Central Maintenance established as new Greenfield department

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

Staff Writer

Published: 06-07-2024 3:34 PM

GREENFIELD — The Central Maintenance Department, formerly a division of the city’s Department of Public Works that handles the maintenance and construction of city-owned properties, will now operate independently as a new department.

Facilities Director Joe Pugliese, who oversees central maintenance of city-owned facilities, will serve on the department alongside Christopher Philips, Dan Cleary, Monique Rice, Steven Chevalier, Ed Reniewicz, Tyson Spenser and Dylan Otto.

Pugliese, who started in his position in June 2023, said Central Maintenance has been an integral presence in various city projects, including completion of the new Greenfield Public Library and Fire Station. Mayor Ginny Desorgher noted in a statement that Central Maintenance has played a key role in several City Hall repairs and the ongoing servicing of the new Portland Loo standalone restroom at the southeast corner of the parking lot between Chapman and Davis streets.

By separating Central Maintenance, which mainly repairs city-operated facilities, from the Department of Public Works, which directly maintains public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, Pugliese said the city will streamline the planning and decision-making processes associated with taking on larger-scale projects.

“As a subset of the DPW, there was an additional step in the process of getting funds, advising on new projects and deciding where best to allocate city resources,” Pugliese explained. “My hope and my expectation is that with Central Maintenance functioning independently we will be able to streamline these processes and more effectively communicate inter-departmentally with the directors of each individual department so that we can meet their needs and expectations in a more timely manner.”

Pugliese said he could not name any large-scale projects slated for the near future, but that the new city department will start its role in an “evaluative phase,” to ensure it functions in a way that best serves the city and its taxpayers. He thanked DPW Director Marlo Warner II for his years of service.

“During the last several years, Central Maintenance existed under the direction of the DPW Director Marlo Warner,” Pugliese said. “He has done a fantastic job thus far, and hopefully the streamlining of this process will not only make his position a little easier, but also a little more effective toward the goals of working together inter-departmentally.”

Greenfield’s existing Central Maintenance system began in 2010 under Mayor William Martin’s administration. According to Pugliese, Central Maintenance had started out as a city department, and will be returning to its original status.

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“The Central Maintenance Department is a critical fixture in our city operations,” Desorgher wrote in a statement. “I have full confidence in Facilities Director Joe Pugliese and his terrific staff to continue carrying out the upkeep of our facilities.”

Anthony Cammalleri can be reached at acammalleri@recorder.com or 413-930-4429.