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IN THIS ISSUE

5 President’s Message:

At Long Last, We Have an Infrastructure Bill! But, There is Still Work to be Done

7 Legislative Update:

• Massachusetts House Passes First Round of ARPA Appropriations; Senate Unveils Its Own Proposal. • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants to Support Waterway Pollution Control Projects • Joint Committee on Environment Hold Hearing on Water Infrastructure Funding Legislation • EOTTS Launches New Online Interactive Mapping Tool • EPA Administrator Regan Announces Comprehensive National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution • Municipal Election Season

23 UCANE’s Joins 7th Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” Campaign to Raise Awareness About the Value of Water 24 Albanese D&S, Inc. Completes Last Phase of Important MWRA Water Project 31 Public Works Pipeline:

An Interview with Alan Cathcart, DPW Director, Town of Concord, MA

39 Save the Date: UCANE’s Christmas Party & Holiday Auction 41 Safety Corner:

Safely Lifting Materials: Rigging and Signaling

45 National Grid Tips of the Trade: Pipeline Safety 47 Construction Safety & Compliance:

An Interview with Glen Hartmann, Foreman, R. M. Pacella, Inc.

50 Cashman Family Foundation Leads Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts 51 UCANE Welcomes New Members 53 Badger Daylighting Assists Worcester Fire Department with Trench Rescue Training 61 Technology in Construction:

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Editor: Jeff Mahoney, Senior Editor: Anne Klayman, Associate Editor Suzanne Hatch, Magazine Designer/Assistant Editor: Sherri Klayman, Head Writer/Assistant Editor: Mike Lenihan Construction Outlook Chair: Marcella Albanese Editorial Board: Marcella Albanese, Ryan McCourt, Brian Cooney, & Chris Valenti CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK published monthly by the Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc., 300 Congress Street, Suite 101, Quincy, MA 02169; Tel: 617.471.9955; Fax: 617.471.8939; Email: jmahoney@ucane.com; Website: www.ucane.com. Statements of fact and opinion are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of UCANE and the Construction Outlook editorial board and staff. Subscriptions are included in dues payments for UCANE members. Presorted Standard postage paid at Brockton, MA. POSTMASTER, please send form #3579 to Construction Outlook, Crown Colony Office Park, 300 Congress Street, Suite 101, Quincy, MA 02169.



At Long Last, We Have an Infrastructure Bill! But, There is Still Work to be Done As you are probably aware by now, Congress has finally passed a large-scale infrastructure bill. This historic $1 trillion infrastructure bill was years in the making, and on behalf of UCANE, I would like to thank the members of our Congressional Delegation who supported this legislation. I’d also like to thank our partners at the Clean Water Construction Coalition (CWCC) and all of our allies who have been vocal advocates for the passage of the bill, which contains an additional investment in water infrastructure that we have continuously advocated for.

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ver the next five years, $55 billion will be spent to upgrade water systems and replace lead service lines. Massachusetts will receive at least $1.1 billion of that funding over the next five years to improve water infrastructure in municipalities across the Commonwealth. There is also $1.4 billion in grants included to specifically address combined sewage overflows and PFAS contaminations. For UCANE members who do other types of infrastructure work in Massachusetts, the bill also contains $4.2 billion for road improvements, $1.1 billion for bridge replacements and repairs in the state, $2.5 billion for public transportation, and $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state. In addition, several hundred million dollars will be made available to upgrade our airports and ports. I do not want to downplay the magnitude and importance of this bill, as it is a once-ina-generation investment in our infrastructure. But I do want to emphasize that there is still work to be done to maximize the impact of this funding. For the water infrastructure funding, the vast NOVEMBER, 2021

majority of it will be distributed through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program. With the influx of funds from the federal bill, along with the ARPA stimulus money being appropriated, the state has a unique opportunity to leverage these funds and increase the incentives available through the SRF program. This should include increases in principal forgiveness on loans, zero percent loans, planning grants, and any other incentives that will motivate municipalities and authorities to utilize the program, even those who have not traditionally done so in the past. In the coming weeks and months, we will be working closely with our Congressional Delegation, the Baker Administration, and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to ensure cities, towns, water and sewer authorities, districts, and commissions have all the information they need to access these funds and to put these critical projects out to bid. We need to realize all of the potential that this additional funding can provide, and only then can we truly celebrate.

