Teague Drive Bridge Closure effective 6/5/2013
The DPW has closed the bridge/culvert on Teague Dr between the intersection of Pawtucket Land and Parker Circle. This bridge had been previously reduced to a one lane bridge. It has deterioriated to the point that a permanent closure was executed as directed to this department through the Engineering Department and the State of NH DOT.
This is a "Hard Closure" and will remain in effect for an undetermined amount of time.
Mailbox Repair Policy
The Town of Salem, New Hampshire’s Mailbox Repair Policy for the repair of mailboxes and/or posts that are damaged from the Town’s snow removal effort is as follows:
A. DPW, after notification by the resident, will immediately initiate a work order to investigate the complaint.
B. DPW will, as soon as practical, dispatch an employee to assess and, if determined to be caused by Town operations, authorized the necessary repairs.
C. If, in the opinion of the DPW, the existing box/post is beyond repair to accept normal delivery it will be replaced with a standard white or black mailbox and a 4X4 wood pressure treated post supplied by the Town. Should it be impossible, due to ground conditions, to install a new ground post at this time, a temporary repair will be attempted so as the residence will be able to receive mail until spring. A DPW tag with a note will be attached to the temporary repair that explains that we will be back at a later date to make the permanent repairs.
This policy in no way is meant that the Town of Salem, NH accepts responsibility for damage within it’s ROW as stated in RSA 231:92-a nor does it imply that the Town accepts responsibility for interruption in mail service for any length of time until a repair temporary or permanent can be made.
This policy outlines the Department’s intent to maintain good public relations with the residents in the community even though state RSA exempts the Town for damage within their ROW’s.
As approved by the Salem Board of Selectmen
Our Mission StatementThe Department of Public Works will provide support to the citizens of Salem through the safe operation, proper maintenance, and future development of highways, supporting infrastructure, cemeteries, facilities, recreational parks, utilities and waste services in a manner that is cost conscious without sacrificing quality.
This mission statement is intended to support the department's goals by looking into ourselves and determining where we will be in the future. By following our mission statement and achieving our goals we will be able to evaluate our performance, accountability, and effectiveness and determine where we are today and how we should respond in the future to the increased demand in the volume of services.
The Department of Public Works is a year-round, 24 hour a day operation. The DPW is comprised of Highway, Fleet, Parks & Properties, Cemeteries, Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Divisions with 38 employees. Public Works is considered the "nucleus" of every Town. Salem Public Works has a group of talented employees who are dedicated to their job, their performance and the residents of Salem.
Contact the Public Works main phone number at 890-2150, fax 890-3882. Hours of operation are 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. (24 hr voice mail) Emergencies may be reported other times by contacting the Fire Department business line at 890-2200.
The Town of Salem maintains 210.5 miles of roads. Please call us at 890-2150 to report potholes, catch basin problems, street signs missing, tree or tree limbs down in road, icy roads, or drainage problems.
To report a street light out call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.
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