The Reading Department of Public Works (DPW) plans, designs, operates, maintains and manages public ways, park lands,…More open space, public grounds, cemeteries, recreation programs, water distribution systems, sewer collection systems and disposing of solid waste.
The DPW also provides engineering support services and motor equipment maintenance services to town departments.
While the administration offices are at Town Hall, the DPW facility is located at 75 New Crossing Rd. Jeffrey T. Zager is the DPW director.
The North Reading Department of Public Works consists of eight divisions that oversee and maintain the towns…More infrastructure and public facilities. Those divisions include Administration; Cemetery, Parks and Grounds; Engineering; Machinery Maintenance; Road and Street; Solid Waste and Recycling; Town Buildings; and Water.
The Road and Street Division oversees and maintains the town's storm drainage system, sidewalks and 90 miles of roads. It also assists with snow removal and handles small construction projects.
The Recycling and Solid Waste Division oversees the town's curbside waste and recycling removal program. It also holds an annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day for town residents, and it maintains the town's lawn-waste disposal area at the Spindler Public Works Complex.
Along with housing the town's public works equipment, the Spindler Public Works Complex is the site of North Reading's composting center, which is open from April through December. The facility also is open Sundays in November for leaf disposal.
Wood End Cemetery 40 Franklin St, Reading, MA01867 Established in 1997 on Franklin Street, Wood End Cemetery has lots available. The cemetery is closed for half an hour…More after sunset. The cemetery is operated by the Department of Public Works' Cemetery Division and the Board of Cemetery Trustees.
Laurel Hill Cemetery 25 Lowell St, Reading, MA01867 Established in 1737 and on the National Register of Historic Places, Laurel Hill Cemetery is the town's oldest cemetery.…More The cemetery is closed for half an hour after sunset. The cemetery is operated by the Department of Public Works' Cemetery Division and the Board of Cemetery Trustees.
Reading Town Hall is located in the heart of Reading, on Lowell Street.
Most town departments are…More located in the three-floor brick building. On the lower level is the Department of Public Works, including Recreation, Engineering, Water & Sewer, Cemetery and the DPW administration offices. There is also a lower-level conference room.
On the first floor is the community services departments, including Town Clerk, Veterans Agent, Town Manager/Selectmen, Building Inspections and Zoning, Conservation, Elder & Human Services, Health, Historical Commission and Planning. There are three conference rooms on the first floor, including the Selectmen's Meeting Room and the Arnold Berger Conference Room.
The second floor features accounting and finance departments, including Assessment, Town Accountant, Technology, Human Resources, Retirement, Payroll and Treasurer.
Town government phone numbers are:
Emergency -- 911
Police, general business -- 781-944-1212
Fire, general business -- 781-944-3132
Public Works, emergency (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F) -- 781-942-9077
Public Works, emergency (nights and weekends) -- 781-944-1212
Reading Municipal Light Department -- 781-944-1340
Board of Selectmen -- 781-942-9043
Town Manager -- 781-942-9043
School Department -- 781-944-5800
Public Works -- 781-942-9077
Water/Sewer -- 781-942-9077
Engineering -- 781-942-9082
Cemetery -- 781-942-9086
Public Library -- 781-944-0840
Senior Center -- 781-942-6794
Elder/Human Services -- 781-942-6608
Public Health-- 781-942-9061
Veterans Service Officer -- 781-942-6610
Recreation -- 781-942-9075
Town Clerk/Elections -- 781-942-9050
Human Resources -- 781-942-9033
Retirement -- 781-942-9007
Treasurer -- 781-942-9005
Collector -- 781-942-9023
Assessors -- 781-942-9027
Planning -- 781-942-6610
Building -- 781-942-6613
Conservation -- 781-942-9061
Charles Lawn 180 Charles St, Reading, MA01867 Opened on Charles Street in 1992, the cemetry, Charles Lawn has lots available. The cemetery is closed for half an hour…More after sunset. The cemetery is operated by the Department of Public Works' Cemetery Division and the Board of Cemetery Trustees.
Forest Glen Cemetery Pearl St & Forest Glen Rd, Reading, MA01867 Located at Pearl Street and Forest Glen Road, the cemetery opened in 1924. The cemetery is closed for half an hour after…More sunset. The cemetery is operated by the Department of Public Works' Cemetery Division and the Board of Cemetery Trustees.
The Reading Police Department includes a detective bureau, patrol division, records office and a school resource…More officer.
The department's mission statement is, "The Reading Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety and service to the citizens and business people within the community. The members of the department are empowered to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and By-laws of the Town of Reading to ensure that the peace and tranquility of our neighborhoods are maintained and that crime and the fear of crime are reduced. We emphasize and value integrity, honesty, impartiality and professionalism from our members in order to create an environment that values differences and fosters fairness and flexibility in our mission. We encourage citizen input and interaction that will assist us in developing sound partnerships between the community and police. Working together we can protect our future and enhance the quality of life for everyone within the town."
Town Hall is located outside the town center on North Street, off Lowell Street and Route 62. It is home to many…More departments of the town government, including the town administrator, town clerk, Board of Selectmen, assessor, community planning, public works, parks and recreation, tax collector and treasurer, and zoning.
Greg Balukonis is the town administrator. Robert Mauceri is the chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Call ahead for specific hours for each department.