D’Agostino appointed head of public works in Woonsocket

D’Agostino appointed head of public works in Woonsocket

Steven D’Agostino

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has appointed Steven D’Agostino of North Smithfield as Woonsocket’s new public works director, and has confirmed that Linda Plays, who has served as the city's "acting" director of Human Services since December, will become the full time director of human services.

D’Agostino is the owner of D'Agostino Sealcoating & Striping Inc., a paving company out of North Smithfield established in 2000.

"Mr. D’Agostino brings a wealth of public works experience in construction, heavy equipment operation, road improvement and repair and snow removal, accumulated over forty years in the private sector, to the position," said Baldelli-Hunt in a release announcing the appointment.

D'Agostino will be responsible for paving, maintaining and repairing city roadways, playgrounds, parks, recreational properties and parking lots as well as assuming overall responsibility for public recreation programs. Additionally, he will be in charge of all maintenance, alteration and construction of public works projects, including City Hall.

The mayor said that management of water supply and wastewater treatment, which previously fell to the director, will be handled by department personnel with the assistance of a professional engineer on an “as needed” basis.

D'Agostino will replace Alan R. Brodd of North Smithfield who has held the position in an "acting" capacity since December.

“During my recent campaign, I repeatedly said that improving the image of Woonsocket and beautifying its streets is among my top priorities and I’m counting on a new and reinvigorated public works department to make that happen,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “Let’s clean our streets, recycle our trash, plant flowers and, by working together, restore positive pride in our city.”

Plays has served in several positions in City Hall and was previously administrative assistant to former Mayor Leo Fontaine. She has served as director of human services in an “acting” capacity since the start of the new administration.

Linda Plays