East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines is pleased to announce that the East Bridgewater DPW recently completed a project to replace a retaining wall at the John L. Silva Athletic Complex and is continuing to make improvements to the snack stand.

The project replaced a rotting wooden retaining wall with an aesthetically pleasing concrete block wall between the snack bar and Brewster Fuller Field.

Atop the retaining wall is a new chain-link fence and area where parents can watch their children play baseball and softball.

“Our Highway and Grounds Division installed 70-feet of concrete blocks and built the wall up six-feet high,” Director Haines said. “On top of the wall we replaced the old wooden railing with a fence that allows parents to be up higher and closer to the field. It will provide a much better view of the games.”

Funding for the project was appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting last year through the Recreation Commission. The project was a joint-venture between the DPW, Recreation Commission and East Bridgewater Little League.

Demolition of the old wall began at the end of August last year and the project was completed at the end of November. A new deck was added onto the snack stand over the past few months.

The next step will be to build a handicap ramp that will lead from the parking lot up to the snack stand and bathrooms.

The project is one of many that have been undertaken by the DPW in recent years to refurbish the fields at the complex. The town helps to maintain the fields, which sit between Church and Hobart streets. The complex consists of four youth baseball/softball fields, two basketball courts, a soccer field and an outdoor street hockey rink.

“Now that springtime has arrived, parents and players will notice a completely new look at the snack bar,” Director Haines said. “Once the ramp is done, we’re proud to say the snack bar will be completely handicap accessible.”

Director Haines would like to give special thanks to local contractor G. Lincoln & Sons, who built the snack bar deck originally 30 years ago and reconstructed it this time, and also Tom Williams, owner of Superior Pool Services, who donated labor and equipment to assist with site work and wall construction.

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Deadline to Sign Up for East Bridgewater Curbside Trash and Recycling Program Approaching

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Deadline to Sign Up for East Bridgewater Curbside Trash and Recycling Program Approaching

Enrollment Ends June 1, Service Begins July 1

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines would like to remind residents that the deadline to sign up for the town’s new Curbside Trash and Recycling Program is less than one month away, on June 1, and announce that a new option has been implemented for elderly and low-volume trash users.

To enroll, sign up for the new program between now and the June 1 deadline. New trash toters will be delivered to homes prior to the service beginning on July 1.

Residents should call the East Bridgewater DPW office at 508 378-1620 or sign up online on the DPW website to enroll. All residents who are enrolled in the current curbside recycling program will automatically be opted into the new program.

The cost of the program for both trash and recycling is $25 per month and will be billed semiannually. This is a savings of at least $60 per year compared to local competitors.

DPW can provide a second recycling toter at no cost, and a second trash toter for $125 annually. Disposal of one large item per week will be permitted at no cost.

Participation in the new program grants residents free access to the Town’s Recycling Center. If you choose not to participate in the program, but want to use the Recycling Center, a permit sticker costs $75 per year. Permit stickers will be available at the DPW or Town Hall after June 1.

While using the town’s trash service is voluntary for all residents, elderly residents and those with low-volume trash output, who choose not to participate in the curbside collection program, can purchase yellow trash bags at either Town Hall or the Senior Center.

Those who choose not to participate in the curbside collection program will forego using a toter and can purchase yellow trash bags for $4 (rolls of five bags). Those residents will be responsible for dropping their trash bags off at the Recycling Center and they will not be picked up by the town. They will also require a $75 permit sticker to access the Recycling Center.

Please note, the cost of the yellow trash bags will be increased from $2 (the current price of the bags) to $4 to help offset the cost of disposing the trash at the Recycling Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

Do I have to participate in the new program?

A:

No – this program is voluntary but we believe it is the least expensive option for many of our residents.

Q:

Why does the new program cost more than the old program?

A:

The previous trash program had been supplemented by money the Town of East Bridgewater received in a settlement with former trash company BFI more than 20 years ago. That money was used to lessen the cost of trash pickup, but the funds have since elapsed.

The current program does not generate enough money to cover the cost of the services provided. These services include trash collection (picking trash up at the curb), trash disposal (hauling the trash to an approved trash facility and the cost for the facility to accept it), recycling collection (picking up your recyclables at the curb) and the recycling of all materials at the Recycling Center. The money generated from the new program will go directly toward the full cost of providing the services of trash and recycling collection and disposal.

Q:

Can I use just the recycling service or just the trash service?

A:

In order to participate in this new program you will need to utilize both services.

Q:

I already use the Town provided trash and recycling service, using yellow bags and the blue recycling toter. Do I need to sign up for the new program?

A:

No, if you are currently in the program you will automatically be opted in to the new program.

Q:

I have a dumpster at my condo/apartment complex. Is there a way I can still recycle?

