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2008-9 Annual Report

Paving and construction prices were again on the increase in 2008, reducing the number of streets rehabilitated this year, and increasing the workload on our own crews to prepare the streets, including subsurface drainage, sidewalk removal, and catch basin repair. We were able to complete paving projects on Loomis and Marvin Streets, and sidewalks were replaced on Barre Street and segments of Loomis Street.

Public Works staff continues to work with the City Manager's Office and others to advance the Montpelier /Berlin Bike Path to construction in the near future, as well as the Route 2/302 roundabout project, which will begin construction in the spring of 2009.

Our Administrative division at City Hall provides technical assistance to property owners, consultants and local boards, issues permits for homeowner projects, manages street lighting and traffic control operations, and manages all street, water, storm and sewer projects identified in the annual Capital Projects Maintenance Plan. The Streets Division showed ongoing dedication to the City by providing a high level of service to pedestrians and the driving public in performing winter operations and snow removal during a winter that saw one of the largest snowfall amounts since record-keeping began. This continued with the efforts and hard work to clean up the August flood damage, assisted by the Administration and Water& Sewer Divisions.

The Water & Sewer Division continued with their numerous routine and on-going maintenance tasks, such as sanitary and storm sewer cleaning, inspecting and maintaining sewer pump stations, maintenance and repair of water meters, and annual water system flushing. The crew is also tasked with repair of water leaks and sewer breaks, thawing and repairing hydrants, and removing snow to keep them accessible, and providing assistance to the Streets Division as needed during winter operations. The Water & Sewer Division, working closely with the City Engineer, also played a major role in the completion of the River/Berlin Street water main project and the River Street sewer project.

The Equipment Division continues to achieve excellence in repair and maintenance of the City's fleet, including vehicles owned by the Public Works, Police, Fire, Green Mount Cemetery, Parks, Recreation and School Departments. The condition, reliability and age of the fleet are a testament to these employees and their ability to keep our fleet operational. The Division is also responsible for the buildings and grounds at the DPW facility on Dog River Road, and provides fuel to both City and other local government customers. The Wastewater Treatment Facility heralded the replacement of the Archimedes screw pumps in 2008. Daily operations include septage and leachate receiving, laboratory work, sludge pressing, dewatering, State reporting, and facilities and grounds maintenance, all of which are accomplished with six employees.

The Water Treatment Facility continues to provide high-quality drinking water to its numerous customers. The employees continuously monitor water quality through laboratory analysis, use trends, and source protection inspections. This Division of three employees also fulfills State reporting requirements, prepares the Consumer Confidence Report every spring, and performs equipment, facility and grounds maintenance to keep the plant in excellent running condition.

This year has been very challenging, dealing with the rainstorm flooding in many areas of the City. Public Works staff worked on these projects for months, along with other slope stability problems that needed addressing. Thanks to Ginny and Tom for their organizational skills and institutional memories. And thanks to Bill, for wisdom, guidance and support throughout the year. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call the Public Works Office at 223-9508.

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