Friday, April 12, 2013
The public works department is looking for some temporary workers.
Information courtesy of the town of Northborough The Public Works Department seeks temporary seasonal staff to assist with grounds maintenance at the various parks and other Town-owned properties. Responsibilities include operating light equipment such as mowers, trimmers, weedwackers & leaf blowers; trash pick-up; and performing manual labor related to landscaping and park maintenance. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You must be at least 18 yrs of age to operate light equipment and have a valid Class D Driver’s License. Starting hourly rate is $10.00/hr. Interested candidates must submit a completed application form to the Town Administrator’s Office, 63 Main St., Northborough. Applications received by April 17 …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Board of Selectmen approved deficit spending for the DPW.
"It's amazing what a few days can do," DPW Director Dan Nason told the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. In an budget report that was updated on Feb. 7, Nason was pleased to announce that the DPW was "in the black." "How quickly that changes," he said. "Now we're severely in the red." The Blizzard 2013 packed a wallop, with Northborough joining other communities that were severely impacted by the storm. Ice and snow removal from the storm cost the town $72,000, which leaves the department at about a deficit of $70,000. The public works department is one of the few that is allowed to deficit spend, thought it still needs the approval of the Board of Selectmen. The board approved unanimously to deficit spend. "All things considered, and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The town's Department of Public Works is loading up the trucks, and the workers, to take care of the storm
The town uses mostly salt. Sand is oldschool, we're told. And they've got a lot of it in the "salt shed" at the DPW. With Nemo on the way, a storm forecasters are describing as "epic," the department is revving up to take care of business. Watch the video, where DPW Superintendent David "Robo" Robillard talks about how they plan, and how much is involved, and how many employees will be out on the roads.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
If sewer bills continue unpaid officials say water and sewer to Algonquin Regional Vocational Technical High School could be shut down.
The town of Northborough still owes $190,000 to Marlborough for the treatment of sewage at three sites in Northborough. “Hopefully we can stir things up and get a check to us," said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. Mayor Vigeant and Department of Public Work Commissioner Ronald LaFreniere revealed the amount owed as an update during Monday's City Council Meeting. The town owes money dating back into fiscal year 2012, said Mayor Vigeant. The town of Northborough has been growing, as has its sewage needs, said Mr. LaFreniere as an explanation for the high amount owed the city. “It’s a lot of money and typically it’s not that big a bill," he said explaining the town is billed on a quarterly basis. “They owe us a pretty hefty sum at this point.” The …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Board of Selectmen approved a fee schedule for the upcoming winter season.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Snow and ice. We don't know how much we'll get this season, but the town has set its fees for plowing and sanding/salting on private ways for the 2012-2013 winter season. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the fees suggested by DPW Director Dan Nason. Private ways scheduled for plowing and sanding/salting during the season include: Harris Ave., Green Street, Howard Street, Kimberly Lane and Maple Lane. Fees were increased by 3 percent, or five dollars, from last year. This year, the fee will be $170 per storm per private way. The Public Works Department requires alì private ways seeking snow removal services to receive sanding/salting services to ensure public safety of all motorists, including Fire, Police and Public Works …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The DPW is in the process of assessing the roads in town to come up with a maintenance and rehabilitation plan for them.
The DPW is currently in the process of having the town's 90 miles of road inventoried and assessed based on pavement type, condition, geometry, funcional classification and other characteristics. "This information will then be used to formulate a pavement maintenance and rehabilitation plan with the goal of maximizing the value and lifespan of Northborough’s streets," said Dan Nason, DPW director. "What this means for the residents in town is that we will take a realistic and non-biased approach to street improvements." The streets that will receive attention first, he said, will be based on the results of this critical evalution, as well as other important program needs of the town. The entire process, said Nason, can take between four to…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Dan Nason wanted to work in Northborough because of its well-managed government and progressive nature.
Coming from the town of Ayer as its DPW director, Dan Nason said he took the job in Northborough as its director in order to advance his career in a community run by a strong administration, as well as work in a community that "has foresight, goals and commitment, is advance, proactive and progressive." Nason started as Northborough's DPW director in March. He grew up in Westminster, graduated from WPI, and now lives in Holden with wife Melanie and two young sons, Andrew and Tyler. "In my mind, Northborough has a reputation for its well-managed form of government," said Nason. "My findings, after researching Northborough prior to my interview, were confirmed after meeting with some of the key staff members and [Town Administrator John] …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Keep tabs on what's open and what's closed during the last day of February storm.
Now, if this weren't a leap year, would we still have a storm? Would this day exist for the snow to fall? We'll let you ponder that for a while. We've had it good for a while, but with the area getting hit with quite a few inches of snow, some businesses and schools are closing, and events are canceled. Below is an updated list of the latest closings. Add yours to the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will add it to the list. The Northborough youth basketball courts coordinator said all schools except the Zeh School are closed the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 29. The public schools of Northborough and Southborough will be closed all day, Thursday, March 1, due to the current snowstorm and dangerous driving …
The trucks at the DPW are gassed up and ready to go.
Foreman Gregg Senecal of the Northborough DPW said in his 32 years there, this is the least overtime he's ever gotten. But today, Wednesday, for the first time since the storm this past October, Northborough could see up to six inches, if predictions are correct. The flakes were falling by 2 p.m., and accumulating by 3:30, and the plow drivers are more than ready to go.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday's motto: "hey, I'm not Monday."
Our morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. The Algonquin wrestling team takes on Nashoba today with a match at home. 2. Sneak in a yoga session before the holiday weekend creeps up on you, at YogaPlus Studio. 3. Today is the last day to drop off debris from your yard before the "shop" at the DPW cleans up and gets ready for the snow. 4. It you spell it, you win it. Join in some games of BINGO every Wednesday at the Northborough Senior Center. 5. Ever wonder about the history of Santa Claus? The-north-pole.com has an interesting, thorough, description of Saint Nick's rise to fame. Oh, and you can order Santa suits on…