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Current Events & Additional Information:

Pruning tree limbs away from power lines - This notice is to inform you that NStar has contracted with Lucas Tree Experts to do pruning work in Lexington from now until the end of May 2013. For pruning questions, contact Chris Filadoro, Public Grounds Superintendent, at 781-274-8355 or Chris Fallon, NStar Arborist, at 781-441-3837(posted 4/11/12)
 

Winter Moth Information 2012:  (posted 12/11/12)

This past winter was atypically warm, but most nights were below freezing temperatures.

Researchers at UMass Amherst speculate that winter moth eggs could hatch as early as the third week of March, when the host trees could still have very tight buds so the caterpillars could not enter, feed and cause damage.

Winter moth eggs become powdery-blue as the embryo develops, and turn very deep blue-black just before hatching.

Conditions will vary because of the localized climate effects on both winter moth eggs and host plants.
 

After July 15, 2012, there will be new Jewish plots available for purchase at the Westview Cemetery.  For more information please contact the Westview Cemetery @ 781-861-2718. (posted 6/4/12)

Lexington is named Tree City for 20th year by Arbor Day Foundation
 

Cemetery Rates, Fees & Regulations
 

Tree Management Manual  

Public Grounds

Contact Information

Parks, Forestry and Cemetery Divisions and Streetlights

Christopher Filadoro, Public Grounds Superintendent, Tree Warden
Samuel Hadley Public Services Building
201 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 781-274-8300
Fax: 781-274-8385
Street Light Outage: 781-274-8388
Emergency: 781-862-1618  (please use when office is closed)


Westview Cemetery
Dennis Mazonne, Cemetery Foreman
Jennifer Liu-Beyer, Cemetery Clerk
Postal Address: Westview Cemetery, 520 Bedford St., Lexington, MA 02420 (at Bedford Town line)

Cemetery Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cemetery Phone: 781-861-2718
Cemetery Fax: 781-860-7006


Description of Services

The Public Grounds Division includes the Park, Forestry and Cemetery subdivisions:

Park Division:

  • Maintains approximately 630 acres of town land.
  • Maintains athletic fields, hard courts, historic sites, playgrounds, the pool and reservoir complexes, the bike path, public grounds areas, and conservation areas.
  • Responsibilities include mowing, turf maintenance, landscape maintenance, trash pickup, site amenity maintenance, building maintenance, athletic field maintenance, playground maintenance, pool maintenance, equipment maintenance and athletic equipment maintenance.
  • Assists with Town special events including Patriot's Day and parades.
  • Assists with snow clearing operations.

Forestry Division:

  • Maintains approximately 15,000 street trees and numerous trees on public grounds, historic sites, conservation areas, and park areas.
  • Responsibilities include tree removal, tree pruning, tree planting, and general tree care maintenance.  Works with the Tree Committee to identify locations for new trees.
  • Enforces the Town's Tree Bylaw.
  • Inspects trees for hazards and for determination of ownership.
  • Assists with Town special events.
  • Performs streetlight inspection and maintenance.
  • Assists with snow clearing operations.

Cemetery Division:

  • Responsible for the maintenance and administration of four cemeteries (Westview, Munroe, Ye Old Burial Ground, and Robbins) totaling approximately 31 acres. 
  • Responsible for the sale of graves, record keeping, burials and stone installations.
  • Responsible for mowing, turf maintenance, equipment maintenance, landscape maintenance and building maintenance.
  • Assists with snow clearing operations.

Street Lights:

  • A Call Center at the DPW operations receives requests 24 hours a day. The phone number is (781) 274-8388. Calls are inspected and repaired in the order in which they are received by date and/or whether or not the call is emergency in nature.
  • The Forestry Division Staff performs the initial inspection and then repairs bulbs and sensors. The average time to inspect an outage once it is called into the Call Center is 2-3 weeks.
  • A publicly-bid licensed electrical contractor repairs all other electrical and structural problems. The contractor response time is an additional 2-3 weeks after the inspection by Town Staff.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Invest in the infrastructure of athletic fields to improve the quality of each facility while reducing scheduled maintenance costs.
  • Maintain the landscapes at each of the Town's park and recreational facilities to provide a consistent appearance without visible signs of deterioration.
  • Prevent vandalism from detracting from the quality of maintenance and facility appearance.
  • Ensure the Public Grounds maintenance agenda accurately reflects the needs of its customers.
  • Reduce the liability of the Town by identifying and significantly reducing any existing hazardous public shade tree that could threaten the public and/or private property, pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
  • Resolve resident and interdepartmental tree requests in a timely fashion.
  • Increase the health of the community's forest resource through proper maintenance practices that promote the establishment of new plantings and the longevity and value of existing mature trees.
  • Promote and support education/community outreach, citizen committees and volunteers.
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