Showing posts with label maintenance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label maintenance. Show all posts

Thursday, September 2, 2021

MMA: "MassDOT releases new Chapter 90 informational resources"

"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has updated its Chapter 90 program web portal and released several informational resources related to the program for municipalities.

A new Municipal Guidance Document reviews eligible expenses under the program and details project planning and implementation processes that are considered best practices. "

MA DOT Chapter 90 portal ->

MA DOT Chapter 90 portal
MA DOT Chapter 90 portal

Friday, July 23, 2021

Franklin to get a piece of the MassTrails Grant Program announced

Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) tweeted on Thu, Jul 22, 2021:
Glad to join state + local officials today in Sandwich to award nearly $4M in MassTrails Grant Program funding to 52 trail projects to support construction, maintenance + improvement of public trails across the Commonwealth.

Full press release ->  🏞️
Press conference video -> 📺  or
Shared via Twitter ->

The 52 project awards can be viewed in this PDF ->

On the first page we find:
Community: Foxboro, Wrentham, & Franklin
Organization: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Project Title: F. Gilbert Hills/Wrentham/Franklin OHV Trail Repair and Improvements
Brief Project Description:
"This project builds off previous trail repair work aimed to protect wetland and soil resources, repair poor trail conditions, and enhance user experience for all visitors. Years of repeated motorized use with a lack of substantial trail repair have resulted in a trail which is up to fifteen feet wide in various locations. Fall line trails with poor drainage potential have left some areas eroded to almost two feet below the original trail surface. Conditions addressed as part of the project include braided hill climbs, mud pits with standing water, and needed trail relocation"

MassTrails Grant Program
MassTrails Grant Program

Friday, July 15, 2016

"I think this is the wrong way to do it"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council at its meeting this week called for more transparency and better tracking in the maintenance of town buildings. 
The council expressed those concerns to Deputy Director of Public Facilities Marco Brancato, who was at the Wednesday session to request approval for a new preventative maintenance program. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the effort would take inventory of public buildings and equipment and put that information into a software program. The program would then set up a maintenance schedule and help identify problem areas."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Additional information on actions that were taken at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday can be found on the Town of Franklin webpage

Franklin Municipal Building, site of  the Town Council meetings
Franklin Municipal Building, site of  the Town Council meetings

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Memorandum of Understanding on the Maintenance and Repair of School Facilities (renewal)

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Public Schools. Several years ago, the custodians were transferred from the School Dept to the DPW which resulted in the first MOU and then renewals of such. This document contains the latest renewal agreement and appears to run for 5 years.

Tune in to the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug 25 to hear the discussion. The meeting is broadcast via Comcast and Verizon and also available via the internet for those who can not make it to the meeting in person

grass is growing at Davis Thayer
grass is growing at Davis Thayer

Monday, July 1, 2013

"'deceiving' because it ignores known issues"

Milford Daily News has an article from the Franklin Facilities Dept.

Compiled at the request of Town Council, the 14-page report looks forward five years, offering terse recommendations on what should be done with, or to, each facility. It also lists several pages of recent work orders, all of which were for minor repairs. 
America’s first lending library may require more than $2 million in upgrades, including a new HVAC system. Currently, engineers are updating a 2007 study, which looked at balancing structural repairs with the building’s many historic attributes. The Facilities Department will use the results of the study to plan construction. 
Much like the library, the David Thayer Elementary School has outdated infrastructure. The Facilities Department has known this for some time, but other matters, such as the new Franklin High project, took precedence.

Read more:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"I think we’re pretty much staying on top of everything"

“What I was looking for, personally, was to find out how many work orders come across Facilities’ desk in the course of a day, or a week, or a month, or a year, because I really don’t have any idea,” Councilor Thomas Mercer said. “I’d like to know, and I’d like to know how long it takes for each of those to get dealt with.” 
The topic came up at last week’s Town Council meeting, when councilors took some time grilling Facilities Department Director Michael D’Angelo, and Facilities Manager Richard Gaskin about various problems — mostly roof leaks — in town buildings. 
The discussion touched on leaky roofs and damaged ceiling tiles in the Remington-Jefferson school building and the Senior Center. Some residents have complained that the existing high school is in poor condition due to insufficient maintenance.

Read more:

This topic was a frequent one during the recent high school building project vote. The issue can be addressed very simply with a regular report on tickets open by category with some status on aging. It can be posted to the website and available for everyone to read.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

What would Ben say?

What would Ben say?, originally uploaded by shersteve.

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."

Benjamin Franklin

Hence, having missed prior opportunities for regular maintenance on the library, the scaffolding is up now for repairs before the situation gets any worse.