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DPW, Police Thanked For Response to Water Service Break

The 20-hour incident happened on Solomon Pond Road last weekend.

Ten Northborough Department of Public Works employees braved extreme cold, accumulating snow and traffic over 20 hours last weekend to repair a water service break at 24 Solomon Pond Road, Public Works Director Dan Nason says.

Nason praised water and sewer division employees Tim Davison and Jeremy Weeks, and highway division employees David Robillard, Gregg Senecal, Don LeBlanc, Rich Frederick, Mike Roberts, Ed Faford, Chris Carlin and Patrick Marmysh, in a memo that he read during Monday night's board of selectmen meeting.

"What seems like a simple service repair was radically complicated by the extreme cold temperatures, accumulating snow, traffic control and a subsequent freezing of the repaired service line," Nason wrote.

"Everyone listed above had some involvement throughout the 20-hour long event, whether it was loading/transporting equipment and material or taking on additional salting routes to cover the individuals that were on the job site. It certainly was a group effort."

Nason also thanked the Northborough Police Department for providing traffic control during the work. 

"It was a very tricky spot for us," Nason said.

"A lot of traffic, obviously, goes through there. And it was not planned. So, we couldn't even call early for a detail. When we called, it was an emergency repair. They filled the details as best they could with the staff that was on."

Selectmen also thanked those involved.

"I admire you as much as I do them, for wanting to bring this to our attention," Chairman Leslie Rutan said.

"I think it's important to thank people for their efforts. A lot of these people are doing things that most of us wouldn't want to have to do."  
Heizenburg January 29, 2014 at 06:18 AM
I remember driving by during the repair. I was thinking to myself those folks really earned their paycheck today! It was certainly an extreme situation.
Prometheus January 30, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Good job boys...can you now go find the missing parts to the library.
Heizenburg January 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM
The parts were used to repair the water main break.
Carol C February 02, 2014 at 09:18 AM
We have some great DPW guys as well as the police department! Much appreciated! Thank you!

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