By Beth David, Editor
The Acushnet Department of Public Works has been busy with a facelift for the Lake Street recreation area. The work should be done in about a week.
Gravel has replaced the dirt areas along the roadway where the little beach is, a favorite spot for fishing. The old metal guard rails have been taken down, but wooden guard rails will replace them. And new rip-rap has been placed on the north and south sides.
The parking areas at all three spots along Lake Street have been graded, and fresh, new mulch has been spread in some areas.
Although a sign says that wading is not permitted due to polluted water, the area is still a favorite spot to watch the water and the birds, to fish (catch and release only), and take a hike in the woods.
At its meeting on Tuesday, 4/18, the Selectboard sang the praises of Water/Sewer/Highway Superintendent Dan Menard who has spearheaded the project.
“It looks great,” said Town Administrator Brian Noble, adding that he will put pictures on the town website soon.
Mr. Noble told the board that it did not take long for him to become a “supporter” and a “fan” of Mr. Menard.
Mr. Noble said he believed that Mr. Menard’s variety of skills and the way he runs the DPW have saved the town at least $100,000 in just the last few months.
Selectboard chairperson Kevin Gaspar insisted that it was much more over the years. He said that with the hiring of two maintenance workers and other personnel changes, the Selectboard had helped save the town millions.
Mr. Noble said he was impressed with the way the DPW was run, including the high morale of employees and the cleanliness of the town barn.
“I’ve never seen a more organized DPW,” said Mr. Noble.
Mr. Gaspar agreed, saying that the credit should go to Mr. Menard for being a good leader, but also to having workers who are “willing to do the job.” •••
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