In the News
Service to Municipalities is a Hallmark of FST
June 12, 2015
Throughout its long history, FST has provided design, engineering, planning and consulting advice and service to municipalities all across the Northeastern United States. Recent examples include asset and pavement management assistance to the Cape Cod town of Mashpee, water supply improvements for the City of Gloucester, a new bicycle and walking trail for the town of Tewksbury, traffic calming in the picturesque New Hampshire town of Dublin, and stormwater management of the Long Creek Watershed in South Portland, Maine.
The Town of Mashpee unanimously endorsed FST’s recommendation to “more aggressively” fund its pavement management program. The goal is to proactively address the town’s road surfaces for slightly more money now to ensure that roads don’t deteriorate and require a far more expensive reactive approach later on. Selectman Andrew Gottlieb put it this way: “It’s essentially pay me now or pay me a hell of a lot more later,” he said.
(In the photo above, FST’s Andrew Johnston speaks on Resiliency at the 2015 Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Conference.)
FST’s work in Gloucester helped the city’s public drinking water supply system earn a regional award from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection at a ceremony during national Water Week in May 2015. Gloucester’s Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Public Works Director Michael Hale and Environmental Engineer Larry Durkin each acknowledged FST’s contribution to the system’s turnaround.
For the Town of Tewksbury, FST is guiding the community as it moves toward a new rail trail. According to the Tewksbury Town Crier, FST’s presentation “was warmly received by the Tewksbury residents who filled the large conference room in the Tewksbury Memorial High School.” In May 2015, the town approved a request for $45,000 for a title search of the property that will help pave the way.
(In the photo above, FST’s Jen Ducey (left) and Aleece D'Onofrio (right) meet the public as part of Town of Tewksbury Feasibility Study)
A New Hampshire American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award Winner, FST’s traffic calming project in Dublin earned high praise from an official in a similar Granite State community. The chairperson of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission cited the Dublin result as “a good example of successful traffic calming and might be a good model for Moultonborough.”
For its work on the Long Creek Restoration project for the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD), FST’s South Portland office earned Contractor of the Year honors from the CCSWCD. The result improved the overall Long Creek Watershed water quality after it had been impaired due to extensive development in the Maine Mall area.
Gloucester Water Supply & Treatment Improvements:
Long Creek Watershed Stormwater Management: