Friday, June 24, 2016

Construction Update - Week of June 27th

For the week of June 27th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Gomes will continue with water main installation.
  • Gomes will stop work at noon on Friday, July 1st and will not be working the week of July 4th.
  • 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. 
Florence Road
  • Wednesday-Friday: Geeleher Construction will be doing drainage repairs on Florence Road between Scanlon Avenue and Florence Heights.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park. A Grand Opening for Phase 1 is scheduled for July 13th at 5 pm.
Pulaski Park Underground Utilities
  • Verizon has installed underground wiring and is scheduling cut over connections so that remaining overhead wires and utility poles can be removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Water Use Restirctions in Effect

The City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) is implementing a water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply. Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life.

An immediate ban on nonessential outdoor water use is required. The following water uses are not allowed between 9am and 5pm.

  • Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose
  • Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
  • Production of food is exempt from restrictions. 
The City’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP requires that water restriction be implemented when stream-flow in the Mill River drops below a certain quantity of flow (26.3 cubic feet per second) for a 3-day period. The water restriction can be lifted when the stream flow rises about that level for 7 consecutive days. The City will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted. Please visit the DPW website for water conservation tips.

Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 325 and Chapter 40 of the City Ordinances. These fines are $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations.

Donna LaScaliea,
Director of Public Works

Friday, June 17, 2016

Construction Update - Week of June 20th

For the week of June 20th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Gomes will continue with water main installation.
  • 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. 
Various Streets
  • Crack Sealing, Inc. will be crack sealing various city streets as weather and their schedule allows. Streets must be basically dry in order for this work to proceed.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park with completion of Phase 1 anticipated in mid to late July.
  • 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
  • Verizon has installed underground wiring and is scheduling cut over connections so that remaining overhead wires and utility poles can be removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Friday, June 10, 2016

Construction Update - Week of June 13th

For the week of June 13th, weather permitting, the following work is scheduled:

Conz and Pleasant Streets - Roundabout Construction
  • Gomes Construction of Ludlow is the general contractor for the roundabout construction under a contract with MassDOT.
  • Gomes will continue with water main installation.
  • 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. 
Various Streets
  • Crack Sealing, Inc. will be crack sealing various city streets over the next several weeks as weather and their schedule allows. Streets must be basically dry in order for this work to proceed.
Florence Road
  • Traffic counters have been removed from Florence Road north of Scanlon Avenue and approaching the intersection of Ryan Road and Spring Streets and collected data is being processed. The temporary speed hump installed in the northbound lane and will remain in place until mid-June to determine its effectiveness for traffic calming.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park with completion of Phase 1 anticipated in mid to late July.
  • 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
  • Verizon has installed underground wiring and is scheduling cut over connections so that remaining overhead wires and utility poles can be removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Friday, June 3, 2016

Construction Update - Week of June 6th

For the week of June 6th, 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.
  • Gomes will continue with water main installation.
  • 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.
Hampton Avenue
  • Traffic counters were placed on Hampton Avenue last week and will be removed mid-week. 
Various Streets
  • Crack Sealing, Inc. will be crack sealing various city streets over the next several weeks a weather and their schedule allows. Streets must be basically dry in order for this work to proceed.
Florence Road
  • Traffic counters have been removed from Florence Road north of Scanlon Avenue and approaching the intersection of Ryan Road and Spring Streets and collected data is being processed. The temporary speed hump installed in the northbound lane and will remain in place until mid-June to determine its effectiveness for traffic calming.
Pulaski Park
  • Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare, Inc. continues with the renovation of Pulaski Park with completion of Phase 1 anticipated in mid to late July.
  • 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
  • Verizon has installed underground wiring and is scheduling cut over connections so that remaining overhead wires and utility poles can be removed.
Contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information

Friday, May 27, 2016

Construction Update - Week of May 30th

For the week of May 30th, 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.
  • There will be NO WORK on Monday and Tuesday due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Gomes will begin water main installation on Wednesday June 1st.
  • 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.
Florence Road
  • Traffic counters have been placed on Florence Road north of Scanlon Avenue and approaching the intersection of Ryan Road and Spring Streets. A temporary speed hump has been installed in the northbound lane and will remain in place until mid-June to determine its effectiveness for traffic calming.
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
  • Verizon is scheduled to install their underground wiring and remove 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, May 20, 2016

Construction Update - Week of May 23rd

For the week of May 23rd, 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 work is complete.
  • Gomes will be doing miscellaneous work Monday through Thursday, such as saw cutting, to prepare for water main installation, which will begin on Wednesday June 1st.
  • There will be NO WORK on Friday and the following Monday and Tuesday due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • 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.
Florence Road
  • Traffic counters have been placed on Florence Road north of Scanlon Avenue and approaching the intersection of Ryan Road and Spring Streets. A temporary speed hump has been installed in the northbound lane and will remain in place until mid-June to determine its effectiveness for traffic calming.
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
  • Verizon is scheduled to install their underground wiring and remove 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, May 13, 2016

Construction Update - Week of May 16th

For the week of May 16th, 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.
  • Monday: Gomes Construction will be removing traffic islands.
  • 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.
Florence Road
  •  Traffic counters have been placed on Florence Road north of Scanlon Avenue and appraoching the intersection of Ryan Road and Spring Streets. A temporary speed hump will be installed in the northbound lane on Thursday, May 19th and remain in place for one month to its determine the effectiveness for traffic calming.
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, 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.