Selectmen Finalize Town Meeting Warrant; BIG ISSUES To Be Decided On 5/2

WILMINGTON, MA — At last Monday’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen closed and signed the warrant for the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 10:30am in the brand new Wilmington High Auditorium.

There are 56 articles on this year’s warrant — 43 submitted by the Selectmen and 13 petitioned by town residents.  Each article will be discussed at the Finance Committee and Planning Board Joint Public Hearing this Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium.  (WCTV will be filming the hearing.)  The hearing provides a valuable opportunity for residents to get better informed on each article and ask questions BEFORE Town Meeting.

Highlights of the town-sponsored warrant articles include:

  • The town’s proposed $100.5 million budget
  • Vehicle requests: 5 police cruisers; 1 heavy dump truck with plower and sander for Highway Division; 1 ton dump truck with plow for Highway Division; 1 heavy duty 1 ton pickup truck for Parks and Ground Division; and 1 student transport van.
  • Liquid de-icer truck assembly for Department of Public Works
  • Convert underground fuel takes to above-ground fuel tanks at Department of Public Works
  • Replacement of chiller at Public Safety Building
  • Boiler replacement at Shawsheen Elementary
  • Partial roof replacement at Shawsheen Elementary
  • Partial roof replacement at Woburn Street School
  • Upgrade clock and intercom systems at Middle School
  • Purchase new ELA elementary curriculum program
  • Purchase new math elementary curriculum program
  • Reconstruct parking lot at Shawsheen Elementary
  • Drainage improvement project for Mass Avenue
  • Drainage improvement project for Cunningham Street
  • Replace 30-inch culvert passing under Butters Row
  • Fund a Municipal Facilities Master Plan
  • Design & construct a recreational facility at 9 Cross Street (Yentile Farm)
  • Bylaw change to allow the Yentile Farm Committee to name fields, play areas & structures at new recreational facility
  • Fund the operation of the Public Rink Enterprise (for Ristuccia Arena)
  • Demolish the Whitefield School
  • Sell the Butters Farmhouse
  • Accept the town’s newest proposed street — Lt. Buck Drive
  • Various measures to create tax relief for seniors
  • Continue the town’s Senior Tax Volunteer Program

The town posted the warrant online last week.  It’s available HERE.

Got a strong opinion on any of the articles?  Share your thoughts by emailing a letter to the editor to wilmingtonapple@gmail.com!

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