STERLING – Department of Public Works Superintendent Ryan Mouradian and Conant Public Library Director Betsy Perry have quickly and quietly settled into the roles they took on last fall.
Perry brings two decades of library experience with her. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she served as the director of the Sutton Public Library, her hometown, for nine years. Prior to that she worked in several different libraries in Central Massachusetts, in positions such as electronic resources librarian and children’s librarian “and everything in between.”
She took over as director at Conant on Oct. 1 in the wake of longtime director Patricia Campbell’s retirement. Perry said she was inspired to apply for the position after visiting the library, when she “got to see how beautiful the building was and how exceptional the staff are.”
“It’s going great so far. The welcome has been amazing, ”she said.“ I got to serve at the December pancake breakfast at the senior center and introduce myself to many residents I hadn’t met yet. Everyone has been so welcoming. ”
When it comes to her goals for the library and which of them she has been able to accomplish since she started with the help of the dedicated library staff, Perry said she has “been working down my checklist since I’ve been here.”
“We’ve launched an updated website, a bimonthly newsletter that’s available in print and online, and set up an online system for program registration,” she said. past the data gathering process, where we did focus groups and a community survey. We are on the stage of analyzing what we gathered and formulating the actual plan. ”
When asked what she likes most about being the library director, Perry said she is enjoying “meeting all the community members who come into the library.”
“I love to share my favorite books with people who might not have read them yet,” she said.
Mouraidan is a lifelong Holden resident who went to elementary and middle school there before attending St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury and the University of Rhode Island. He was previously the water and sewer superintendent in Holden before applying for the position in Sterling.
“(I) felt the next step in my career was to move up to a DPW Director role,” he said. “I enjoyed my time and Holden and learned a lot, so I felt I was ready for the next step. The interview process was a bit intimidating with the interview being a part of a public DPW board meeting, but I was relieved and excited when I was offered the position. ”
He officially started on Oct. 25 and said that since then, “It has been going great.”
“I was welcomed with open arms by the employees here, and I thank them for that,” Mouraidan said. the corner, and I dove right into the budget preparation. ”
In addition to the DPW staff and board members, he said, town residents and employees have also welcomed him.
“The people in town have been very supportive, from the employees to boards and committees I have worked with,” he said. “I think I bring a different perspective to the DPW, which has been appreciated.”
Mouraidan has a long punch list when it comes to DPW objectives and how he and the hardworking crew members plan to accomplish them.
“My initial goals were to get the budget for the DPW where it needs to be and start to get the ball rolling for the projects we want to complete during this construction season,” he said. comprehensive budget for all the boards and committees to review that included substantial backup and justification for the money we requested. ”
He went on to say that their “major focus is on the roads, which we know need attention.”
“Before I started, a pavement management plan and water system master plan were created, which help to long-term budget for projects and give the townspeople an idea of what is coming in terms of construction,” Mouraidan said. to a busy and productive construction season, and looking forward to improving the infrastructure in the town of Sterling. ”