Admin/Tech Support Division's goal is to provide efficient, cost-effective and professional quality engineering services in support of capital improvement and other special projects and advice and assistance to town departments, commissions, committees,
and boards and to citizens and business interests in the Town. The Admin/Tech Support Division is divided into two main functions, the first being Support Services.
Another important aspect of the Division’s responsibilities is the
improvement and/or repair of Town marine facilities. Where marine facilities are
concerned, as much time is spent obtaining necessary environmental permits for
the work as is spent performing the work itself. Marine projects vary from pier
replacement to harbor dredging.
The condition and safety of the town’s roads and bridges is an important part of
Engineering’s responsibilities. The Division maintains a road condition
database, which is used to determine how the Town’s limited resources will be
best spent to keep the road system in the best possible condition with the funds
available. Staff engineers design repairs to town roads and bridges and oversee
the implementation of those repairs.
The Admin/Tech Support Division investigates storm water drainage problems
affecting town roads and prepares redesigns to rehabilitate failed drainage
systems or designs plans to eliminate existing problems. Known drainage problems
throughout the town have been assigned a priority ranking and as funds become
available, the repairs are contracted and constructed.
Excavations (usually utilities performing gas line installation or maintenance,
or for installation of a new driveway) within town road layouts require permits
that are issued by Engineering. In addition to issuing the permits, Engineering
also licenses the contractors who do the work and inspects the excavation
locations to insure that the contractors properly restore the road surface to
its original condition.
Excepting the Town’s schools, all town buildings fall within the realm of the
Admin/Tech Support Division. This includes working towards compliance with
handicapped accessibility requirements of both federal and state law. For major
building renovations or repairs, Engineering, in conjunction with the Structures
and Grounds Division, oversees all design and construction. The most recently
completed building construction is the new Highway Division Maintenance Garage
and the new Senior Center.
The Admin/Tech Support Division is the keeper of public facilities records.
These records include plans of streets, drainage systems, sewage collection and
treatment plans, plans of municipal buildings, waterfront facilities, parking
lots and recreation lands. To accomplish this charge, staff utilizes the mapping
and data base capabilities of a Geographic Information System and the town’s
older paper mapping and written files.
The Admin/Tech Support Division coordinates the assignment of house
identification numbers and acts as liaison with the telephone company to insure
that correct building addresses are included in the database for the E-911
Emergency Response System. Engineering also researches proposed new street names
to assure the name being proposed for a new road is sufficiently unique to avoid
confusion with existing street names. In addition, a continuous updating of the
address database is required to accommodate inclusion of new land subdivisions
and new construction. This vital service is required to permit instant
identification of all property addresses and a rapid response by the police and
fire departments to the physical locations of the telephones used to call 911.
The Division supplies technical expertise to a number of Town departments,
boards and agencies. Engineering staff reviews site, drainage and road
construction plans for conformance with established design standards as part of
the Site Plan Review process required by the Zoning By-Laws. Technical support
is provided to the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals for the review of
road and drainage design plans submitted by land developers for new
sub-divisions. Additional involvement by staff includes road and drainage
construction inspection to assure that it complies with established Planning
Board’s construction standards and the plans as approved by the Board.
The Division records and plans of land subdivision within the Town of Barnstable
are available for public review. Assistance is provided to the Assessing
Department by annually updating the Town’s Assessors Maps to reflect any changes
made in the subdivision of land within the past year, including the assignment
of assessing parcel numbers.
The Division maintains a listing of all public and private roads within the
town, as well as layouts of the town ways and many private ways.
Engineering staff works to support the Town’s Geographic Information System,
adding engineering data to the system and/or using data from the system to
design projects and to provide a variety of maps and data to staff, other
departments, and the public.
The Surveying Section of the Admin/Tech Support Division, under the
direction of the Town Surveyor, provides the Town with land and
construction surveying services. Survey is called upon to locate
boundaries on the ground for town road layouts and other town
properties. Field surveyors provide the detailed site
information needed to design projects and then provide accurate
site definition markings and elevations for the newly designed
project on the ground. There are two Computer Aided Design (CAD)
operators within the section who translate digitized field
information collected by the field survey team into detailed
plans. Due to the new CAD technology, this can be accomplished
within hours from the time the CAD operators receive the field
data. In addition, the CAD operators work with project engineers
to create two and three-dimensional drawings for new