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he Massachusetts legislature has made its first comprehensive move to distribute the discretionary portion of the State’s America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. In mid-October, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its plan to spend $3.65 billion in federal funds and fiscal year 2021 surplus funds on a variety of programs and policies to strengthen the Commonwealth in response to COVID-19 impacts. The full Massachusetts House of Representatives then passed the legislation after attaching a variety of amendments and increased the bottom-line to $3.8 billion. At the start of November, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released the Senate’s proposal, which will start at close to $3.66 billion. While the Senate debate has not occurred as of the time of this writing, it is possible the Senate’s proposal could grow by as much $200 million, according to Senate leadership. In passing its ARPA legislation, the House exceeded Governor Charlie Baker’s earlier ARPA legislation by close to $900 million. However, unlike the Governor’s bill, the legislation passed by the House combined ARPA and surplus spending into one bill. For its part, the Senate proposal, unlike the BakerPolito Administration and House proposals, does not assign spending from either federal or surplus funds, but directs the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance (A&F) to determine the appropriate resource for each spending item within established spending limits contained in the legislation. The pools of available funds in the SWM legislation remains ARPA funding and surplus revenue from FY21. For employers generally, both proposals include $500 million to replenish the Commonwealth’s Unemployment (UI) Trust Fund. This represents half of the amount proposed by Governor Baker, meaning employers will still be required to pay additional assessments to repay federal UI advances and recapitalize the state fund. Employers, various trade NOVEMBER, 2021

associations, and regional think-tanks have argued that a higher level of state subsidy remains key for energizing the economic rejuvenation. Both proposals also set aside $500 million for essential worker premium pay, which far exceeds the $40 million in premium pay and essential worker payments included in Governor Baker’s plan. The House language requires that A&F determine eligibility for the program and make bonus payments by late January 2022 while establishing a minimum payment of $500. The Senate proposal differs from the House proposal in that it provides a series of steps for both determining eligibility, amount and form of payment. Specifically, the Senate proposal allows premium pay to be provided in the form of a tax credit; does not include the $500 minimum bonus level included by the House; and does not establish a deadline for payments. Of particular concern to UCANE members, the federal ARPA law contained six target areas for investment, including, but not limited to water infrastructure. While the Governor proposed directing $400 million of ARPA funds specifically towards water and sewer infrastructure, the House and Senate chose more tentative initial appropriations for water and sewer infrastructure. With an eye towards the federal infrastructure bill, the House and Senate proposed an initial funding amount lower than the Governor’s, but with the potential for including additional monies in a second late winter-early spring ARPA bill. As a result, the House appropriated $100 million directly to a reserve for the Clean Water Trust through the respective Drinking and Clean Water SRFs. The Senate, for its part, has initially proposed to include $175 million. During the House debate, additional funds of approximately $25 million were added in specific, earmarked line-item appropriations. For climate resiliency and environmental infrastructure projects, continued on page 9

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Legislative Update continued from page 7 the House included another $100 million in funding, while the Senate included $125 million. Overall, Governor Baker proposed approximately $1 billion in infrastructure projects while the House proposed $427 million and the Senate proposed, before amendments, $515 million. With the passage of the federal infrastructure bill, it will be interesting to see how the House and Senate include water and sewer infrastructure as part of the second round of an ARPA distribution. Even with the federal infrastructure funding for water and sewer projects of approximately $1 billion over five years, the Commonwealth’s water infrastructure funding gap remains quite large. Given current systems’ needs and future regulatory compliance measures, municipalities and regional water authorities will require additional funding from a second ARPA distribution. UCANE wholeheartedly thanks Representative Carolyn Dykema, House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, and Representative Sean Garballey, Chair of the House Committee on Global Warming, as well as 40 other representatives, who sponsored amendments to increase the overall amount of funding and incentives for using the SRF program. continued on page 11

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Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts ($241,848). The project will support two Agricultural Nonpoint Source Regional Coordinators across Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center ($72,385). The project will demonstrate the treatment efficacy of woodbased (lignocellulosic) denitrification systems for pathogens and selected contaminants of emerging concern to determine the feasibility of their implementation for the overall benefit to public health and the environment. Town of Milton ($158,500). The project consists of design and construction to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff discharging in the Unquity Brook watershed. Franklin Regional Council of Governments ($105,200). The project will provide towns with a simple way to assess their unpaved roads, continued on page 13

