DPW: Highway

City of Somerville FY21 Budget

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for our diverse community. The Highway Department is dedicated to serving the city’s residents through its wide range of operations, including sidewalk repairs, tree trims, pothole repairs, snow operations, electronic waste pick-ups, and many other daily services. The Highway Department also keeps our squares and streets clean and free of debris. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Highway personnel is available to address immediate safety concerns.

Changes from FY20

The FY21 budget proposal includes a 3.6% increase to Personal Services. This is due to changes in salaries for union employees based on collective bargaining agreements as well as modest increases to Overtime lines to account for salary changes. There are currently two vacancies in this division:

  • 2 SHMEO/PWL positions reduced by 6 weeks for FY21.

Both are union positions expected to be filled quickly at the start of the fiscal year through the bid process.


The FY21 Ordinary Maintenance budget proposal reflects a greater than 5% budget reduction which is captured in services such as street sweeping, which was delayed in this fiscal year as a result of the pandemic a well as opportunities to right-size the budget based on prior year actuals.


During the FY21 budget review process, a cut of $109,075 was made to the Salaries line, representing the removal of the Fleet Manager position.

FY21 Budget Proposal

FY21 Positions Listing