Category Archives: DPW

MSH water tower wins award

ACCE award for MSH water tower

Photo shows DPW Director Maurice Goulet, second from left, and town’s consultants.

This email yesterday evening from Water and Sewer Board member Jeremy Marsette –


Passing along this good news.  The Town and its consultant, Environmental Partners Group, won an award this evening from the American Council of Engineering Companies for the replacement of the water storage tank at the former Medfield State Hospital.


The award was presented at their annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala.  The award notes “Reaching new heights modernizing water infrastructure on an historic site”.


Congratulations to EPG and the Medfield Public Works Department.


Btw, Medfield’s roads have looked great these past two snow storms.  Kudos to the Department for that too.







Hazardous Waste Day 3/24

This is one of the email alerts the town now sends out to those who sign up on-line –

DPW sign

March 24, 2018 09:00 AM

Household Hazardous Waste Day

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Date March 24, 2018
Time 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Town Garage
55 North Meadows Road
Medfield, MA 02052
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Philip St. bridge update

Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, this morning shared this update with a neighbor on the status of the Philip Street bridge replacement –

philip st bridge

“Yes, the final contract documents have been signed for the fabrication. The fabricator has begun the manufacturing process of the top deck. The company has submitted their required shop drawings and field measurements. The fabrication is scheduled to be completed in March. As we get closer we can narrow down the delivery of the deck. MassDOT has given their final approval of the entire project, we are moving forward with the procurement  of the contractor for installation.”



Bridge repairs – West St. & Rte. 109

Bridge repairs – West St. & Rte. 109

At the Board of Selectmen meeting last Tuesday, Mike Sullivan reported on his recent meeting with the Massachusetts DOT about getting the bridges to Millis on Rte. 109 and West Street repaired, and the funding to do so.  Mike reported that the suggestion was to split the West Street bridge repairs three ways between Medfield, Millis and the state, with our share expected to come in at $50-100K.  Mike said the state acknowledged that the Rte. 109 bridge repairs were a state financial responsibility.

bridge meeting


This photo is from Shawn Dooley’s Facebook post on the topic.


Below is the email from Mike to selectmen about the bridge repairs from before our meeting.


Moe and I, along with the Millis Town Administrator and DPW Director and Representative Dooley, met with the District 3 Engineer and a couple of his staff this morning at their Worcester office to discuss the West Street bridge repairs and the condition of the Route 109 bridge. We thought it went very well. The agreed to participate in the cost of temporary bridge repairs to the West Street bridge and said they would look around to see how much money they could come up with. They will get back to us on that. That would mean the cost of temporary repairs would be spread among Millis, Medfield and Mass DOT. The spread is yet to be determined. Depending upon which option is selected. they felt the repairs might add 10to 15 years to the life of the bridge, which by the way is 48 years old (1969). In the meantime, they would try to get the bridge listed on the bridge program, which is federally funded, and that could eventually pay for the construction of a new bridge. Moe is going to meet with some other District 3 staff on Monday to review the status of Route 109 funding, but I doubt if they’l have an answer on how much they will contribute by then. They said that the 109 bridge is clearly state owned and that they thought it was in reasonablly good condition, graded a five out of ten, but they will check it out to make sure. Any work on that bridge will be paid for by the state.


Also, our DPW, along with a crew from Mass Coastal Railroad, are replacing the railroad ties and the asphalt on the sidewalk at the Dale Street crossing today. he is also exploring with the the possibility of doing something similar on the Farm Street crossing, but that’s more complicated so don’t expect a crew out next week.

Mike S.


Disappearing crosswalk


Main St. crosswalk at RR tracks will return

Observant resident of the month, Marge Vasaturo, asked me at the Veterans Day Luminary event on Saturday whether the crosswalk on Main Street by the railroad crossing would return.  I had to ask Mike Sullivan if there had in fact been one there, and Mike recalled that there was one there, and in turn asked Maurice Goulet, Director of DPW if it was coming back – and yes it will be returning.

By an interesting quirk of town budgeting history, the Medfield Police Department actually paints the lines on the streets the DPW repair, and Moe reported to Mike that there were a few items that the Police Chief is arranging to get painted that were left out when Rte. 109 was repaved last summer.

And as your award Marge, here is a photo of the Vasaturo family luminaries –

vasaturo luminary


Philips Street bridge timing

philip st bridge

Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, sent a resident an email update today on the timing of the Philips Street bridge repair (a copy of the email appears below) –


The RFP has been sent out to prospective bidders. Within 2-3 weeks we should have a fabricator selected and begin the manufacturing of the deck. The final repairs of the bridge will be determined by the winter weather and the awarding contractor availability at the time coordination is setup with the delivery of the pre-fabricated bridge.


We were previously told that the fabrication will take about 16 weeks.

Based on information and belief, there is some concern that once the bridge work is completed, that bridge abutter Alec Stevens may not cede back to the town his basketball court (f/k/a Philips Street).


Rte. 109 repaving starts tonight

Repaving Starts Tonight

Per Mike Sullivan at the Board of Selectmen meeting last night, the repaving of Rte. 109 starts this evening, with all work running from 7PM to 6AM:

  • Wednesday – grinding from RR tracks to Brook Street
  • Thursday – grinding from RR tracks to Causeway Street
  • Sunday and Monday – paving