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Joint Committee on the Environment Hold Hearing on Water Infrastructure Funding Legislation

he Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture hosted a public hearing on legislation proposing funding mechanisms for addressing the Commonwealth’s water infrastructure funding gap on October 13. Chaired by Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Becca Rausch, the Committee is charged with reviewing all measures impacting the Commonwealth’s environmental resources. UCANE Executive Director Jeff Mahoney orally testified and submitted written testimony in favor of House Bill 920/Senate Bill 505, An Act Relative to Funding Water Infrastructure and Addressing Economic Target Areas. The proposed legislation creates a flexible Commonwealth Water Infrastructure Trust Fund, which will be funded on connection fees charged to general contractors. As many municipalities charge a “connection fee” for access to municipal water and sewer mains, the proposed legislation would increase the connection fees by $250 for residential properties and $1,000 for commercial properties paid by general contractors and, specifically, dedicate these additional funds to the newly created Commonwealth Water Infrastructure Trust Fund. The legislation would also provide funding directly to the MassDEP to work with communities identified as economic target areas. In its written testimony before the Committee, UCANE wrote: “Apart from certain region-specific initiatives, there has been limited progress made to close the funding gap since the 2012 MWIFC study was released. With climate change expected to result in increases in the magnitude and/or frequency of extreme events, as well as long-term changes in average climatic conditions, we cannot continue to delay the implementation of a consistent and reliable funding mechanism for water infrastructure. Funding from the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the potential federal infrastructure legislation represent one-time remedies that will not solve our water infrastructure funding gap. Finally, this legislation creates a proactive mechanism for assisting disadvantaged communities throughout the Commonwealth.

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The Commonwealth’s future growth depends on all municipalities having access to highquality infrastructure. As proposed, this legislation will directly fund the MassDEP’s work with disadvantaged communities to make sure they are able to navigate the avenues necessary for seeking additional infrastructure funding.” Executive Director Mahoney indicated that the Association also supports House Chair Dykema’s legislation, House Bill 900, An Act Relative to Municipal Assistance for Clean Water and Economic Development Infrastructure, which would provide $100 million annually over a period of 10 years through a $1 billion bond bill. The Committee will continue to review legislation before it and, in accordance with Joint Rule 10, make a recommendation on all legislation before February 7, 2022. continued on page 17

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he Executive Office of Technology Services and Security’s (EOTSS) Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (MassGIS) announced the launch of MassMapper, a new online interactive mapping tool. The new tool will enable municipalities and private sector organizations – especially those in the land surveying, engineering, and real estate industries – to better interact with the Commonwealth. MassMapper will offer an enhanced user experience for many of its primary uses like site design, land inventory, and public policy planning. MassMapper will replace the existing, legacy online mapping tool, OLIVER, which has been in use in its current form for over a decade. The upgrade to MassMapper represents one of many ongoing initiatives in the EOTSS’ overall mission of modernizing the Commonwealth’s legacy IT and cybersecurity infrastructure. OLIVER will run concurrently with MassMapper through the end of the calendar year According to a press release from EOTSS, MassMapper offers a number of new features including, but not limited to: •

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The interactive mapping tool’s new capabilities were developed through extensive outreach to solicit user feedback from the public and private sector, as well as thorough product testing prior to its launch. MassMapper can be accessed on any device: computer, tablet, or mobile phone. MassGIS also offers Muni Mappers, a by-request, custom-built mapping service that incorporates local data provided by the municipality for a more customized mapping tool at no cost to the municipality. This service is largely leveraged by smaller municipalities in the Commonwealth with limited resources for IT services, making the procurement of expensive commercial products infeasible. To access the new MassMapper tool, please visit: https://maps.massgis.digital.mass.gov/MassMapper/ MassMapper.html continued on page 19

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EPA Administrator Regan Announces Comprehensive National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution

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Timelines to set enforceable drinking water limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act;

Including a hazardous substance designation under CERCLA;

Timelines for action—whether it is data collection or rulemaking—on Effluent Guideline Limitations under the Clean Water Act for nine industrial categories;

Increased monitoring, data collection and research;

Continued efforts to build the technical foundation needed on PFAS air emissions to inform future actions under the Clean Air Act.

In addition to the release of the Roadmap, the EPA announced a new national testing strategy that requires PFAS manufacturers to provide the agency with toxicity data and information on categories

of PFAS chemicals. The PFAS to be tested will be selected based on an approach that breaks the large number of PFAS today into smaller categories based on similar features and considers what existing data are available for each category. EPA’s initial set of test orders for PFAS, which are expected in a matter of months, will be strategically selected from more than 20 different categories of PFAS. This set of orders will provide the agency with critical information on more than 2,000 other similar PFAS that fall within these categories. The EPA engaged with a wide range of stakeholders to continue to identify collaborative solutions to the PFAS challenge, including two national webinars held on October 26 and November 2. Additional information on the Strategic Roadmap: www.epa.gov/pfas. continued on page 21

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UCANE Joins 7th Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” Campaign to Raise Awareness About the Value of Water On October 21, UCANE once again joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the seventh Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” Campaign, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, a thousand organizations from across the country raised awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems.

