Selectmen appoint Janet Maguire as new rec directorBy Mike Berger
The Board of Selectmen has appointed Canton resident Janet Maguire as the town’s new recreation director. Maguire, the lone local candidate, was chosen over three other applicants, although selectmen agreed that all four were strong and worthy candidates.
The vote to appoint Maguire was unanimous at 4-0, with Selectman Victor Del Vecchio absent from the meeting. Chairman John Connolly said Del Vecchio had indicated his support for Maguire prior to the meeting. Maguire is expected to start as soon as her contract is finalized.
A former director of club sports at Bridgewater State University, Maguire coaches youth sports and also serves as the coordinator of the Canton Women’s Softball League. Selectmen said they were impressed with her energy and enthusiasm, as well as her knowledge of the town, record of community involvement, and an action plan for the Recreation Department that she had provided to selectmen during the interview process. “Janet will hit the ground running,” said Connolly.
Selectmen and Town Administrator Bill Friel took time out to thank Jody Middleton, the town’s human resource director, Town Accountant Kathy Butters, Recreation Supervisor Brian Kiley, and Recreation Commissioner Larry Bogue in keeping the department running until the position was filled.
In another piece of major news, selectmen announced a verbal agreement between the town, the state office of Dam Safety and the Napleton Company on a repair plan for the Reservoir Pond dam.
A work permit to fix the dam could be issued by the state in the next few weeks. Selectmen on Tuesday met Jim D’Amico, owner of J. D’Amico Inc, the dam contractor. A Canton resident, D’Amico said he takes an active interest in the dam and is excited about the project. He hopes to begin work there in the next 30 days. He estimated that the project will take six weeks to complete.
Although final details have yet to be worked out, it is expected that Pleasant Street will be closed to through traffic for about two weeks during the construction period. Once the dam is repaired, it may take a few weeks to a month before the full water level is restored. Once the dam repairs are made and inspected, the town will assume full ownership of Reservoir Pond.
In other news:
* Selectmen approved the transfer of an all-alcohol license, common victualler permit, entertainment license, and Sunday entertainment/amusement license from Rosario’s Restaurant Group, owned by Jeff O’Brien and Jeff Wilson, to the Junction Bar & Grille at 601 Neponset Street.
Rosario’s had been operating in Canton for more than 50 years and moved to 601 Neponset Street four years ago. New owner Enrico Coppola, who has managed the Stockyard in Brighton for 11 years, said he will change the menu to more of a pub fare with some Italian food. Hours will stay the same, and those staff members of Rosario’s who wish to stay will be interviewed for a position.
* Selectmen announced that the leaf and yard waste facility on Pine Street will reopen on Monday, April 2. Annual permits can be purchased on site and at the DPW office at Town Hall.
* Selectmen will next meet on Tuesday, April 10.
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