Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Live reporting: Town Council - October 15, 2014

Present: Padula, Mercer, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Bissanti
Absent: Williams, Feldman

September 3, 2014

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.



Presentation - DPW on Lincoln St
Brutus Cantoreggi, DPW Director

roadwork bid in May, contractor got notice to proceed in June
180 days to proceed
we could put it out for being done in 60 days but the bid would be far higher and cost more
Aggregate Industries won the bid, have been here before
Focused on getting the road repaired in front of the school, they did that
and then the road slowed down
discovered the culverts at Winterberry that needed to be replaced
The work needed to be coordinated with the gas company to get a line lowered to allow the culvert to get replaced

I have worked with the Project Manager and I'll not beat around the bush, I have worked with better.
The road will be completed

The dip in the due to the flatness of the road, need to keep the water off the roadway
Could have put more catch basins in but that costs money

One of the issues we had on Lincoln was the school, how do we calm the traffic?
You narrow the road, notified the residence of a pubic hearing in May
we did remove some sections of the dividers to meet with criticisms

the area is not actually done yet, it will be layered with some visual indicator
The contractor will be prepping the work tomorrow and be doing it soon

The contractor last year was for the water lines, this contractor was for the repaving
there is a penalty clause in the contract

we do document the various issues

Mercer - keeping documentation on contractors, have you thrown someone out in the contractor
Cantoreggi - yes, we did this year

Mercer - it is important to know that there are ways and you need the documentation

their communication was an issue, we needed updates, the PM could have been better, their work is good

Kelly: What about the dividers?

The divider is on the DPW, that is our design
we got no push back on this, this is to create the boulevard effect, it would slow the traffic down; they could see that.

we worked with folks on the curb cuts themselves, we put sand bags out there so they could see for themselves

Kelly: Snow - what is the plan for ice and snow down there?

It will be a resin product, about a half inch that goes down

Bissanti - mentioned the communication problem, a liaison between their PM and use

Cantoreggi - we have someone out there almost daily

Bissanti - was weather an issue?

Cantoreggi - no, not really. They are within their contract now

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