The Public Works Department encompasses Highways, the Transfer Station (former landfill) and Recycling Center, Town Garage, Public Building Maintenance, Car Pool, Sanitary Sewer and Engineering.
The primary missions of the Department range from the long-range planning for sanitary sewers to support of safe vehicle traffic town-wide by the repair and maintenance of nearly 300 miles of public and private roadways.
Some major functions include snow plowing and sanding during winter storms; emergency road repairs, and fallen tree removal; design, engineering and management of contracted road and building projects; management of solid waste and recyclable collection and disposal; management of town vehicles; installations, replacement or repair of over eight miles of storm drainage; installation, reconstruction and maintenance of more than 2,000 catch basins; full department reclamation and repaving of more than fourteen miles of roads; repairs and replacement of guide rail posts and cables; the repair, replacement and installation of various street and traffic control signs.
After the winter storms, over 616,884 linear feet of roadway have to be swept of the winter sand and 4,000 catch basins pumped out.
Finally, this Department is used to help with projects for the schools and parks department; moving voting machines; moving furniture in various offices, picking up food for distribution by the Department of Social Services and scores of other odd jobs that keep the department fully engaged on a year round basis.