City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
196958
Work Completed
Oct 22, 2015 7:00 PM

DPW Commissioner responding to various Board Orders submitted April 24, 2014.

Information

Department:DPW AdministrationSponsors:
Category:Officer's CommunicationPurposes:Officer's Communication

Attachments

  1. BO#22
  2. BO#25

Official Text

Somerville Board of Aldermen - Orders for 4/24/14 Meeting

 

ORDER              8. Order By Ald. McLaughlin

              That the Commissioner of Public Works direct all parties involved in the construction work along lower Broadway to provide better communication with neighbors in the construction areas.

RESOLUTION              I have spoken to Paul Malloy who is the District engineer overseeing the construction clerks at this location. As of today, he has met with AR Belli and received more cooperation from the contractor by informing businesses and residents of future work in a more timely fashion. I meet with MassDOT bi-weekly on these matters. If the issue does not resolve itself, please contact me.

 

ORDER              9. Order By Ald. McLaughlin

              That this Board’s Committee on Public Utilities and Works take the lead in securing additional lighting under the Gilman Street bridge.

RESOLUTION              Representing the city and the city engineer, we worked for over two years with Finey from the MBTA. The final plans did include adding lighting under the Gilman Bridge.

 

ORDER              10. Order By Ald. McLaughlin

              That the Commissioner of Public Works contact the appropriate utility company regarding the removal of double poles on Perkins Street, Glen Street, Cutter Street, Kennison Avenue and Garfield Street.

RESOLUTION              The superintendent of Lights and Lines and Highway will send an email to all utilities that they must make their transfers at these locations immediately.

 

ORDER              11. Order By Ald. McLaughlin

              That the Commissioner of Public Works contact the appropriate utility company to raise the low hanging wire on Autumn Street.

RESOLUTION              The superintendent of Lights and Lines and Highway will contact the appropriate utilities.

 

ORDER              12. Order By Ald. Niedergang

              That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the potholes at Cedar Street at Albion Street, Cedar Street at Highland Avenue, Trull Steet near Vernon Street, and Hudson Street near Lowell Street.

RESOLUTION              All will be complete by 4/24/13 except Hudson Street near Lowell Street. That is not a pothole but a gas gate that has sunk. The gas company has been notified to repair.

 

ORDER              13. Order By Ald. Niedergang

              That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the two broken street lights in Junction Park.

RESOLUTION              Will send Lights & Lines to inspect.

 

ORDER              14. Order By Ald. Niedergang

              That the Commissioner of Public Works replace the decorative street light in Magoun Square (in front of CVS) and report to the Ward 5 Alderman on a timeline for completion of this request. (2nd request)

RESOLUTION              Just received stock. Will complete by 5/2/14.

 

ORDER              15. Order By Ald. Lafuente

              That the Water Superintendent appear before this Board to provide an update on the $130,000 rental request approved by this Board during the FY14 budget meetings.

RESOLUTION              I will compile this information.

 

ORDER              16. Order By Ald. Lafuente

              That the City Engineer appear before this Board to provide an update on the $120,000 rental request approved by this Board during the FY14 budget meetings.

RESOLUTION              I will compile this information.

 

ORDER              17. Order By Ald. Lafuente

              That the Commissioner of Public Works appear before this Board to provide an update on the $25,000 appropriation approved by this Board for Public Safety, including what has been purchased, the costs and inventory of the products purchased, and the remaining balance.

RESOLUTION              I will compile this information.

 

ORDER              22. Order By Ald. Heuston

              That the City Engineer and the Water Superintendent prepare a summary of water and sewer work completed in 2013 near Dane Avenue, Dane Street and Washington Street, and include plans for work near Kingman Road and Clark Street, and present this summary to this Board’s Flood Forum Committee.

RESOLUTION              I am attaching Melissa Miguel’s response. Please see attached dated 4/24/14.

 

ORDER              25. Order By Ald. Rossetti

              That the Commissioner of Public Works explain the policy regarding the height of utility wires suspended from poles, and the protocols in place to ensure adherence to the policy.

RESOLUTION              I am attaching the DPW Regulation for your request. Most wires meet the standard. We have requested the utility company to move them when required by law. Please note that these regulations are enforced by the Department of Public Utilities and are wide ranging. I am open to discuss this further at your convenience.

 

ORDER              27. Order By Ald. McWatters, Heuston

              That the Director of Health (in conjunction with the Commissioner of Public Works) install a sign on the island at Bow Street and Somerville Avenue informing the public not to feed the birds.

RESOLUTION              I have spoken with Paulette Renault-Caragianes and she has recently designated a sign to inform people of the city ordinance that prohibits feeding of the birds in public places. As soon as the signs are printed, we will install them at the requested locations.

 

ORDER              28. Order By Ald. McWatters

              That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the potholes at the corner of Highland Avenue and Benton Road.

RESOLUTION              Will be completed by 4/25/14.

 

ORDER              30. Order By Ald. Sullivan, Lafuente, White Jr., Connolly, Rossetti

              That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the street light on Crest Hill Road, near Shore Drive. (3rd request)

RESOLUTION              Will notify contractor (for the 3rd time).

 

ORDER              31. Order By Ald. Sullivan, Lafuente, McLaughlin, White Jr., Connolly, Rossetti

              That the Commissioner of Public Works take the appropriate action to repair the street lamps on Assembly Row, adjacent to Burger Dive and Starbucks.

RESOLUTION              This is in the process of being discussed. I will inform you of the outcome as soon as it is reached.

Meeting History

May 8, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

Alderman Sullivan motioned to waive the reading of item 82. There being no opposition, the motion was approved.

RESULT:PLACED ON FILE
May 29, 2014 6:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. McEachern spoke about DPU and state regulations. The minimum height for wires is 14 feet over a roadway and 11 feet over a sidewalk. Double poles change those heights during equipment transfers. Mr. Koty spoke about low voltage fees that utility companies planned to pass onto its customers.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Jul 23, 2014 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Sep 24, 2014 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Oct 7, 2014 7:00 PM  Flood Forum Special Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 9, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Oct 30, 2014 7:00 PM  Flood Forum Special Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE
Nov 13, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Oct 20, 2015 6:00 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Oct 22, 2015 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED