Town of Raynham, Massachusetts
558 South Main Street, Raynham, MA 02767
ph: 508.824.2707
Highway Department
Annual Report
2014

                  

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 13 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and additional seasonal employees. Of the 13 full-time employees, 3 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.

2014 Summary of Routine Maintenance Performed

Placed approximately 100 tons of bituminous concrete for street patching.
Many of the drainage easements and storm water retention areas the town is responsible for were cut this period.
Swept all travel lanes of town roadways; some main roads twice and nine public parking lots.
Cleaned and inspected all town maintained catch basins.
All pavement markings including centerlines, fog lines, stop bars and crosswalks were re-painted through the Town.
Responded to 243 requests for service.
Conducted 21 property development inspections and 1 street-opening inspection.
Issued 22 Street Opening Permits and 32 combination street opening trench permits.
Issued 18 Property Development Permits.
Issued 5 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 larger 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 52.99 inches of Snow was reported for the season including 30 total events, of which 8 were plowing events that occurred requiring a response from the Highway Department during the Winter of 2013-2014 season. The cost of this year’s program was approximately $314,696.94


2014 State Aid Chapter 90 Funded Projects

This year the Highway Department used Chapter 90 Funds for qualified projects to perform full depth pavement re-construction on portions of Locust Street(Forest Street to Judson Street), a portion of Judson Street(pump station past Church Street), and Church Street (from Judson Street to Leonard Street). This work consisted of reclamation (pulverizing) existing pavements and mixing the pulverized materials with existing road base soils to improve the road subgrade. Roads were also regraded prior to paving for improved drainage. Some additional formal drainage systems were installed as needed, however the roads remain primarily “Country” drainage. This work was performed in conjunction with the Sewer Departments installation of a new sewer system along these roadways. Additional work will be performed in 2015 in the vicinity of this work to continue the improvements to both the roadway and sewer system. This work totaled approximately 12,044 linear feet or 2.28 miles of road surfacing at an approximate cost of $220,000.00 from available Chapter 90 funds. Additionally, approximately $286,000.00 of funding was contributed toward this work from the Sewer Department this season.

Winter Rapid Recovery and Response Program (WRRRP)

With the benefit of additional State Funding for the Winter Rapid Recovery and Response Program (WRRRP), the Highway Department was able to perform much needed crack sealing on approximately 31 roads within the Town through additional State Funding at no cost to the Town. Cost was approximately $73,000.00
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, but was stopped due to unforeseen issues with the Contractor. Work will resume, and be completed in 2015.

Maintenance is generally performed on-site for all Highway Department vehicles and equipment. The department has one mechanic.

At the Annual Town Meeting in October 2014, the Highway Department received approval to purchase a new front-end loader, a F550 dump truck with sander, and a F350 pickup truck. Equipment will be purchased in 2015, and is replacing equipment and vehicles nearly 20 years old.

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.

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 3551 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
2011
2012
2013
2014
Remarks
Newspaper
Tons
78
75.09
52.12

63.96
Delivered to recycling by ton
Mixed paper
Tons
217.645
128.91
130.59

127.14
Delivered to recycling by ton
Metal
Tons
102.6
77.39
90.31
100.68
Delivered to recycling by ton
Glass
Tons
128.903
105.14
112.72
113.84
Delivered to recycling by ton
Plastic
Tons
78.783
49.5
53.08
60.28
By ton
Cardboard
Tons
100.336
100.82
93.94

106.95
Delivered to recycling by ton
Oil Filters
Lbs.
2
2
.05
0
55 gallon drums
Tires
Tons
5.26
7.56
4.705
2.275
35 lbs. Per car tire

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




Tons
520
3585 cu yd
403.31 tons
total 3,251 cy
1,120 cy=168 tons
1,120cy =112 tons
711 cy=178 tons
560 cy= 140 tons
total tons= 598  
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

4.75

4.4 tons
170 pieces
6.85 tons

139 pieces
4.8 tons

refrigerators @ 100 lb ea. & AC units @ 50 lb ea.
Paint (latex/oil)
Gallons
1122

6.732 tons
10 cy
3.45 tons


9 cy
3.105 tons
7 cy
2.415 tons
Cubic yard boxes
690 lbs/cy box
Batteries
Tons
1.75
1.45
1.57
1.27
Delivered to recycling by ton
Antifreeze
Gallons
55
55
0.22 tons
55 g
0.22 tons
55 g
0.22 tons
gals @ 8lb/gal
Monitors /
TV’s
390+214
25+107
4.26 tons
428+109
17.14 tons
360+128
14.78 tons
monitors + TVs
monitors @ 20 lb ea. + TV’s @ 75 lb ea.
Fluorescent Bulbs
Feet
Tons
1536
0.024
0
10 boxes
13 boxes
@ .5 oz/ foot


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

Tons

867.74

750.22

784.04

814.82

Construction & Demolition [C&D]

Tons

291.00

278.31

268.18

227.55


Solid Waste Revenue
~
2011
2012
2013
2014
Recycling income
~
$52,821
$48,329
$38,428
Permit + Tag Sales
$129,860
$191,547
$184,575
$189,012
Host Fees Collected
74,431.46
$56,190
$79,388
$86,763
WM Hazardous Waste Payments
No Payment
$9,900
$12,100
$13,200.00