WATERFORD — The highway department is back at full strength. The Select Board on Monday appointed James Hayes as the road foreman and Doug Stewart as a crew member. Hayes, who had been serving as the interim road foreman since his predecessor Lisle Houghton resigned in May, was the only applicant. Members of the Select Board were confident in Hayes’ ability to run the department and were relieved to be done with the hiring process. “It allows us to start focusing on the other big things, like the ARPA funds and the other items that the town really needs to get working on. We’re excited to have a full crew again,” said Selectman Michael Barrett.