public works

Voluntary odd/even water ban now in effect

June 27, 2012 02:04:57 PM
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The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last night to impose a voluntary odd/even water restriction starting immediately and running through September 22. Under the ban, outside water use is restricted based on your house number, so odd-numbered houses use water on odd-numbered days, and even-numbered houses use water on even-numbered days.

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No increase in sticker fee, but changes for the Transfer Station could be on the way

June 27, 2012 11:48:49 AM
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An increase in the cost of a Transfer Station sticker has been an annual event for several years now. Last night Selectmen decided to hold the fee at its current rate of $175, but there was little consensus on the board about how the Transfer Station should operate and be funded in the future.

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Southborough DPW equipment to be sold at public auction on June 30

June 26, 2012 03:06:29 PM

A collection of surplus equipment from Southborough’s Department of Public Works will hit the auction block later this week. DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan said the equipment, which includes several vehicles and lawn mowers, is no longer used.

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Route 85 bridge work near Hopkinton border to start Friday

May 31, 2012 12:26:01 PM
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Several of you have inquired about road signs near the intersection of Cordaville and Southville Roads announcing a new construction project. I asked DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan what it’s all about, and she tells me it’s the start of a bridge project that’s expected to continue for the next two years.

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Hydrant flushing in Southborough to begin next week

April 20, 2012 12:03:18 PM
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Next week is the last week of April, and that means it’s time for the annual flushing of the hydrants in Southborough. It will take nearly all week for the DPW to flush all the hydrants in town, and when they’re doing the ones in your neck of the woods, you may notice your tap water running brown.

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Refuse hopper at the Transfer Station closed for maintenance

April 4, 2012 02:31:02 PM
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The refuse hopper at the Transfer Station is closed today for scheduled maintenance, and will likely be closed tomorrow as well.

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Sudbury Reservoir dam work to begin this week

March 14, 2012 02:06:36 PM
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The Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough will soon look a bit different than normal. This week the MWRA has begun lowering the water level of the reservoir, and of the open channel west of Deerfoot Road, to conduct dam repairs and erosion control.

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Water rates for Southborough expected to decrease next year

February 20, 2012 10:21:56 AM
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The MWRA announced earlier this month that water rates will increase an average of 3.9% for its member communities. The actual rate change for each town varies based on a number of factors, and turns out that’s good news for Southborough.

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Water main break affects southside homes

January 13, 2012 08:52:26 AM

A number of families on the south side of town woke up to limited water pressure this morning after a water main broke on Liberty Drive overnight. Crews are currently working on the problem.

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Neighbors concerned about branches on wires

December 14, 2011 11:40:10 AM
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A large branch hanging on the electrical wires along Main Street near Chestnut Hill Road is a power outage waiting to happen say area residents. But they say their attempts to get the branches removed have fallen on deaf ears.

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Selectmen approve new cemetery policies, increase notification times and fees

December 8, 2011 10:57:22 AM
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A change in the union contract for DPW workers means more notice will be required to hold a Monday burial at Southborough’s Rural Cemetery. It’s a move one local funeral director said was insensitive to grieving families.

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Former selectwoman encourages public forum on Swap Shop, submits Town Meeting article

December 7, 2011 12:10:57 PM

At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, former Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf encouraged the board to hold a public forum on the Swap Shop, saying it’s important to give residents an opportunity to “vent,” as well as to share ideas and come up with solutions.

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MWDN: Southborough eliminates town engineer position

November 25, 2011 09:05:58 AM

Southborough Town Engineer John Woodsmall recently accepted a position as the public works director in Holden (congrats, John!). His last day on the job was Wednesday. The Board of Selectmen this week decided to replace Woodsmall not with another town engineer, but with a staff engineer. It’s a move that is expected to save the town about $20K per year.

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Breaking news: Southborough’s Swap Shop to close for good on December 1

November 22, 2011 10:27:06 PM

A Southborough institution is closing it’s doors. I’m not talking about the Spa, or the Southborough House of Pizza, or Fitzgerald’s store. I’m talking about the Swap Shop.

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