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Albanese D&S, Inc. Completes Last Phase of Important MWRA Water Project 200,000 residents in six towns North of Boston now have redundancy (backup) for the 75-year-old Northern Intermediate High Service Pipeline

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Albanese D&S, Inc. Sets its Sights on the NIH Pipeline UCANE member Albanese D&S, Inc. has a long history of performing successful water and sewer projects for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) since the company was founded in 1991. When the MWRA started designing and planning to create redundancy for the Northern Intermediate High (NIH) water system, Albanese D&S took notice. According to company president Giovanni Albanese, “We were pleased to see that the MWRA recognized the value of these needed improvements.”

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The Need for Redundancy Creating redundancy for the NIH water system has been a priority of the MWRA since the design for it started nearly 20 years ago. The lines were old, the pipes were large (up to 48” in diameter), some of the pipe materials were suspect, and the demand for MWRA water North of Boston was increasing. If any part of the old 5-mile transmission system experienced a sudden failure, the ability to provide drinking water to some or all of the six MWRA communities could be severely limited - or lostuntil emergency repairs could be made. The typical demand for the six MWRA communities that rely on the NIH is 10 million gallons per day.

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Finding a route for a large diameter pipeline through the heavily congested urban areas North of Boston was a difficult task. Major disruptions to traffic and interference with local businesses would be unavoidable, and was not well received by any community. Making matters worse was the fact that preliminary borings along every potential route revealed heavy bedrock that would require considerable blasting. MWRA and town officials reluctantly realized how the Town of “Stoneham” got its name. After years of community meetings and agreements to include as many mitigation requests as reasonably possible for the type of work involved, MWRA officials finally made their case to the impacted communities, and established the pipeline route. Between design, management, inspection, and construction costs, the MWRA design consultants estimated the NIH redundant pipeline to total $85 million. The first of the four projects that would ultimately create a redundant pipeline - and water security to nearly 200,000 residents - broke ground in 2014. The final design of the NIH redundant pipeline was comprised of four separate projects to be bid over a period of four years. The first project put out to bid was Contract 7066 and it included 2,400 feet of new 36-inch pipe extending from Stoneham to Reading along West St. That $2.5 million project was bid in 2014 and won by UCANE contractor P. Caliacco Corp. Albanese D&S was the low bidder on the next three phases of the NIH redundant pipeline. continued on page 27 PROJECT NO. and DESCRIPTION Contract 7471 Woburn -Reading Section 110 8,800 ft of 36-inch Pipe Contract 7478 Stoneham and Conn.to Wakefield 7800ft - 48-inch; 3000ft -12-16"; Meter 96 Contract 7067 Stoneham Sect. 89 & 29; Conn.to Gillis PS 14,000ft - 48-inch Pipe

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Albanese D&S continued from page 25 Contract 7067 Contract 7067 was designed by Stantec’s Burlington office. “We were excited when the bids were read,” says Albanese D&S Estimator and Project Manager Pietro Ciano. “This project was complex in both scope and scale and our bid was competitive as we were only 3% below the second bidder. Our construction yard was all set up, and we had two years of experience with both the engineers and the communities under our belt.” The massive project involved nearly 14,000 feet of 48-inch ductile iron pipe and nine large buried vaults containing 48-inch valves. There would also be 2,500 feet of

8-inch local water mains and 22 new 8-inch valves. All of that work would take place in Stoneham. A mile of the route would be along heavily traveled Main Street (MA Highway Route 28), which consists of mostly commercial businesses. Part of the route would be through residential streets and part would be through parkways (Pond Street and Woodland Road) controlled by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Excavation depths for the large (48-Inch) pipe ranged from 10 feet to 22 feet. The deep cuts would necessitate blasting of bedrock along much of the route. Multiple crews with large excavators would be required along with extensive traffic detours on a daily basis. continued on page 29

