Town of Raynham
There are five major areas of responsibility that are under the jurisdiction of the Highway Department: Maintenance of Public Ways, Snow and Ice, Solid Waste, Parks and Grounds and Highway Facility and Equipment Maintenance. The department also reviews and oversees new residential and commercial development in conjunction with the Planning Board.
The Highway Department has 14 full-time employee positions, 1 part-time employee and additional seasonal employees. Of the 14 full-time positions, 4 are assigned to Maintenance of Public Ways, 3 to Solid Waste, 3 to Parks and Grounds, and the remaining 4 are support staff. The support staff is made up of the Highway Superintendent, General Foreman, Public Works Specialist, and Mechanic. Two vacant full-time positions within the department were filled this year. One remaining vacancy will be filled in 2017.
Maintenance of Public Ways
The Highway Department is responsible for the general maintenance of Public Ways in the Town of Raynham. Maintenance activities typically consist of pothole repair, roadside litter removal, roadside and brush mowing, cleaning catch basins, street sweeping, sidewalk cleaning, stormwater system repairs, storm cleanup, emergency repairs, pavement markings, street signage, and two traffic signals in areas under the Town’s jurisdiction. The Highway Department also assists most other Town Departments such as Police, Fire, Water, Sewer, Parks and Recreation, Council on Aging, Library, Town Hall and School Department on an as-needed or emergency basis. The Town Highway Department does not maintain Route 138 (Broadway), Route 44 (New State Highway) Route 24, or Route 495 which are under Mass DOT jurisdiction.
2016 Summary of Routine Maintenance Performed
Placement of bituminous concrete for street patching was performed as needed throughout the Town to repair potholes and utility trenches.
Many of the drainage easements and storm water retention areas the Town is responsible for were cut this period.
Street sweeping of all travel lanes of Town roadways was performed. All Town roads were swept at least once and nine public parking lots were swept.
Cleaned and/or inspected all Town-maintained catch basins as needed.
All pavement markings including centerlines, fog lines, stop bars and crosswalks were re-painted through the Town.
Conducted 24 property development inspections and 1 street opening inspection.
Issued 46 Street Opening Permits and 46 combination Street Opening Trench Permits.
Issued 40 Property Development Permits.
Issued 4 Public Works Construction Licenses.
Snow and Ice Removal
The Highway Department performs snow and ice removal operations on all public ways under the Town’s jurisdiction. The department has 7 large CDL trucks equipped with plows and/or salt spreaders, additional smaller plow trucks, and several piece s of heavy equipment. The department also relies on additional equipment from the Raynham Center Water District and private contractors to complete our snow fighting force. Rock salt is purchased and stored at our Highway Facility. The Highway Department is currently working on replacing the current 700 ton salt shed with a new larger 2000 ton capacity salt shed in the near future. Construction is estimated to begin in 2018.
For the winter season of 2015-2016, approximately 39.7 inches of snow was reported consisting of 14 total Snow & Ice related events which required a response from the Highway Department. Seven of the 14 events required plowing. The cost of this year’s program was approximately $251,501.23
2016 State Aid Chapter 90 and Town Funded Projects
This year the Highway Department used Chapter 90 funds and Sewer Department funds for qualified projects to perform partial and full depth pavement re-construction on portions of Dean Street (Sewer Pump Station to Hill Street intersection) Hill Street (Sarah Lane to Route 44), Suzanne Drive, Gretchen Way, Adam Lane, Sarah Lane, portions of South Street West (approximately from the Richmond Street intersection to Route 24), and Britton Street (between King Philip Street and Broadway). Repairs were also made to a portion of Church Street (near the River Street intersection) damaged from utility blasting operations. Road work primarily consisted of milling and overlaying with bituminous concrete in various thicknesses, except at the Church Street repair, which utilized the reclamation process (pulverizing) of existing pavement surface and mixing the pulverized materials with existing road base soils to improve the roadway subgrade.
During this work, sidewalk reconstruction was also performed on the portion of South Street West (south of the Route 44 intersection) and a portion of Mill Street (from the Raynham Housing Authority to the intersection of North Main Street). This work consisted of the removal of existing sidewalk and berm, and replacing it with granite curbing, ADA compliant walkways and ramps, and new pavement surfaces. Work performed this year totaled approximately 2.5 miles of road re-surfacing.
Highway Facility and Equipment Maintenance
Maintenance is generally performed on-site for all Highway Department vehicles and equipment. The department has one mechanic.
Capital Improvement Projects
At the Annual Town Meeting in November 2016, the Highway Department received approval to purchase a new 10 wheel dump truck equipped with a plow and sander, and a new roll-off truck for the Transfer Station operations. New equipment will be purchased in 2017.
Additionally, a second year appropriation of $100,000.00 was approved and placed in a stabilization fund for the future construction of a new salt storage facility.
Parks and Grounds Division
The Parks and Grounds Division of the Highway Department consist of 3 full time employees. They are responsible for the day to day mowing and general landscaping maintenance of the recreational facilities of the Town including Borden Colony, Johnson Pond, Merrill and LaLiberte~complexes, Raynham Middle School, and other small areas throughout the Town of Raynham. The maintenance activities generally include extensive mowing of grassy areas, marking and lining of playing fields, cutting brush and shrubs, beautification, mulching, oversight of fertilization program, operating and maintaining irrigation systems, and trash removal in designated areas. Work is performed in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department. During the growing seasons of spring, summer, and fall, it is necessary to add seasonal staff to meet the demands of the division. The division also assists with special events, parades, and holiday lighting.
The Solid Waste Division within the Highway Department consists of 3 full time employees and 1 part time employee. They are responsible for the daily operations of the Transfer Station and annual maintenance and upkeep of the closed landfill adjacent to the facility. The Transfer Station operation consists of municipal solid waste collection and a recycling center which includes the items and annual quantities listed below in the recycling report card.
The existing closed landfill was monitored and maintained in accordance with all DEP requirements. This consists of operation and maintenance of the gas flare, bi-annual mowing, groundwater and gas well monitoring and sampling, and other routine inspections. A small 2-4 acre grass fire occurred during the summer of 2016, but was contained and extinguished by the Raynham Fire Department. No permanent damage to the facility occurred.
Recycling Report Card
Totals updated to reflect tags and permits sold at Town Hall and Highway Department.