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About the Electrical Lights and Lines Division

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The Electrical Lights and Lines Division provides maintenance and repair services to the City’s electrical communication systems, lighting, utility poles, and more.

Duties of the Division include:

  • Maintain the Municipal firebox system and the private fire alarm systems to ensure compliance with City and State Regulations in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Maintain and repair citywide radio communications system in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Provide maintenance to utility poles, decorative poles, park lighting, walkways, and tunnels to support public safety.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot existing electrical systems and assist all agencies in developing new electrical systems to ensure all City and State requirements are being met.
  • Review other agencies compliance with City Standards and Local Ordinances to ensure uniformity of electrical and communication systems to maintain a safe environment.
  • Provide emergency communication services to the general public and all City agencies to support public safety outcomes.
  • Provide alternate methods of electrical power systems during commercial power outages in order to support public safety outcomes.
  • Respond to and identify the locations of various underground utilities, such as, fire alarm conduit, cables, city underground telephone system & power systems to various lighting to avoid excavation conflicts with others and ensure the safety of the general public.
Contact Information
Jill Lathan
Acting DPW Commissioner

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


(617-666-3311 outside Somerville)


1 Franey Rd.
Somerville, MA 02145
United States

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