Swampscott Selectmen Challenge National Grid Over Bumpy Road

Selectmen Chairman Rich Malagrifa told a National Grid representative that the temporary patch job done on Humphrey Street can not wait until spring to be evened out.


A bumpy road led to bumpy talks last week between and a National Grid representative.

Selectmen Chairman Rich Malagrifa said temporary paving on Humphrey Street is so uneven you practically need a jeep to travel it.

Between the Lynn line and Cedar Terrace — near 7-Eleven — National Grid is installing conduit for underground electrical lines to improve electrical service.

The work started in spring. Crews work in sections, opening up a trench and filling the section at day's end and rolling asphalt over the top. Permanent paving over the sections is planned for the spring.

But Malagrifa told John Jankowski of National Grid that the surface is so uneven it needs to be attended to sooner.

"I don't think it can wait until spring," the chairman said at the July 11 meeting.

Jankowski said he would relay the board's concerns to National Grid.

"But you are here, now," Malagrifa said.

The National Grid representative said he could not respond to the problems because it is not his job.

Town Administrative Assistant Maureen Shultz said she had asked, earlier, for someone from National Grid to be at Wednesday's meeting to discuss the complaints about Humphrey — and she was assured someone would be at Wednesday's meeting to talk about it.

Board members mulled holding up approvals for another National Grid job.

In the end they asked that the utility bring a representative to address the town's concerns at the next selectmen's meeting.

This isn't the first time the town and utility have bumped heads.

Late last year and earlier this year the two sides were at odds over the length of time it takes to . 

Liz July 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Not quite the same tone National Grid had when they came before the selectman to get permission to do the job. And if that is not bad enough they leave the sites a mess, empty water bottles, coffee cups and electrical stuff..I picked up 7 empty water bottles and trash on Sunday morning at the corner of Cedar Hill and Humphrey...
William R. DiMento July 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Thank you Chairman Malagrifa. Please post on the Town website the time and date of the meeting where National Grid will be represented by a person with authority to correct the problem. National Grid,WITH A DIFFERENT CONTRACTOR, is has the same excavation underway on Lewis and Broad street in Lynn with smooth patches. Suspend their road-opening permit until they commit to correct the problem immediately.
brian condon July 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Go for it! With the sophisticated asphalt spitting machines that level and join patches, it pure sloppiness that theses temporary repairs have been put in place. No self respecting contractor would care to be associated with such poor work. Site clean up is also part of the days end routine. Hold their feet to the National Grid!! Thanks for not letting this pass.
Citizen Swamp July 17, 2012 at 09:11 AM
WRD, Question: Does the Town have a technical specification as to what condition the roads must be returned to at job completion in the Road Opening permit? Makes me more than a little concerned about the fields at Phillips Park that are to be "returned to a better than found condition" after the completion of our film project. Vague descriptions can lead to pretty large disputes. CS
William R. DiMento July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
CS--It should concern you.The does not have technical specifications for road or field repair.We must rely on theTown Administrator and the Selectmen to hold both National Grid and the movie people accountable. Stay tuned ! We need NG to admit the poor quality work and publically commit to quality patch work.


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