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  • The mission of the City of Springfield Public Works Department is to maintain and preserve the City's public way infrastructure which includes streets, sidewalks, street signs, traffic signals, and catch basins.  The Department explores cost effective and environmentally responsible disposal of waste and recycling.  The Department provides an economically and professionally operated fleet service center to assure the safety of the citizens and employees of Springfield.  Additionally, the Public Works Department protects the environment while maintaining health and safety standards through the management and operation of the City's Storm Drain system.

Holiday Recycling Reminders

 Christmas Trees
The Solid Waste Division will collect them starting January 5, 2016 and end January 29, 2016.  This will give every household 2 opportunities to place them out for pick up.
As a reminder, all trees MUST be free of any decorative lights, ornaments, decorations or tree stands.  Trees MUST NOT be placed in any bags or boxes.  Please lay trees on their side.  Please do not tie them up with anything.
Items should be placed out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m., on the day of collection.  For additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736- 3111

The Springfield Department of Public Works thanks you for your recycling efforts over the past year.  Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday and winter months:


Please DO include the following items in your Single Stream recycling mix:

- corrugated cardboard boxes. Flatten and tie in 3’ x3’ bundles, no tape.  No waxed cardboard. -paperboard gift boxes -greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
- gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter). -paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay). - newspapers/ inserts, magazines/catalogs
- paperbacks & phone books -junk mail – windowed envelopes are OK. - white and colored paper, computer paper, shredded paper – place in paper bags. - all plastic bottles, jars, tubs and plastic microwave trays/containers under 2 gallons in size -glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes – Please remove and discard all caps -aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids and aluminum foil

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:
- ribbons, bows, and tinsel. -packing peanuts and Styrofoam - holiday lights - paint or aerosol cans or other metal items - broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window - auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics - no plastic grocery/newspaper bags - containers over 2 gallons in size, motor oil, chemical or foam containers or flower pots - pizza boxes -batteries -used paper plates, cups, napkins, toilet tissue

Proposed Signal and Intersection Improvements at Roosevelt Avenue & Island Pond Road and Roosevelt Avenue &Alden Street in Springfield, MA.

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – HIGHWAY DIVISION

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Project File No. 605385

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Signal and Intersection Improvements at Roosevelt Avenue & Island Pond Road and Roosevelt Avenue &Alden Street in Springfield, MA.

WHERE: Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School (Cafeteria)

190 Surrey Road
Springfield, MA 01118

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Improvements at Roosevelt Avenue intersections with Island Pond Road and with Alden Street project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL: The goal of the proposed project is to increase traffic capacity and improve traffic operation and safety. Its scope includes realignment of Island Pond Street (at its intersection with Roosevelt Avenue), installation of new traffic signals (or upgrade of the existing ones), limited widening, and new turning lanes at/along the intersections’ approach lanes. Bicycle accommodations consisting of usable 5-foot wide shoulders are provided in accordance with applicable design guides. Pedestrian accommodations will consist of reconstruction of the existing sidewalks and installation of new 5.5-foot wide sidewalks in most areas where there currently are none.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The city is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 605385. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us). Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/


THOMAS TINLIN PATRICIA A. LEAVENWORTH, P.E.

HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR CHIEF ENGINEER

City Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel

Recycling Barrel's 10 Most Unwanted


While the single stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City, it has not come without some challenges. The biggest challenge facing the program is the putting of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.

Recycling barrels that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and not collected. The resident will have to remove the items and put it out on their next collection day.
  
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling containers caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.

One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by tar improperly disposed of in the recycling cart.  Almost half of the contents of the entire truck were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.

To some it may seem harmless to toss a rogue item into a recycling container. However, we want to make sure people understand that it's far from harmless.  The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling container can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.

The City will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling barrel. The "10 most unwanted list" flyer will be put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and also posted on the City website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.

The City will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.

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Christmas Tree Pickup

Christmas Trees
The Solid Waste Division will collect them starting January 5, 2016 and end January 29, 2016.  This will give every household 2 opportunities to place them out for pick up.

As a reminder, all trees MUST be free of any decorative lights, ornaments, decorations or tree stands.  Trees MUST NOT be placed in any bags or boxes.  Please lay trees on their side.  Please do not tie them up with anything.

Items should be placed out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m., on the day of collection.  For additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736- 3111


Please call 311 with any questions

"Please have your items at the curb by 6:30 am on your Recycling Day for collection."


DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECYCLING REMINDER

Thank you for your recycling efforts over the past year.  Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday and winter months:

Please DO include the following items in your paper recycling mix:

  • corrugated cardboard boxes
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay)
  • catalogs and calendars

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam (re-usable, contact your local pack and ship store)
  • holiday lights
  • plastic bags







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Parking Ban

Please be advised that the City of Springfield will be enforcing the parking ban as of 9:00 a.m. Monday February 8th.  The parking ban regulations are as follows:

 No parking on the odd side of the street from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 No parking on the even side of the street from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

On behalf of the City of Springfield DPW I thank you very much for your assistance with this matter.



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