Monday, April 14, 2014

Street Sweeping Begins for 2014

The Dept. of Public Works has starting their annual street sweeping. We will be sweeping all of the main roads first in all of the Wards, then moving into the individual Wards in the following order: 4,3,2,1,7,6,5.  We expect that we will start sweeping the Wards in the beginning of May.

The D.P.W. will be sweeping the schools the week April 21 to the 25 during the day shift. Then we will return to finish sweeping the main roads the following week.  We will keep the blog updated with information, if you have any questions please contact the Highway Superintendent.

Friday, March 28, 2014

DPW Roads Scholar Announced

Baystate Roads Program has announced that Richard Parasiliti, Northampton Public Works Highway Superintendent has completed the requirements and awarded the rank of Roads Scholar.  Rich joins the ranks of other Public Works Officials in the State who have achieved this rank through continuing education at various workshops and seminars held by Baystate Roads.  The next milestone that Rich hopes to achieve will be the rank of Master Roads Scholar.

Baystate Roads Program is managed out of the UMass Transportation Center in Amherst.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

City Receives Hazard Mitigation Grants

The City of Northampton Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that it has received notice from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated two (2) hazard mitigation grants.  These reimbursable grants cover 75% of the project design, permitting and construction costs. The value of these grants total over $1.6 million.

The project grants will be used to stabilize an erosion issue on Roberts Meadow Brook downstream of Musante Beach and replace the River Road retaining wall along the Mill River. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Glendale Road Transfer Station Hours

In response to user feedback regarding the Saturday only hours at the Glendale Road Transfer Station and limited access to the compost area through Gate 2, the Board of Public Works recently approved the following changes: 

Starting April 1, 2014, the Glendale Road Transfer Station will be open Wednesdays 8 am – 12 pm and Saturdays 7 am – 12 pm. The transfer station will also accept leaves and grass (but not brush) during open hours in a 40 cubic yard container that will be accessible from the raised, paved recycling area.

Access through Gate 2 to the compost area where leaves, grass and brush will be accepted, remains  7 am – 4 pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from April 1st through November 30th.

Please contact Deb Laizer at 587-1570 ext. 4306 if you have any questions about these changes. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hinckley Street Reconstruction Meeting

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm, there will be a public meeting at the Feiker School on Riverside Drive to present and discuss the proposed plans for the reconstruction of Hinckley Street. It is an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the project and provide feedback on the proposed design before the plans are finalized and the project is put out to bid. All are welcome to attend. Please contact David Veleta at 587-1570 x4310 or if you have questions or need more information.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Active Timber Harvest Walk

You are invited to join the City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) and their consulting forester on a walk of an active timber harvest on water supply land to learn about the following:
  • The importance of Forest Stewardship Planning.
  • The relationship between a healthy forest and water quality protection.
  • The silivicultural treatments occurring in forest stands this winter near the Ryan Reservoir.
  • The various types of equipment used during timber harvesting.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10am - 12pm.  The walk starts near West Whately Reservoir by the intersection of Williamsburg and Conway Rd in West Whately.

For more information click the title of this posting.

Monday, January 13, 2014

City Receives State Grant for Dam Removal Design

On January 13, 2014,  the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced the communities that will be awarded grants and loans by the Patrick Administration under the $20 million Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Program.

 The City of Northampton (City) Public Works is pleased to announce that it will receive a grant of $75,000 that will be used to partially fund the design for the removal of the Upper Roberts Meadow Dam.  The dam is classified by the State Office of Dam Safety as a high hazard dam which has been found to be in poor condition.

The grant will help pay for the project design and permitting cost and will provide important relief to the water rate payers in the City.   The dam removal is tentatively scheduled to occur in 2015 pending approvals from state and federal regulators.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Old Springfield Rd Bridge Closed for Winter

The Northampton Department of Public Works will be performing the annual closing of the Old Springfield Road bridge for the winter on Tuesday December 3, 2013. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause motorists.  The bridge will reopen in the spring of 2014 after the flood season has ended.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant Award

The Northampton Department of Public Works' Water Division was selected by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) to receive a FY 2014 Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant in the amount of $64,450 to assist in purchasing a 26.5 acre parcel located in Conway, Massachusetts.

The parcel is located off of Whately Road and is within the watershed to the Francis P. Ryan Reservoir, the City's largest drinking water reservoir.   Land ownership and preservation by the Water Division offers the greatest degree of water supply protection.

The Northampton DPW appreciates the continued financial support from the EOEAA for source water protection.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Toy Exchange Promotes Reuse, Gives Toys Second Chance

The Reuse Committee’s Third Annual Holiday Toy Exchange will be held on Friday, December 6th and Saturday the 7th at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street.  Donations of clean, gently used, working toys and sports equipment will be collected Friday evening (5-8 PM) and early Saturday morning (8-9 AM).  Collected items will be available free of charge to the general public from 10 AM-Noon on Saturday.  Donations of gently used, clean, children’s outwear (coats, snow pants, hats & gloves/mittens) will also be collected for local children. This year co-sponsor Northampton Public Schools/CFCE (via grants from the MA Department of Early Education and Care) will help to reach parents on tight budgets via their extensive childcare network.  For more information contact Susan Waite at 413-587-1059.

Click here for more information.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Woodmont Road Work to Begin

Beginning on or about Wednesday, November 13th, work will begin on the construction of a new sewer "force" main on Woodmont Road.  The work will extend from the existing pump station, located just north of the bike path, to the intersection of Woodmont Road and North Street.

Woodmont Road will remain open for local traffic, but delays should be expected.  Motorists and users of the bike trail are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need additional information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kennedy Road Paving

Starting Thursday, October 31st, Lane Construction will be placing the base coat of pavement on Kennedy Road beginning at the Chesterfield Road end. The contractor will maintain one open lane during paving, but delays for through traffic may occur, and motorists should seek alternate routes along Audubon, River and Reservoir Roads to avoid delays. The contractor will maintain driveway access for residents as needed. Please contact the DPW at 587-1570 if you need more information.