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Albanese D&S continued from page 27 “We had permits from Stoneham, the MWRA, DCR, and MassDOT,” said Site Superintendent Andrea Ciano, Jr. “We had so many restrictions that it was difficult at times to make progress. We needed as many as 12 traffic details per day to set up our work zones and manage the detours.” Andrea credited MWRA Construction Coordinator Jerry Sheehan for his assistance with the communication between all the agencies and various police departments that kept the traffic (and the job) moving. The Contract would not allow stockpiling of excavated materials or stringing of pipe along the roadways and roads needed to be open to traffic at the end of the day. This required lots of trucks to haul material and two dedicated tractors and trailers with drivers to rehandle and deliver each piece of 48” X 20’ long pipe and all precast structures to the crews. Large pipe means large trench boxes and wide excavations. Making the site passable for traffic at the end of the often long workday was a daily challenge. According to Giovanni Albanese, the toughest part of the project was dealing with the ledge removal that was required along about half of the 2.5-mile route. “Between the rock pre-drilling operations, the trench blasting operations, and the 15,000 lb. demo-hammers, we were not very popular with some of the abutters along the route,” said Giovanni. “Eventually everyone understood that these sometimes-unpleasant operations were necessary to get the pipe into the ground. We removed over 16,000 cubic yards of hard rock in Stoneham alone.” Per Andrea Ciano, “The entire company put a lot of time and effort into these jobs and I think we gained a new level of respect from everyone associated with the NIH projects. We are extremely proud of how we handled

this work.” Giovanni Albanese was also quick to praise the performance of Albanese D&S Superintendents Paul Tierney, Pete Luciani, and David Laramee who all worked on the projects. “This Stoneham job required all hands-on deck,” said Giovanni. “Our crews once again proved they are among the best in the business.” Project Manager Pietro Ciano also gave credit to other UCANE members who played key roles in the NIH projects. The massive precast concrete vaults were provided by Concrete Systems, Inc. (Nashua NH), the ductile iron piping and valves were delivered by E.J. Prescott, Inc. (Middleton), and castings were provided by EJ (Brockton). UCANE Contractor Albanese Brothers, Inc. (Dracut) provided a pipeline crew for the Stoneham job and the project signage and safety equipment was handled by Liddell Brothers, Inc. (Halifax). UCANE member Benevento Companies (Wilmington) supplied the concrete, sand and gravel, and the hot mix. “Our company tries to do business, whenever possible, with our fellow UCANE Associate members,” says Pietro, proudly. With Contract 7471 starting up in April of 2016 and Contract 7067 being completed in June of 2020, Albanese D&S spent more than four continuous years working on the NIH water system for the MWRA. The company worked year-round on these three difficult projects and provided between two to five of their own main line crews plus multiple subcontractors to get all work completed within the contract’s time limits. Albanese D&S successfully installed approximately 32,000 feet of new large diameter water mains in some of the most congested streets north of Boston. For the MWRA communities of Stoneham, Reading, Wakefield, Woburn, Winchester, and Wilmington, the potential of losing water for residents and businesses due to a pipe failure is now dramatically diminished.

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long-standing member of MassDEP’s Safe Drinking Water Advisory Committee. In 2019, a newly appointed Town Manager asked me to step in and serve as acting Director of Public Works during a period of significant transition. Pleased to have the opportunity to expand my role and the opportunity to further develop my management skills, I gladly accepted the challenge. In early 2020, I was formally appointed to serve in this capacity. Can you give us a brief description of Concord in regards to the make-up of the DPW, population, and infrastructure statistics? Concord is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Boston and has a population of approximately 18,000. It is a unique community with a mix of residential, commercial, agricultural, and institutional land uses. The historic nature of Concord is exceptional with pre-colonial and colonial, archeologically significant sites such as the Minuteman National Historical Park. It is home to some significant environmental resources and sites as well, such as Walden continued on page 33

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Public Works Pipeline continued from page 31 Pond and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. These attributes, coupled with a rich cultural history have made Concord a popular destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors, each year. It is bisected by Route 2, provides for two MBTA commuter rail stations, and serves a portion of Hanscom Airfield with water supply. As Director of Public Works, I lead a dynamic and high performing staff of 50 employees working in four divisions. Public Works is responsible for maintaining approximately 108 miles of public roads, curbs and sidewalks catch basins, storm drains, culverts, and outfalls; traffic islands; guardrails; street signs and traffic signals. We take care of public shade trees; several dozen Town parks (common areas, playgrounds), over a dozen ball fields - probably 5060 acres all together. Town cemeteries, the Town's compost site, and the closed landfill are under Public Works as well. Concord’s water system includes 130 miles of distribution piping and a mix of sources (one surface water source and six groundwater sources). The municipal sewer system includes 34 miles of collection main, multiple pumping stations, and a tertiary wastewater treatment plant. About 35% of the residences in the Town (1,900 customers) are on Town sewer. CPW Public Works is also tasked with main-

