By Gregory T. Federspiel
A new round of Town construction projects are underway. Thanks to the continuing support of taxpayers for our capital improvement plans and through the support of grants and other outside assistance, we continue to make good progress on re-investing in the infrastructure so vital to the community. Here is an update on what is happening in the coming weeks.
School Street: With the new drainage work complete, we are now restoring the sidewalk that was impacted by last fall’s digging. Next week we will be repaving the stretch of School Street from Flatley Avenue down to the Sawmill Brook crossing. Expect detours for most of next week assuming the weather cooperates.
Ocean Street: A second paving company will be on the eastern end of Ocean Street next week where a new water main was installed last fall. Later this year work will begin replacing the water line on the western end of Ocean Street.
Reed Park: With the support of grant funds, we are expanding the transient floats at Reed Park. The pile driving begins next week. Harbormaster Pike and his crew have the new floats constructed and ready to install as soon as the pilings are in place. With any luck the new floats will be ready for use by Memorial Day weekend. And, again, thanks to voter approved funding, in the coming months design efforts for public restrooms and a Harbormaster Office at Reed or Masconomo Park will get underway.
Singing Beach Revetment Repairs: The March 2018 storms damaged the rock revetment along Singing Beach. Our FEMA storm damage repair funds will pay for most of the needed work. This effort is getting underway now and will last through all of May. While most of the repairs should be completed by the Memorial Day weekend, there may be some work still to do at the far western edge of the beach, out of the way of most beach goers.
Voters also approved additional funding to speed up the replacement of old, undersized water lines in the eastern part of town. Engineering work has begun on the replacement of the water mains on Magnolia Avenue, Ocean Street and Raymond Street. The actual work to replace these lines will be in the fall.
Engineering continues as well on the replacement of the large culvert/dam on Central Street. We have submitted additional funding requests to continue the design work needed to repair the seawalls along Sawmill Brook upstream of Central Street. The permitting process is quite involved – construction is not likely until the fall of 2020.
Updates on construction activity can be found on the DPW page of the Town’s website.
Drop-in Hours Available: As part of our on-going efforts to improve communications I am initiating new “drop-in” hours where residents are welcome to come by without an appointment and have an opportunity to ask about town matters or make suggestions on how we can serve the community in the best way possible. Starting out next Thursday, May 9, my door is open from Noon to 1 p.m. as it will be every second Thursday of the month. On the fourth Thursday of the month the drop in hour will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. If an early morning hour would be helpful I can schedule that as well. Of course, appointments can be made most anytime and many folks are able to see me when they come by Town Hall. But these new drop-in hours provide a known time that I will be available and no appointment is necessary. Feel free to avail yourself of my time.