Staff Spotlight: Penfield DPW completes record number of projects in 2023

The Town of Penfield Staff Spotlight typically recognizes an individual or small group, however, this month’s spotlight highlights the work of the entire Penfield Department of Public Works. In 2023, the DPW completed a record number of projects, all of which benefit those who live, work, and travel in Penfield.

“We have such an amazing group of employees at our DPW,” said Supervisor Debbie Drawe. “The work of this group was on full display this year as we completed a record number of projects. I want to thank everyone at the DPW for a successful year.”

Roughly 50 men and women make up the Penfield DPW. While the work they do may often go unnoticed, their daily contributions keep the community running smoothly. Below are several highlight accomplishments for 2023.

Road resurfacing and repairs

Crews resurfaced just shy of five miles of roadway throughout the Town of Penfield:
  • 0.75 miles of NovaChip paving (Five Mile Line Road)
  • 2.35 miles of warm mix asphalt paving (Five Mile Line Road & Whalen Road)
  • 1.64 miles of hot mix asphalt paving (Beacon Hills neighborhood)
Additional infrastructure was improved as well with the following projects:
  • 96 deteriorated catch basins replaced with new precast structures
  • 865 LF of concrete gutters replaced
  • 933 LF of concrete sidewalks installed
Sewer maintenance and improvements
  • 5,673 LF or 1.07 miles of storm sewer mains flushed
  • 7,238 LF or 1.37 miles of sewer laterals flushed
  • 63,112 LF or 11.95 miles of sewers televised and inspected
Other projects
  • 3,515 utility stakeouts completed
  • 814 streetlights replaced/upgraded to new LED fixtures
  • Town Hall landscaping and interior improvements
  • Shadow Pines clean up and beautification
  • Installation of new holiday decorations and Christmas Tree in Four Corners District
  • Hosted DPW open house in October 2023
Finally, and most importantly, despite the busy schedule, safety remained a top priority for the DPW. In 2023, there was no lost time for the on-the-job accidents.

“What a year for our crews,” said DPW Director Eric Tait. “Not only did we complete a record number of projects, but we also did it safely. I am fortunate to lead this group and look forward to another successful year in 2024.”