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Frequently Asked Questions
Park and Highway
Trees Management
Tree Management

Why won’t the Town plant trees in the utility strip?

Trees need more soil for root development than is available in a utility strip. Planting trees in utility strips would also increase the likelihood of damage by vehicles. Trees actually provide better shade when set back from the road.

Why won’t the Town trim tree limbs near the wires outside my house?

The Municipal Light Plant (MLP) trims tree limbs obstructing electric lines. However, neither the MLP nor the Town is responsible for cable or telephone lines. The phone and cable companies are private firms. Questions regarding phone and cable wires should be directed to the appropriate company.

Who should I contact about having a tree pruned or removed, if the tree is on Town property?

Call Michael T. Quinn, Deputy Tree Warden at 235-7600, x3331 or email him at

What is being done about the weeds in Morses Pond?

The Town harvests the weeds in Morses Pond. The harvesting is performed from June 1 to mid-September every year.

I live on a private way. Does the DPW plow my street? How do I arrange for the Town to fix potholes on my street?

The DPW does plow private ways. In addition, the DPW is authorized (by Town of Wellesley Bylaw Article 29.11) to make minor repairs to private ways, such as filling in potholes and depressions. See Information for Repairs to Private Ways A petition must be signed by a majority of the abutters to the private way requesting a repair. A petition form can be attained by contacting the Park & Highway Division or the office of the Town Engineer. A private way must be open to public use for at least two years to be eligible for repair by the DPW. Any repair to a private way is subject to available funding and other DPW workload considerations.

Why was my street chip sealed?

The Town maintains roads according to its comprehensive resurfacing program. This program includes the use of many different types of surfacing products, in addition to other maintenance services, in order to prolong the life of a road. Highway departments across the board recognize chip sealing as the most cost-effective road maintenance method when the road base and profile are in good condition. Chip sealing does as its name describes; it seals the road surface to retard deterioration for 3-10 years.

Resurfacing (sometimes called "hot topping") is performed if the profile of the road surface is poor. It may include grinding the existing road surface before new asphalt is applied.

If the road's base, or sub-base is damaged, reconstruction may be required. This includes removing all of the existing asphalt and rebuilding the underlying layers that support the road surface.

Chip sealing also provides superior resistance to skidding, which is helpful during New England winters.

I have a catch basin on my property. It does not belong to the Town. How do I get it cleaned?

Many private companies will clean catch basins on private property. Check the Yellow Pages for the phone number of a local firm. If you have difficulty finding a company to do the work, contact the Park & Highway Division. Someone there will help you find an appropriate company.

Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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