Town Council hears public works reports
Andrew Munafo and Steven Bonner, members of the town public works department, placed third in the 10th annual Rhode Island Snow Plowing Rodeo, held recently by the state Public Works Association in Warwick.
It was the first time the town was represented at the rodeo for the tests of equipment-handling skills by 18 participating teams. Teams were judged on their ability to parallel park a truck while towing a compressor and backing a 10-ton vehicle through a course using a spotter. Other events included a sno-plow slalom and a road-kill toss.
The Town Council recognized the team at its Oct. 24 meeting with certificates to mark the achievement.
Other DPW reports
In other department news, Deputy Public Works Director Michael Gray submitted the monthly report that highlighted crew work during September. He said the workers constructed drainage improvements at West Reach Dr., Pemberton Avenue, and Schooner Avenue. They also installed berms to direct storm runoff on Watson Avenue, West, Sloop and Boom streets, and Bayview Drive.
In addition, Gray said, work crews installed chain link fence at the Community Center and water pipe from Union Street to the Community Center to the building’s new fire suppression system. Workers distributed mosquito controls in catch basins throughout town, continued mowing grass, assisted with fire hydrant work at Walcott Avenue and Bayview Drive, and started 800 feet of watermain improvements on Bayview Drive, the deputy director said.
Gray also reported that crews carried out street-sweeper operations on portions of West Reach Drive and some streets in the Jamestown Shores. They graded several streets, assisted with trash removal from the Audubon cleanup project, repaired trellises at the police station, installed road signs in the Jamestown Shores, patched potholes on several streets, and removed trees as designated by the town tree warden.
Gray reported that in addition to his ordinary management duties he assisted with drainage installation, worked on high groundwater design applications, prepared the permitting documents as well as environmental assessments for the water division projects aired at the Oct. 25 public hearing, assisted with engineering on the sea-wall repair project, helped with revisions storm-water ordinance and took part in planning the new highway barn and landfill closure.