taining our own buildings and facilities and all of the various pieces of heavy equipment vehicles needed to support our departments. What do you currently see as the most pressing infrastructure needs for the Town in the next few years, and is there a 5-year Asset Management Plan in place to address those needs? A recently convened capital planning task force, appointed through Concord’s Selectboard and Town Managers office, have recommended that all town departments identify and prioritize their individual capital needs in one master planning document. This document will allow the community to be aware of competing and complimentary needs and interests so they may be addressed in a comprehensive and fiscally responsible manner. Concord Public Works is doing its part by utilizing several state-of-the-art asset management tools to identify, prioritize and equally importantly, educate our community as to much needed capital improvements. The Water and Sewer Division manages each respective utility as enterprise systems guided by 10year financial proformas, which include all anticipated capital improvements. In FY22, the Water Division is continued on page 35

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Public Works Pipeline continued from page 33 scheduled to complete the rehabilitation of a 2.5-million-gallon water storage reservoir and will be moving forward on the second phase of a surface water intake structure rehabilitation. In addition we will be completing a multi-million dollar overhaul of two large sewer pump stations, and ongoing water main and sewer collection system rehabilitation activities.

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Public Works Pipeline continued from page 35 state and federal financial support, there is hope that the Trust will be successful in passing along much anticipated infrastructure dollars being discussed at the federal level through this SRF program. As an industry, given the rising financial burdens that continue to be imposed directly on our ratepayers, we should be advocating for such loans to be issued with no-interest or possibly even principal forgiveness. Right of Way improvements including roads, bridges, and culverts are funded primarily through the Town’s general fund contributions (taxes) and supplemental State Chapter 90 funding. Over the past year, Concord was successful in securing a Complete Streets grant for approximately $400,000. To be eligible for this funding, Concord had to develop and formally adopted a Complete Streets Policy along with a Prioritization Plan identifying projects that could provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes walking, biking, transit, and vehicles. There is much talk in Washington about a bipartisan “Infrastructure Bill” soon to be enacted. Governor Baker and the legislature are also currently working to prioritize $5 billion in American Recov-

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of the load would be hazardous. The tag line does not need to be held the entire time of the lift. The purpose of it is to help control the load and its orientation. That can be accomplished when the load is first lifted off the ground and then when it’s coming into land in its location. When the load is lifted, and the operator (crane or equipment) cannot visibly see the load for the duration of the lift, then a signal person must be used. Before lifting the load, the operator and signal person must agree on the method of signaling to be used and the meaning of the gestures. There are continued on page 43

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Construction Safety & Compliance: An Interview with Glen Hartmann Foreman, R. M. Pacella, Inc.

UCANE’s Construction Outlook magazine editors recently caught up with Glen Hartmann at a busy construction site in Dedham, Massachusetts. Glen is a foreman with UCANE member firm R. M. Pacella, Inc. of Plainville, MA. We were able to get a few minutes of Glen’s time to talk about the importance of Safety in today’s heavy construction industry. What is your background in construction, and how long have you been with R. M. Pacella, Inc.? When I was very young, I began working for my uncle who owned and operated a large earth moving company. Even at a young age, I was always interested and fascinated with spending as much time as I could on jobsites. After graduating from Massachusetts Bay Community College with a degree in Engineering Design, the economy and work relating to heavy construction was very sparing. This led me to spend almost 8 years working in the waste industry operating heavy equipment, and later taking a role as an Environmental Engineer. Fast forward to 2018 when I was fortunate enough to be offered a job with R. M. Pacella as a Field Engineer. In my current role as a crew foreman, keeping my site and my crew safe is obviously at the forefront of my dayto-day operations. What type of work does R. M. Pacella focus on and what are some of the safety training methods/techniques that you emphasize for your field employees? R. M. Pacella’s main focus of work would be roadway and drainage improvements. I believe the key to a safe workday/workplace is good communication. Before each shift, I explain the day’s goals to each person on my team. This provides an opportunity for individual questions pertaining to each task at hand, as well as a chance to identify any specific NOVEMBER, 2021

safety related concerns before the task has started. In my opinion when everyone feels informed, it raises your threshold of success. The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to require contractors and their safety professionals to react quickly to a changing array of safety protocols in order to protect employees. How did you and your company adapt to this unique situation and keep the employees informed and focused? continued on page 49

