210 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073
1 day ago
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT NEWS:
Our 23-year-old street sweeper is currently broken and out of service again. The main sweeper broom motor has a hydraulic leak and we suspect that a seal has failed. We will have it back up and running as soon as possible and resume street sweeping operations as soon as it is repaired. As of now, it remains more cost-effective to repair the sweeper than to bid out to an outside vendor for street sweeping services.
This seems like a great time to talk about our aging Highway Department equipment. We operate nineteen pieces of road equipment: Six CDL (commercial driver’s license required, gross vehicle weight greater than 26K lbs.) large single-axle dump trucks, two loaders, one loader/backhoe, four one-Ton pickup trucks, light pickup truck, box truck, roadside mower, street sweeper, excavator and a road grader. Seven of these vehicles are twenty years old or older.
Fourteen of these pieces of equipment are necessary (or in the case of the grader; available for response) to address winter storms. All six CDL large single-axle dump trucks have sanders and snow plows; and two of them have additional wing plows for efficiency and to push back snowbanks experienced during heavy winters. All of the one-Ton trucks, pickup and loaders plow snow; and two of the one-Tons have drop-in sanders for road treatment. We have plenty of used equipment and require a certain level of reliable equipment to be able to respond to weather emergencies in a timely manner just as the other Public Safety departments do.
The fact is that the Highway Department has been largely overlooked for replacement of our road equipment as of late (due to the high cost of heavy equipment) and so breakdowns and costly repairs are the result. We have received many inquiries and complaints about street sweeping and road grading this year and it concerns me that there isn’t more vocal support for replacement of some of this aging equipment; ESPECIALLY the equipment needed to treat and clear our roads in winter! Highway Department staff spent an inordinate amount of time this winter repairing trucks (and continue to) that would break down during a storm in order to have them back on the road for the next storm event. We have been lucky over the past few winters in that we haven’t experienced the accumulations of snow measured in feet that others have had to deal with, but I have serious concerns about what will happen when we inevitably do.
As for the plow truck which will be on the ballot tomorrow, Tuesday June 18; it is a comparable replacement to the 1996 Ford L9000 which has been parked in front of the Highway Department and available for public inspection. I have included in my requested specifications an integrated sander body as well as front and wing plows. The 108SD is the same truck that several other DPWs in the area have purchased recently at the same price point. There is a more expensive Western Star some have opted for, but we are trying to remain conservative in our expenses.
As always, residents may contact me at the Highway Department with questions and concerns via phone or email and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.
-Randall Kemp, Highway Superintendent ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Randall Kemp for your dedication to the highway department and for advocating for its needs!!
Thank you Randall and the Highway Dept.
,Thank you SO much for all the info. No doubt we need a program to cycle replacement. However there will always be s ome who " can't afford".
Well said. Great job putting into perspective.
Thank you for all that you do!!
Thank you for the helpful information. It’s important to make an informed decision.
Thanks for taking the time to explain and share this detailed information with all of us Randall. Truly gives the facts of your fleet and the comparison of the proposed plow truck with that of other towns is appreciated.
Thank you for your dedication Randall!
thanks for the update
Great write up Randy of the Southampton Highway Department's need for new equipment. The pictures show it clearly!
Thanks I paid my taxes 😀
Do we still have the chipper and how old is it? I think it's only a 2017.....
Well said Randall.., One picture says a thousand words .
Time to start painting and maintaining
So pull the motor pull a part number and order it.... or act like it’s the end of the world... 🤦🏼♂️
Use tax money
RECYCLING NEWS: This is a reminder that clothing and textiles can and should be recycled. There are several options in Southampton including a donation bin at the Southampton Congregational Church, a D.A.R.E. donation bin in the Southampton Police Department parking lot (both available for drop off 24 hours a day); in addition, Transfer Station permit holders may utilize the D.A.R.E. donation bin located at the Southampton Transfer Station during normal Transfer Station days/hours.
Over the past year, Southampton residents have diverted the following amounts of textiles from the waste stream/landfills and reused/recycled through donations to the D.A.R.E. bins:
1st quarter 2018 - 2,785 pounds
2nd quarter 2018 - 3,050 pounds
3rd quarter 2018 - 2,225 pounds
4th quarter 2018 - 2,700 pounds
1st quarter 2019 - 2,550 pounds ... See MoreSee Less
I'll be there to see my parents grave.
TOWN CLERK NEWS: Absentee Ballots for the Special Town Election being held on June 18th are now available in the Town Clerks office. The office will be open until 6pm next Tuesday June 11th. Please contact the Town Clerk with any questions. ... See MoreSee Less
|Town Hall Address|
Mon to Thur
8:30 AM to 4 PM
|210 College Highway
Southampton, MA 01073
|Accountant||Vicki Leigh Moro
Phone: (413) 529-1000
Fax: (413) 527-1471
Phone: (413) 527-4741
Fax: (413) 529-1004
|Board of Health||Phone: (413) 529-1003
Fax: (413) 529-6847
|Select Board||Phone: (413) 529-0106
Fax: (413) 529-1006
|Thomas F. Quinlan Jr
Phone: (413) 529-1007
Fax: (413) 529-6847
Cell: (413) 539-4404
|Emergency Manager Director||Charlie Kaniecki
|Fire Chief||John Workman
Non-Emergency Phone: (413) 527-1700
Fax: (413) 527-1700
Phone: (413) 527-3666
Fax: (413) 529-0929
Phone: (413) 535-6068 (after 4:00PM)
|Police Chief||Ian Illingsworth
Non-Emergency Phone: (413) 527-1120
Fax: (413) 527-8776
Phone: (413) 529-0106
Fax: (413) 529-1006
|Town Clerk||Luci Dalton
Phone: (413) 527-8392
Phone: (413) 527-4920
Fax: (413) 529-1001
|Veterans Agent||Gerald Paquette
Phone: (413) 527-1715
Cell: (413) 887-1622
|Zoning Board |
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