Town of Raynham, Massachusetts
558 South Main Street, Raynham, MA 02767
ph: 508.824.2707
Highway Department
Annual Report
2015

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 Maintenance. The Department also reviews and oversees new development.

The Highway Department has 12 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and additional seasonal employees. Of the 12 full-time employees, 2 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.

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 Brush Mowing, Cleaning Catch Basins, Street Sweeping, Sidewalk Cleaning, Drainage System Repairs, Storm Cleanup, Emergency Repairs, Pavement Markings, Street Signage, and Traffic Signals in areas under the Towns jurisdiction. The Highway Department also assists other Town Departments such as Police, Fire, Water, Sewer and School on an as needed or Emergency basis. The Town Highway Department does not maintain Route 138 Broadway Street or Route 44.

2015 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; some main roads were swept several times and nine public parking lots.
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 14 property development inspections and 1 street opening inspection.
Issued 6 Street Opening Permits and 34 combination Street Opening Trench Permits.
Issued 16 Property Development Permits.
Issued 6 Public Works Construction Licenses.

Snow & Ice Removal

The Highway Department performs Snow & Ice Removal operations on all Public Ways under the Towns jurisdiction. The department has 6 large trucks equipped with salt spreaders and plows and additional smaller plow trucks. The Department also relies on additional Water Department equipment and private contractors to complete its snow fighting force depending on the size of the event. Rock salt is stored at our Highway Facility and purchased locally. A snow plan is followed for salting and plowing operations. Weather monitoring equipment is also part of the operation. Approximately 79.6 inches of Snow was reported for the season including 37 total events, of which 11 were plowing events that occurred requiring a response from the Highway Department during the winter of 14-15 season. The cost of this year’s program was approximately $424,235.48

2015 State Aid Chapter 90 and Town Funded Projects

This year the Highway Department used Chapter 90 Funds for qualified projects to perform partial and full depth pavement re-construction on portions of King Philip Street(Broadway Street to the Taunton town line),  Judson Street (Hill Street intersection west to the sewer pump station at drainage culvert area,  Church Street (Route 44 to the Taunton River bridge), Dean Street (Church Street to Hill Street intersection), Hill Street (Dean Street intersection to Sarah Drive intersection), Captain’s Landing, Alexander Drive, Tearall Road (Judson Street to Dear Hollow Road), and Lordan Road . Temporary repairs were also performed on a portion of Locust Street (Pleasant Street to Water Tank).  This work generally consisted of milling and/or reclamation (pulverizing) of existing pavement surface and mixing the pulverized materials with existing road base soils to improve the road subgrade. When appropriate road subgrade was also regraded and compacted prior to paving for improved profile and drainage. During this work the Dean Street Culvert was removed and upgraded. Two catch basins were also installed at the culvert crossing, however many of the main roads remain primarily “Country” drainage. This work was performed in conjunction with the Sewer Departments installation of a new sewer system along some of these roadways. Additional work will be performed in 2016 in the vicinity of this work to continue the improvements to both the roadway and sewer system. Work performed this year totaled approximately 25,170 linear feet or 4.77 miles of road surfacing. Funding for this work was provided by a combination of Chapter 90 Funds, Sewer Department Funds, and Planning Board Funds.

Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP)

With the benefit of additional State Funding for the Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP), the Highway Department was able to perform extensive asphalt repairs on a deteriorated portion of Elm Street East and purchase an asphalt repair “hot box” to improve quality and efficiency when performing paving and pothole repairs at no cost to the Town. Paving repairs totaled approximately 1500 linear feet or 0.28 miles of road surfacing. State funding was approximately $73,385.00 for this program.
Highway Facility and Equipment Maintenance

The Highway Department contracted the replacement of the metal roof at the Highway Facility. Work began in the early summer of 2014 and was completed in late 2015.

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 of 2015, the Highway Department received approval to purchase a new brush mower and sidewalk plow.  New equipment will be purchased in 2016.
Additionally, $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 employees. They are responsible for the day to day maintenance of the recreational facilities of the Town including Borden Colony, Johnsons Pond, Merrill and LaLiberte~complexes, 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 season of spring, summer, and fall, it is necessary to add seasonal staff to meet the demands of the division. Decorative split rail fence was replaced with pressure treated fence in the area of the Borden Colony recreation area.

Solid Waste

The Solid Waste Division within the Highway Department consists of 3 employees and is 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, a Recycling Center which includes the items and annual quantiles listed below in the Recycling Report Card.  

Yard Waste Drop off: Received and disposed of approximately 1200 cubic yards of brush at the Town’s brush pit off Gardiner Street.

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.

Recycling Report Card

Unit
2012
2013
2014
2015
Remarks
Newspaper
Tons
75.09
52.12

63.96
102.94
Delivered to recycling by ton
Mixed paper
Tons
128.91
130.59

127.14
117.7
Delivered to recycling by ton
Metal
Tons
77.39
90.31
100.68
135.88
Delivered to recycling by ton
Glass
Tons
105.14
112.72
113.84
106.09
Delivered to recycling by ton
Plastic
Tons
49.5
53.08
60.28
51.06
By ton
Cardboard
Tons
100.82
93.94

106.95
93.85
Delivered to recycling by ton
Oil Filters
Lbs.
2
.05
0
2
55 gallon drums
Tires
Tons
7.56
4.705
2.275
4.33
35 lbs. Per car tire. Total in tons

Yard waste
grass
leaves
piled brush
wood chips
C.Y.





3585 cu yd.
403.31 tons
total 3,251 cy

3551 cy
= 532.65 tons  

Units
200 lbs/cy dry 300 lbs/cy wet brush 500 lb/cy
w/chips500lbs/cy

Refrigerators / AC units

tons

4.4 tons
170 pieces
6.85 tons

139 pieces
4.8 tons
5.9
Total in tons. refrigerators @ 100 lb. ea. & AC units @ 50 lb ea.
Paint (latex/oil)
Gallons
10 cy
3.45 tons


9 cy
3.105 tons
7 cy
2.415 tons
9 cy
3.45 tons
Cubic yard boxes
690 lbs/cy box
Batteries
Tons
1.45
1.57
1.27
0.99
Delivered to recycling by ton
Antifreeze
Gallons
55
0.22 tons
55 g
0.22 tons
55 g
0.22 tons
0
gals @ 8lb/gal
Monitors /
TV’s
25+107
4.26 tons
428+109
17.14 tons
360+128
14.78 tons
14.00
monitors + TVs
monitors @ 20 lb ea. + TV’s @ 75 lb ea.
Fluorescent Bulbs
Feet
Tons
0
10 boxes
13 boxes
10 boxes
@ .5 oz/ foot


Waste Oil Pumped
times
3
.4 tons
4, 250 gallons
16.15 tons
7 times
1260 gallons
4.7 tons
3 times 950 gallons
recycled in waste oil space heater for highway garage
(7.6 lbs / gal)
Municipal Solid Waste [MSW]

Tons

750.22

784.04

814.82
768.67

Construction & Demolition [C&D]

Tons

278.31

268.18

227.55
299.67






Solid Waste Revenue
~
2012
2013
2014
2015
Recycling income
$52,821
$48,329
$38,428
$22,489.31
Permit + Tag Sales
$191,547
$184,575
$189,012
$186,744.00
Host Fees Collected
$56,190
$79,388
$86,763
$121,649.46
WM Hazardous Waste Payments
$9,900
$12,100
$13,200.00
$13,200.00