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Safety & Compliance continued from page 47 Throughout the course of the pandemic, management has worked to implement new and revised policies and procedures to ensure safety and compliance in the workplace. After each revision to federal and state mandates, we would have a company management meeting to ensure everyone was informed of the changes and had the proper equipment at their disposal. This information would then be distributed to the remaining employees during our tailgate talks before each shift. The Federal Government and some state governments have issued mandates that will require many private employers and all Federal contractors to have 100% of their employees vaccinated against COVID-19. Do you think these mandates will impact your company operations?

is critical to allow crews to be productive while, at the same time, safe and in compliance. As a member of UCANE’s Safety Committee, do you think contractors as well as their workers can benefit from participating in industry organized and OSHA endorsed events like Trench Safety Week and other similar Safety Stand Downs? Absolutely. Safety is always evolving in our industry and staying informed is one of the best methods to set yourself and your company up for success. We always need to be critiquing ourselves and trying to do better, and that starts with organized events designed to help capture the attention of every crew member. n

The heavy construction industry was struggling to find enough tradesmen before the pandemic and our company, like many others, continues to see a shortage of young workers entering the construction field. I believe these 100% mandates will be challenging for the industry and especially for small businesses like ours. Further reducing the available workforce is the last thing we need right now and could lead to some project completion delays or possibly higher prices at bid time. Any reduction in experienced workers will certainly increase jobsite safety concerns. As difficult as the mandates may be, our company will have to meet the challenge, adapt as may be required, and complete our projects both on-time and safely. Aside from COVID related safety issues, what other safety issues/concerns received the most focus by you and your company in 2021? There is no shortage of safety concerns that apply to our industry on an everyday basis. Trench safety is usually in the forefront of any excavator’s daily and weekly planning. By having every team member know what the work entails, not only for tomorrow, but for next week allows both the crew and the foreman to make sure we have the proper safety equipment on hand. Forethought and planning ahead

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Badger Daylighting Assists Worcester Fire Department with Trench Rescue Training 50 Firefighters Take Part in Week Long Exercise UCANE member Badger Daylighting manufactures and operates the largest fleet of vacuum excavators in North America. Badger’s branch office in Worcester, run by Area Manager Scott Robinson, is home to 26 Badger Hydro-Excavators and employs 30+ people. The New England District deploys 50 units on a daily basis and employs over 70 people including operators, salesmen, client managers, and mechanics. Rob Koumbis, the District Manager manager for Badger’s Northeast Region, has lived in the Worcester area most of his life. He had heard that the Worcester Fire Department (WFD) was looking to do some Trench Rescue Training, so Rob approached WFD to see if he could help with the coordination of the training sessions as a public service. The WFD gladly accepted the offer and Rob began scrambling to put everything together. “I made a commitment,” said Koumbis, “and with the help of a few friends and fellow UCANE members, we made it happen. Our friend and landlord, Joe Amorello ( A.F. Amorello & Sons, Inc.) let us use a piece of his property in a nice off-road location to

dig the trench. I secured an excavator from my friend Mark Langevin (owner of Phoenix Communications in Shrewsbury), and my brother Craig Koumbis (at National Trench Safety) made arrangements to get a trench box and some other samples of shoring equipment out to the site for demonstration purposes. Of course, Badger made the Hydro-Excavator and an operator available, and we were ready to go for the week of October 18.” So, on a beautiful fall morning in New England, a group of 14 Firefighters from the Worcester Fire Department were all business as they listened intently to instructions given by firefighter Nathan (Nate) Schirner assigned to Worcester Fire’s Rescue Company 1, Nate is a Technical Rescue Trainer for WFD’s Special Operations Team. Today his job was to instruct this group of firefighters on how to respond to an emergency call for a person trapped in a trench. Having just been taken out of the impressive Special Ops Emergency Response Trailer Unit, all kinds of specialty equipment was laid out in front of the crew. Nate went through the need for, and the continued on page 55

