Infrastructure Action Items

Examples of a community's infrastructure include: roads, bridges, power lines, communications, buildings, drinking water, and wastewater treatment.

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* 1. Prioritize each of the following energy infrastructure action items as High, Medium, Low, or unsure

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Unsure
Conduct proactive tree maintenance near power lines.
Work with National Grid to improve communication with the Town regarding restoration of power.
Pursue additional energy reduction, efficiency and electrification options at Town buildings; explore solar PV combined with battery storage and a solar-powered micro-grid in the Town center.

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* 2. Prioritize each of the following communication infrastructure actions as High, Medium, Low, or Unsure

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Unsure
Encourage MA DCR to proceed with permitting the new tower on Mt. Grace to include AT&T FirstNet and civilian cell capacity.
Conduct proactive tree maintenance around communication towers.
Work with the Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) to develop a back-up communication plan and conduct a drill to test a situation where the Mt. Grace tower is out.
Develop a back-up communication network and plan for Town communications.
Deploy civilian cell service in town as part of the AT&T FirstNet tower build on Mt. Grace; Improve the Warwick broadband network to be more dependable
Create neighborhood communication hubs where residents with back-up power and/or redundant phone service can serve as a resource during emergencies.
Educate Town departments and boards about the new Code Red reverse call notification system. Periodically remind and encourage residents to sign up.

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* 3. Prioritize each of the following road infrastructure actions as High, Medium, Low, or Unsure

  High Priority  Medium Priority Low Priority Unsure
Maintain existing drainage infrastructure. Assess areas prone to washout for possible drainage improvements to protect the road and improve water quality in roadside streams; prioritize areas where washouts would isolate residents.
Apply for funding to redesign the Route 78 culvert, taking into account climate projections.
Inventory, assess, and prioritize culverts in town; utilize right-sizing protocol for drainage culverts that do not cross a perennial stream (currently in pilot phase). Seek to meet the MA Stream Crossing Standards when replacing culverts at streams to promote fish and wildlife movement and flood resiliency.
Assess and design drainage improvements along Northfield Road to incorporate into an upcoming re-paving project.
Assess upstream areas for land conservation and management strategies to slow floodwater and reduce the amount of debris carried downstream (see also Environment actions)

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* 4. Prioritize the following water and fire infrastructure actions as High, Medium, Low, or Unsure

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Unsure
Develop a winter road maintenance plan with more environmentally friendly alternatives to road salt to help protect roadside drinking water wells.
Monitor dams in town; conduct outreach to landowners on options for mitigating risks including resources for removing dams.
Inventory beaver damage locations. Evaluate areas of impacts and discuss mitigation options with Massachusetts Fish and Game.
Maintain access to surface water sources for fire trucks and enhance connections with dry hydrants; maintain mutual aid agreements with neighboring towns.
Consider rainwater harvesting and storage potential at public buildings as another water source for fire fighting in the Town center.
Conduct a Green Infrastructure assessment at the Warwick Community School to identify rooftop runoff solutions such as swales and rain gardens; explore rainwater harvesting and storage for use in landscaping, gardening, or for firefighting.
Coordinate with landowners and foresters when harvests are being planned in order to improve fire access roads to forested areas.
Continue strong relationships with MA DCR Forest Fire Control; take advantage of trainings for local firefighters to build local capacity.
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