Selectmen okay temporary solution for Reservoir dam

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Selectmen hope to raise the level of Reservoir Pond in the coming weeks with the assistance of the DPW and a private engineering firm.

The work will cost approximately $20,000 and selectmen authorized the expenditure from one of their mitigation accounts. The DPW will perform the work to save the town additional costs. The project should take about three weeks to complete.

The DPW recently notified selectmen of leaks in the dam and an examination by Stephens Associates Consulting Engineers determined that there was seepage causing sinkholes and entering the spillway culverts.

Bob Stephens of Stephens Associates told selectmen that he would build a temporary cofferdam to divert water, and with the cofferdam in place, the water can be raised two feet from its present level (142 ft.) so that the pond can be used for spring, summer and fall activities.

Selectmen are hoping that a long-term debt capital item will be approved at the May town meeting and are in discussions with the dam’s former owner, Canton Holdings (Napleton), regarding repairs that were made prior to the town acquisition of the reservoir in 2012.

In other news Tuesday night:

* Paul Mitcheroney and George Comeau of the Canton Historical Society presented a $20,000 check to the town to help pay for a consultant to study the feasibility of operating a museum and destination restaurant at the Paul Revere Heritage Site. The funds were collected through various donations — including a $10,000 matching gift from a resident and a contribution from the Simoni Foundation — as well through the sale of engraved slates that came from the roof of the 1845 Revere barn. The limited edition slates are still available for purchase at cantonhistorical.org.

* Town Administrator Charlie Aspinwall announced that Elizabeth Francis has accepted the job as Canton’s new recreation director and she will begin on April 28.

* Selectmen approved an all-alcohol license for a restaurant inside the new Hilton Garden Inn to be built at 110 Royall Street. With the license in hand, Howard Neff, senior vice president of Boston Mutual, which owns the hotel land, said construction of the 138-room hotel will begin in June with a projected opening in …

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