The Superintendent advises the Planning Board in engineering and laying out roads and streets, and inspecting new subdivisions to assure quality installation of public utilities. In addition, assistance is given to the Board of Health, Water and Sewerage Board, and Selectmen in all matters pertaining to Public Works.
Highway personnel are responsible for repair, maintenance, and construction of bridges, and public ways. They also maintain public grounds, parks and recreation fields, except those under the jurisdiction of the school department. Equipment, housed and maintained at the Town Garage is also under the DPW's jurisdiction. Responsibility for purchase and maintenance of highway equipment is the Superintendent's, as is preparing bid specifications for purchasing equipment. Outside contractors may be hired for specific purposes if the Superintendent deems it necessary.