WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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a packed surface for sleighs. The commissioners were paid for their time and for the horses and crew. As automobiles became increasingly common in the early 20th cen- tury, roads were improved and finished with macadam, a hard gravel surface formed by compacting crushed stones and binding them with a bituminous material. The town purchased its first snowplow in 1895 and seven more by 1908. They were housed in a small vehicle storage shed on Golden Ball Road. In 1913, Weston changed to an elected Board of Road Commissioners, and Percy Warren was appointed the first superintendent of streets. The department had no central headquarters until 1953, when a new cement block municipal garage was built. It was enlarged in 1964 and replaced in 2010 by the present building. At the turn of the last century, residents got their water from private wells or one of several private water companies. In 1920, voters debated over whether to purchase the Weston Water Company, a pri- vate organization that had been supplying water to parts of the town since 1896. Opponents argued that if the town went into the business of supplying some of its inhabitants with water, others would naturally demand the same service, at great expense to the town. A lengthy com- mittee report in 1920 recommended that Weston "take now the step it will undoubtedly take some day." The private Weston Water Company, located on Warren Avenue, was acquired in July 1921. With it came the services of Edmund T. Carver, who became superintendent of the new Weston Water Department and held that post until 1946. Over the next two decades, the town spent more than $400,000 improving an obsolete and inade- 86 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 left: The highway department, now part of the DPW, clears downed trees like this one of North Avenue in 1921; bottom: The private Weston Water Company was established in 1895 on Warren Avenue; background: Resident tosses trash into Weston's sanitary landfill in 1978

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