Friday, May 6, 2016

Construction Update - Week of May 9th

For the week of May 9th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Pre-Construction Begins
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Columbia Gas will continue relocating the gas line along Conz Street from the bowling alley toward Wright Avenue.
  • Once the gas relocation is complete, Gomes will begin replacing the water line from Wright Avenue to just beyond the levee. This work should take about 1 month.
  • Through traffic will be maintained at all times. Lane closures for one-way traffic are restricted to between 9 am and 3 pm. No detours are anticipated.
  •  If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed in June. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Comcast will complete final cut overs to new underground wiring and begin removing overhead wires. Verizon is scheduled to follow with their wiring and the removal of affected utility poles once their services have been transferred to the underground lines and overhead wires have been removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Friday, April 29, 2016

Construction Update - Week of May 2nd

For the week of May 2nd, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Pre-Construction Begins
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Columbia Gas will be relocating the gas line along Conz Street to the bowling alley during the next several weeks.
  • Once the gas relocation is complete, Gomes will begin replacing the water line from Wright Avenue to just beyond the levee. This work should take about 1 month.
  • Through traffic will be maintained at all times. Lane closures for one-way traffic are restricted to between 9 am and 3 pm. No detours are anticipated.
  •  If possible, motorists should seek alternate routes or EXPECT DELAYS. Please obey directions from police officers and be considerate of the work area and other motorists.
 Warner Street Sewer Project - Federal Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will be on site to repair driveway aprons and do final cleanup. Loam and seed areas will be monitored until vegetation is established.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed in June. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Comcast will complete final cut overs to new underground wiring and begin removing overhead wires. Verizon is scheduled to follow with their wiring and the removal of affected utility poles once their services have been transferred to the underground lines and overhead wires have been removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Street Sweeping Operations 2016

The Dept. of Public Works has starting their annual street sweeping. We will be sweeping the Wards in the following order: 2, 1, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.  We expect that we will start in the last week of April.

We will also be sweeping the Downtown Business District every other week during the sweeping season from 11pm to 7am. The dates will vary and be dependent on the weather.

The D.P.W. has already completed sweeping the City school parking lots, as well as the streets that will be crack sealed during this construction season.

We will keep the blog updated with information.  If you have any questions please contact the Highway Superintendent.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Water and Sewer Rates for Fiscal Year 2017

The Northampton City Council has approved the water and sewer rates for FY2017 as follows:


WATER RATE

Customer with 1" water meter or smaller
Tier 1 consumption: 0 - 16 CCF $4.36 per CCF
Tier 2 consumption: >16 CCF $5.82 per CCF

Customers with water meter larger than 1"
All consumption $5.72 per CCF

(CCF = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons)

SEWER RATE

Non-metered $7.52 per CCF based on 80% of metered water consumption
Metered $7.52 per CCF

In addition to the new tiered volumetric rates, the DPW will implement the following fees:

QUARTERLY FIXED CHARGE

5/8" meter = $12.64
3/4" meter = $18.96
1" meter = $31.59
1.5" meter = $63.17
2" meter = $101.07
3" meter = $189.51
4" meter = $315.85
6" meter = $631.69
8" meter = $1,010.69

NOTE: Customers who currently qualify for a low-income exemption on Real Estate or the Community Preservation Act (CPA) will receive an exemption on their water and sewer bill equivalent to the fixed charge.

Construction Update - Week of April 25th

For the week of April 25th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Various Streets Repaved in 2015 -
Warner Bros will be completing the following miscellaneous work:
  • Monday-Friday: Chesterfield and Reservoir Roads, gravel shoulders
  • Tuesday: Hydroseeding, various streets
 Warner Street Sewer Project - Federal Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will continue restoration of disturbed areas and punch list items remaining from the sewer construction work. Paving is scheduled for Thursday.
Florence Rd/Rte 66, Jackson St/Bridge Rd & South St/Munroe St
  • Monday-Tuesday: Central Mass Signal will be installing audible pedestrian buttons at these intersections. 
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed in June. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Comcast is in the process of installing wire and transferring from overhead utilities to underground. Verizon is scheduled to follow with their wiring and the removal of affected utility poles once Comcast and Verizon services have been transferred to the underground lines and overhead wires have been removed. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Construction Update - Week of April 18th

For the week of April 18th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Various Streets Repaved in 2015 -
Warner Bros will be completing the following miscellaneous work:
  • Monday-Wednesday:  Driveway aprons on Prospect Street
  • Thursday: Chesterfield Road gravel shoulders
  • Friday: Reservoir Road gravel shoulders
 Warner Street Sewer Project - Federal Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will be on site starting Monday or Tuesday to complete restoration and punch list items remaining from the sewer construction work. Milling and paving of the roadway is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 25th.
 Pleasant Street/Route 5 at the Levee near I-91
  • AJ Virgilio Construction is scheduled to do night work on the flood control stop log structures and do a trial wall deployment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 pm until 5 am. One way traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays.  
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed in June. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • National Grid and Comcast are in the process of installing wire and transferring from overhead utilities to underground. Verizon is scheduled to follow with their wiring and the removal of affected utility poles once all services have been transferred to the underground lines and overhead wires have been removed. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Construction Update - Week of April 11th

