Del Vecchio: Thank You Canton

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Dear fellow Canton residents:

Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to write and thank the community for its support and warm wishes recently and in the past. Losing is never easy, but I am comforted in knowing that we ran a positive campaign that emphasized the strength of our community.

I remember vividly holding my infant son Nick (now a young man of 31) at town meeting in 1986, representing the Personnel Board at the time. That was the beginning of my involvement with public service in Canton. That experience morphed over the years into active town meeting participation, seven years on the Planning Board and 15 years on the Board of Selectmen. I enjoyed every minute and have no complaints.

I am proud that I played a role, along with other town leaders and employees, in a number of community accomplishments. In addition to our extraordinary fiscal condition, these include:

* The Paul Revere Heritage Site revitalization

* Infrastructure roadway improvements, mitigation revenues and reduced project density from developers and utilities, such as Westwood Station, Plymouth Rubber, NSTAR, Brightview and Barletta

* New senior center and renovated Town Hall, DPW garage, police station and fire station without tax overrides

* The Community Preservation Act

* A revitalized downtown center with underground utility wiring and mixed-use zoning changes

* Five-member (increasing from three-member) Board of Selectmen

* Improved and expanded playing fields for Canton’s youth, including artificial turf at the high school

* The then-largest “solar park” in New England, improved town energy efficiency, LED street lighting, and enhanced rubbish/single-stream recycling

* The elimination of 40B affordable housing threats in Canton for over a decade

We were able to achieve these and other milestones by working together in a non-partisan, constructive manner. I’ll never forget your help and guidance in making these goals a reality. And I have confidence that together we as a community will continue to do bigger and better things.

I look forward to the next adventure, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

All the best,

Vic Del Vecchio

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