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New sweeper hits the streets.

WEST BOYLSTON - After falling behind on the annual street sweeping due to rain and a breakdown of the town's old street sweeper, the Department of Public Work crews will be working double time over the next few weeks to finish the job, Public Works Director Anthony Sylvia wrote on the town's website.

The department has been boosted by the arrival of the town's new street sweeper, which was approved at the spring town meeting.

The town had been preparing to order the sweeper in conjunction with other towns also purchasing large equipment to cut down on costs, Town Administrator Leon Gaumond Jr. said. Since the money came from the Capital Fund, and not direct taxation, the town did not have to wait until July 1 to spend the money.

"We ordered it the day after town meeting," Gaumond said

Sylvia informed residents on the town's website last week that the new street sweeper would be working longer hours to catch up.

"If you haven't already noticed, DPW has begun an extra effort to clean up our streets A.S.A.P. by sweeping Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the next two to three weeks," he wrote. "Of course we need the continued cooperation from Mother Nature, as rain would create muddy problems for the sweeper."

Sylvia also requested that property owners remove items from the street that could be damaged or simply get in the way of the sweeper, such as, parked cars, basketball hoops and trash on collection day.

"Please place trash and recyclables at the end of your driveway, and not in the road edge," he wrote.

Sylvia can be reached by email at:


CUTLINE: The town's new street sweeper has arrived and is in use.

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Date:Jun 28, 2013
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