A:

You can recycle by bringing your recyclable materials to the Bridge Street Recycle Center during its normal business hours.

Q:

I have another vendor providing trash and recycling services now. The cost is reasonably equal, why should I switch to the town provided program?

A:

We do not seek to tell residents what to do, but there are benefits to a single provider.

Using one trash and recycling provider in East Bridgewater to service the majority of the town will save wear and tear on our roads, decrease traffic issues and ensure the best price possible.

Multiple trash/recycling vendors means more large trucks on our streets daily. It is not uncommon right now to see 3 or 4 different vendor’s trucks on the same streets on the same day.

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East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Repairing Water System Leak, Service Disruption

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Repairing Water System Leak, Service Disruption

About 100 Residents are Without Water Service Early Wednesday Morning

EAST BRIDGEWATER —  Director John B. Haines reports that the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works is actively working to repair a leak in the town’s water system early Wednesday morning.

It is unclear how long repairs may take, but a warming center will be set up in town if there is going to be a prolonged disruption of service. In the meantime, residents can go to the East Bridgewater Senior Center, 335 Plymouth St., when it opens at 8:30 a.m.

The morning commute may be affected as the DPW will be working to make underground repairs. The leak occurred on North Bedford Street (Route 18) near Highland Street. About 100 homes and businesses in the area, including those in the Wayside Farm neighborhood, have had their water service stopped or disrupted as a result of the leak.

Around midnight, an East Bridgewater Police officer reported seeing water in the road in the 600 block of North Bedford Street.

The DPW responded and quickly identified the location of the leak. The water has been shut off at a nearby valve and the leak is no longer flowing.

Dig Safe was notified and responded with a crew that marked the appropriate utility lines near where the leak occurred, in order to allow the DPW to begin digging.

As of 4 a.m., the temperature in East Bridgewater was 9 degrees. Digging has begun and the DPW will be able to find out what was damaged that caused the leak and will work to repair it.

“This leak is a direct result of the extremely cold temperatures we’ve been having,” Haines said. “Our guys are out there right now in this freezing cold working as quickly as we can to get this break fixed and I’d like to thank the residents that are impacted for their patience.”

This is the second water leak the DPW has had to deal with in these cold temperatures in the past week. On Saturday, a leak was able to be quickly repaired on Oak Street where only about six homes were affected.

An update will be provided when more information becomes available.

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East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Offers Winter Weather Preparation Tips

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Offers Winter Weather Preparation Tips

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines would like to offer residents some winter weather and snowstorm preparation tips that will be helpful to community members and the East Bridgewater DPW this winter.

Snowfall is predicted toward the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service. As snowstorms come and go, the DPW will be working to make sure the town’s roads are clear and safe for travel.

“We want to make sure everyone gets through this winter as safely and as stress-free as possible,” Director Haines said. “We’re asking residents for their help and cooperation. As always, we appreciate your patience as we work to make the town’s roads safe before, during and after a snowstorm.”

BEFORE A SNOWSTORM:

  • Remove any personal property from the roadway and within 10 feet of the road, such as, basketball hoops, portable storage units, recycling bins, etc.
  • If possible, move your mailbox away from the road or try to fortify it to avoid the potential for damage during snow removal. Residents should be aware that the town is not obligated to repair or replace mailboxes that are damaged or destroyed during the snow removal and road clearing process.
  • Adhere to the town’s parking ban. East Bridgewater has a parking ban in place from Nov. 15 to April 15. There is no overnight street parking during that time. The ban is enforced before, during and after snowstorms. Residents could have their vehicles towed if they are not able to be moved out of the way of snow removal vehicles.
  • Notify your private plow contractors that it is illegal to push snow into the road from your property. Snow on your driveway must be plowed on your property. This prevents large snow banks from building up on the side of the roads.
  • Be aware that treatment on town roads takes place about one to three hours before a snowstorm and continues when snowfall first begins. So salt trucks will be on the roads prior to a storm.

DURING A SNOWSTORM:

  • Stay off the roads, if possible. If you must drive, always keep a safe distance from plows and sanding trucks.
  • Never pass plows or sanding trucks.
  • For those who shovel their driveways during a snowstorm, leave the last couple feet of your driveway un-shoveled. The snow will stay on a truck’s plow and not fill your driveway as it passes by.
  • If power goes out during a storm, contact National Grid to report an outage by calling 1-800-465-1212.
  • To report a gas leak, contact Columbia Gas at their emergency line at 1-800-525-8222.

AFTER A SNOWSTORM:

  • Please clear snow from any storm drains near your home to prevent flooding. Also, help the Fire Department by shoveling snow away from hydrants.
  • Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause a hazardous condition.
  • If possible, shovel sidewalks in front of your home.
  • Do not allow children to play in the streets when plows may be out on the roads.

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