Town of Brewster, Massachusetts

Public Works

Section II - Public Works: 4221 Public Works

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Works' mission is to maintain, preserve, and protect the infrastructure and resources of the Town. The Department provides numerous municipal services to residents, businesses and visitors to Brewster including:

  • Maintenance and improvement of roads and public property.
  • Stormwater drainage.
  • Vehicle fleet maintenance.
  • Snow and ice removal.
  • Cemetery management.
  • Operation of the Brewster Recycling Center and handling solid waste disposal and recycling.
  • Tree maintenance.
  • Traffic and parking control.
  • Engineering services.
  • Environmental compliance.

Accomplishments for FY2022

  • Commencement of Freemans Fields Phase 1 ADA Parking Area Project.
  • Commencement and project management for Brewster Dog Park Project to be completed in Spring of 2022.
  • Completion of Crosby Culvert Replacement Project.
  • Finalize Town-wide Pavement Management Plan.
  • Prepare for and hold 4th Public Meeting on Millstone Road Reconstruction Project.

Goals & Initiatives for FY2023

  • Complete Town-wide roadway ownership review.
  • Complete Town-wide Capital Roadway Prioritization Improvement Plan.
  • Commence development of Town-wide Drainage Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Update DPW and BRC specific policies for Select Board Review (DPW focus on Snow & Ice Policy(s)).
  • Support potential implementation of Interim Public Access/Use of the Sea Camps Property.
  • Construction of Bog Pond Drainage Project.

Budget Highlights

  • The budget represents a $129,210 (6.32%) increase over the FY22 budget.
  • An increase of $11,500 in Dues & Subscriptions is provided for the ongoing yearly PeopleGIS subscription, used for work order software, fleet maintenance, and MS4 reporting.
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided for Repairs and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems Town-wide due to increase in materials, labor, and aging systems and the addition of the Cape Cod Sea Camps irrigation system.
  • An increase of $1,500 is provided for meal allowances provided for every 6 hour increment of overtime worked (contractual obligation).
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided for contractual wage increases. Additionally, there is also a need for response to more frequent storms, and aging infrastructure at DPW often requires overtime.
  • An increase of $25,000 is provided for roads and drainage - this is due to increases in the cost to dispose of street sweepings, and the anticipated increase in catch basin cleaning with disposal.
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided for the R&M building - there are necessary repairs (including but not limited to exterior doors, interior lighting, and access gate) to this aging DPW and Transfer Station complex.
  • An increase of $3,986 is provided for rentals and leases - there is an 8% projected increase to cover trash & recycle services. This line covers porta-johns services and fees, tight tank pumping, copier lease and mat rentals. There are potential additional trash/recycle and portajohn locations at Sea Camps this summer.
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided for traffic control, due to increased storms and Town-wide needs.
  • An increase of $2,500 is provided for traffic sign materials, based on approximate price increases provided by the vendor.
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided for tree removal services, as storms are occurring more frequently.