For the week of April 11th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Various Streets Repaved in 2015 -
Warner Bros will be completing the following miscellaneous work:
  • Monday-Tuesday:  Handicap ramps on Milton Street.
  • Wednesday:  No work.
  • Thursday: Handicap ramp at Florence and Ryan Road intersection
  • Friday: Driveway transitions on Prospect Street 
 Warner Street Sewer Project - Federal Street to Maplewood Terrace
  • Ludlow construction will be on site in the next week or two to address punch list items remaining from the sewer construction work. Milling and paving of the roadway is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 25th.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park.
  • The park will be closed to the public for the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed in June. The stairway from the Roundhouse parking lot to South Street at the back of the Academy of Music will remain open.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • National Grid and Comcast are in the process of installing wire and transferring from overhead utilities to underground. Verizon is scheduled to follow with their wiring and the removal of affected utility poles once all services have been transferred to the underground lines and overhead wires have been removed. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Flood Control Work - Pleasant Street/Route 5

During the week of April 4 through April 8th, work to improve the functionality of the stop log structures for the Connecticut River Flood Control system near Pleasant Street will be performed, weather permitting.


The stop log walls are designed to close the railroad and Route 5 in the event of a major flood event. This project is part of the City's on on-going efforts to maintain the flood control system for the protection of the City. Work on the railroad stop log should not impact the general public.

Work in Route 5 is scheduled to be performed between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am in order to minimize impacts to traffic. At least one lane of the highway will be open to traffic, but users should expect delays and use alternate routes where possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Crescent Street - Temporary Road Closure

The Department of Public Works will be closing Crescent St. from Langworthy Road to Bancroft Road to thru traffic on Friday March 25th, 2016, between the hours of 7:30am to 12noon. The Dept. of Public Works will be working with National Grid and Northern Tree Service to remove a large tree that requires a crane to be set up in the roadway. That section of roadway will be accessible for local traffic only, motorists are advised to be cautious when traveling near this work zone, and a police detail will be present to assist in directing traffic.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

City Awarded a Grant for a Habitat and Invasive Species Management Plan for Water Supply Land

City Awarded Grant for a Habitat and Invasive Species Management Plan for Water Supply Land

The City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) was awarded a 2016 MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant (MHMGP) for $15,648 for habitat and invasive species management on a former apple orchard within the watershed to the Mountain Street Public Drinking Water Reservoir.  DPW proposes the removal of invasive shrubs and vines to maintain and improve early successional shrubland and young forest habitat.  Tree regeneration is completely lacking in the proposed project area and there is excessive growth of native grapevines and invasive oriental bittersweet. 

By managing invasive species, this project will benefit the 11.5 acre project site, and will also benefit 51.5 acres of adjacent water supply property. Adjacent water supply land is currently being logged to remove red pine plantations that are declining because of the invasive red pine scale.  Mulching and mowing the oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose and other invasive shrubs will reduce the seed source in the area and reduce the spread of invasive species into nearby forest stands.  The project goal  is to establish  an early successional forest comprised mostly of native species with residual apple trees and scattered forest trees. 

According to the 2015 Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP), shrubland and early successional habitats are generally lacking within Massachusetts forests.  A number of games species and species listed in the SWAP will benefit from the changes in habitat including: black bear, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, bobcat, coyote, red and gray fox, fisher and mink.  Other species that may use these areas include: North American racer, whip-poor-will, black-billed cuckoo, Nashville warbler, eastern towhee, prairie warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, field sparrow, brown thrasher, blue-winged warbler, white-throated sparrow and New England cottontail.  Many forest-breeding species utilize edge and early successional forest in post fledgling life stages, including wood thrush, scarlet tanager and broad-winged hawk.

Contact: James R. Laurila, P.E, Interim DPW Director

Friday, January 15, 2016

Northampton’s Drinking Water Lead Levels Well Below Federal Limits in 2015

The ongoing drinking water emergency in Flint, Michigan has caused an increase in media discussion regarding lead in drinking water. Northampton’s water is treated daily to comply with federal lead regulations. 

In 2015, thirty samples were taken from locations across Northampton and analyzed for lead. Half of these samples showed no lead contamination and the highest result was .00839 mg/l, well below the Federal Action Level of .015 mg/l.

The situation in Flint resulted from the water system failing to implement the proper treatment after making an abrupt change in supply source.

For more information on lead in drinking water please visit:
http://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule

Complete information on Northampton’s drinking water will be published in our Consumer Confidence Report for 2015.  This report will be mailed with your water bill in the coming months.

Please contact the Water Division at 413-587-1097 if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bridge St Cemetery Preservation Plan and Public Forum

Bridge Street Cemetery is having a Master Plan for Preservation created.  Northampton Public Works has posted documents associated with this project at the following link.  As new documents are received they will be added to this folder.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-1XA9WgFqjLLXJKejlHREFmWDQ

There will be a public forum about the preservation plan on Thursday, Feb 11th from 7-8:30pm at the Northampton Senior Center.  All are welcome to listen and contribute to the current draft plan.

For further information contact James Laurila, Northampton City Engineer.
jlaurila@northamptonma.gov
(413) 587-1570 x4307