Waste pickup; downtown barrel and clean-up programs; City Yard drop off programs including TVs, computers, tires, mercury items, textiles, yard waste, propane tanks, glass bottles and jars, No. 1-7 plastic bottles and jars, tin, steel, aluminum, food and beverage cans, cardboard, and paper; management of the City’s compost site; curbside white goods pickup; Christmas tree collection, disposal and wood chip program; and implementation of Hazardous Waste Day and other special drop off events.
Operates and maintains two water pump station, four sewer pump stations, maintains 80 miles of water, 78 miles of sewer, 850 hydrants, and 1,340 water gates; maintain and read 8,500 water meters quarterly; prepare quarterly billing for about 700,000,000 gallons of water; prepare quarterly billing for sewer fee and trash fee; implements DEP lead testing and reporting; manages Senior Citizen water and trash Discount Programs; engineering, design and construction oversight of all water and sewer captial programs; continuation of our water improvement aimed at water system upgrades, replacement of substandard water services, fire hydrants and gate valves.
The Cross Connection Control Law helps insure that your public water supply is safe from contamination from pollutants. Among other requirements, this law recommends the use of a backflow preventer on your exterior garden hose to prevent the introduction of contaminants into your drinking water. Read more about this important protection for your drinking water safety here.