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FRAMINGHAM – The assistant director of the City of Framingham’s water/wastewater department was promoted to the director of the department in October 2020.

Director Stephen Leone is replacing James Barsanti, who retired in 2020.

The City of Framingham never announced his retirement with a press release. The Spicer administration announced the retirement of the highway director from the DPW division, with a press release in 2020.

The administration also never announced the hiring of a new water/wastewater director. But the Spicer administration did not announce the hiring of a new highway/sanitation director, either with a release.

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The City of Framingham posted the director of water/wastewater position on September 21, 2020.

SOURCE inquired about the position earlier this month to the city’s Human Resource Director, who responded today, April 21.

“Steve Leone was promoted into the Water Wastewater Director position.  His starting salary is $111,000.  He started in the position on 10/19/2021 (sic 2020).  I believe he was the only applicant but I will verify next week,” wrote City of Framingham Human Resources Director Dolores Hamilton to SOURCE tonight, April 21 at 8:44.

The salary range for the director posted last September was $97,482 to $111,500.

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The director “performs highly responsible management of all functions of the Water and Wastewater departments in order to provide a potable and reliable water supply for residential and commercial uses as well as fire suppression and the collection and transport of wastewater to the MWRA in conformance with applicable federal and state regulations, according to the September 21 job posting.

The Director supervises 52 full-time employees and four seasonal employees.

The job posting said applicants should have “Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Engineering, Public Administration or a related field; five to seven years related work experience; five (5) of which is in a progressively responsible supervisory position; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Driver’s License required; MA Drinking Water Grade 4D license or the ability to obtain within one year; collections system certificate Grade IV, and Massachusetts Certified Public.”

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The City’s wastewater division is responsible for the collection and transport of 10 million gallons of sewerage daily. There are 17,000 residential and commercial accounts within the community.

The City’s collection system consists of:

  • 226 miles of gravity mains
  • 18 miles of force mains
  • 51 pumping stations
  • 6,600 manholes
  • Over 40 miles of cross-country sewer-line easements

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The City’s water division is responsible for distribution of a public potable water supply through a complex system of pumps, pipes, valves, and reservoirs as well as the fire suppression service to the 17,000 residential and commercial accounts.

The City mainatains:

  • 250 miles of pipe
  • 17,000 service connections
  • 2,000 hydrants
  • 4,800 gate valves
  • 22,000 meters

The City has four pumping stations, two booster stations and six above ground water tanks, with a storage capacity of almost 9 million gallons of water.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.