WILMINGTON, MA — Here are five (more) things that happened at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting.
#1) Chairwoman Judy O’Connell read the Board of Selectmen’s letter to residents that will appear in the Town’s Annual Report. The letter discusses the town’s accomplishments during 2014. O’Connell highlighted the construction of the new Wilmington High School; the project planned for 9 Cross Street (former Yentile Farm property); the anticipated purchase of the Ristuccia Arena; and the town’s opposition to current Kinder Morgan gas pipeline routes. O’Connell also noted several positive economic indicators i town, including the opening of several new businesses, such as Target, Red Heat Tavern and Tremezzo. “In 2014, Wilmington sustained its level of services; increased capital reserves; and improved the quality of life for its residents and businesses,” noted O’Connell.
#2 Town Manager Jeff Hull discussed the five Town Meeting warrant articles that involve the sale of town-owned land. Hull noted that the land associated with Article 36 (Butters Farm) and Article 48 (off of 129, behind the 99) has been deemed surplus to the town’s needs and will be able to voted on at Town Meeting. The land associated with Articles 44-46 (Walnut Street/Poplar Street area), however, was not deemed surplus and cannot be voted on at Town Meeting.
#3) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the renewal of a secondhand dealer’s license for Robert P. Flaherty Jeweler, Inc.
#4) Chairwoman Judy O’Connell encouraged residents of the 9 Cross Street Recreational Facility Design Presentation on Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. “We will have the entire team there. They will give a very detailed presentation. Everyone will be informed of pricing and components, with 3D renderings,” said O’Connell. This will be the last public forum before residents will be asked at May’s Town Meeting to fund the creation of a recreational facility. O’Connell also thanked Town Manager Jeff Hull and Assistant Town Manager Kendra Amaral for their assistance with the project.
#5) In response to a question from Selectman Mike McCoy, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the town budgeted for $550,000 for snow & ice removal, but has incurred estimated costs in the area of $1.2 million. As in years past, Hull will look to make transfers from lines within the general government budget to the snow & ice removal line during the budget vote at Annual Town Meeting to cover the deficit.
Watch the 60-minute meeting below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television.