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evaluate a CMMS,” says Kane. That evaluation should hinge on relatively straightforward ROI calculations and not just the sticker price of the software, he adds. Spending 10 percent or more of overall revenue on equipment maintenance is common among construction companies that do not have maintenance software. Follow-on costs of unplanned downtime, jobsite disruptions, and replacement equipment add to that. Est. 1926 “Getting that KPI to five percent or lower is common for companies that adopt maintenance software,” says Kane. “In that scenario, a $10-million company that goes from 10 percent to five percent could save $500,000 per year, making the cost of the Insurance & Bonding Professionals software itself seem extremely minimal.” Company culture and comfort level with technolLou Tonry | Commercial Insurance ogy should also be considered. Succeeding tends to Kris Bibbo | Personal Insurance not be as simple as buying software and handing out Kristin Erickson | Bonds tablets. Contractors that get the best and the fastest ROI are the ones that adjust maintenance processes BRAINTREE to optimize the software and commit to a more proac150 Grossman Drive Suite 200 tive, data-driven culture. The good news is, good apBraintree, MA 02184 plications are user friendly, even for employees that (617) 773-9200 are not especially adept with computers or technology. Proud A software system for maintenance management LEXINGTON UCANE Member since 1954 238 Bedford Street might seem overwhelming but, as with a piece of Lexington, MA 02420 equipment itself, contractors do not need to use every (781) 861-1800 TONRY.COM feature right away to justify it. Automation of preventive maintenance is a great place to start. Once maintenance intervals and requirements are entered, the software system can trigger work orders. Contractors can then bring KPI and warranty tracking, parts inventory management, mechanic payroll integration, and other software capabilities online over time and as required. Communication across workflows is another benefit of a CMMS Call Your Nearest GENALCO Warehouse that tends to be overlooked. Managing maintenance processes with For These Supplies HYDRAULIC GRADE 8 STROBE LIGHTS software opens up opportunities for OIL NUTS & BOLTS WEATHER CAPS online collaboration and visibility AIR CLEANERS that are impossible when that inGREASE FITTINGS BUCKET TEETH formation is on paper or in a mainHYDRAULIC HOSE BUCKET LIPS tenance manager’s head. Repair EQUIPMENT PAINT requests, for example, can be reBUCKETS ceived directly from a field tracking CUTTING EDGES CHAIN application, and managers in the SLINGS field can track the status of those BACKUP BELLS AIR, OIL & FUEL AND ALARMS repairs to better plan how they can FILTERS EXTREME ROTARY PRESSURE GREASE ASPHALT CUTTERS utilize the equipment. Equipment inspections completed with electronGENALCO inc. 1-877-436-2526 70 years of service to New England Industry ic forms can deliver data directly to www.genalco.com the maintenance software. SchedNeedham Heights, MA Springfield, MA West Haven, CT Warwick, RI FAX 781-449-6643 FAX 413-781-3771 FAX 203-934-2580 FAX 401-736-9769 ulers and dispatchers can see the

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Although a couple of residents took to the auditorium’s microphones to express concern about the cost of the massive infrastructure project — which some have compared in scale to bringing electricity to town in the early 20th century — many more voiced strong support for a project they argued is long overdue. “We cannot wait,” said Rick Bishop, executive director of Friends of Bass River. “There are parts of Bass River that are so ill because of nitrogen that Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries has prohibited shellfishing and fishing. It is absolutely a disaster.” Bishop said Friends of Bass River partnered with the Center for Coastal Studies and Stonehill College in 2020 to start a water-quality sampling program. “I can tell you absolutely the nitrogen problem has not improved — it is incrementally increasing every year, and we must work on this today,” he said to a thunder of applause. Article 4 approved the creation of a wastewater enterprise fund that will segregate sewer-related revenues and expenses from the town’s general fund. Article 5 approved the appropriation and transfer of $1.65 million — funds taken from short-term rental revenue, septage host fees, free cash and septage betterment payments — to the wastewater enterprise fund created with the passage of Article 4. Article 6 authorized the town to borrow $4.5 million to pay for the design, engineering and permitting of a sewage treatment plant at 99 Buck Island Road, as well as bid and project management services recontinued on page 66

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grounds were. Eight of these estimators started out in the field as an apprentice, got promoted from there to journeyman, and then to foreman. And then eventually the company asked if they wanted to come into the office as an assistant estimator. Now, they are all full-charge commercial electrical contractor estimators, each bidding and pricing over $25 million worth of jobs yearly. Who says field workers don’t have potential to become leaders? All it takes is a company culture of training and promoting from within.

Your Future Leaders Work for You Now! On the other side of the coin, a few of my clients work hard to build and develop future leaders. They have designed step-by-step company wide programs to encourage their current leaders, foreman, supervisors, and managers to train and promote people who continued on page 69

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