WILMINGTON, MA — Here are five things that happened at last night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting. Look for a follow-up article with five additional highlights tomorrow.
#1) The Board of Selectmen, all wearing an article of blue clothing at the meeting, praised the town’s Autism Awareness Month efforts.
“I want to commend the work of the Town Manager’s Office and Department of Public Works for lighting the Town Common up blue,” said Chair Judy O’Connell. “The lights look very, very nice, especially at night. We, as a community, are uniting together to raise awareness.”
“I want to thank [the town] for continuing the tradition here of demonstration support for autism awareness,” said Selectman Mike Newhouse. Newhouse shared several compelling statistics — more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism; 1-in-42 boys are diagnosed with autism; 1-in-68 children are diagnosed with autism; the annual costs associated with managing autism in the U.S. is $236-$262 billion; and 35% of autistic adults between the ages of 19 and 23 do not have a job.
Selectman Mike McCoy elaborated on Newhouse’s last statistic, arguing the government needs to provide more assistance to young adults with autism after they graduate from high school. He asked folks to contact their legislators. “If we can do even a little more, it would mean a whole lot to those families,” said McCoy. “We need to help these children, as much as possible.”
#2) DPW Superintendent Mike Woods, in a memo, notified the Board of Selectmen that the long-awaited work on the Glen Road intersection project is finally slated to begin sometime between now and mid-May. Work will be conducted from Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4pm. MDR Construction, the project’s lowest bidder at $1.2 million, will provide the work. The majority of the project’s cost will be picked up by the state. In response to a question from Selectman Champoux, Hull noted that Woods said the contractor believes he will complete the project by the fall of this year. Hull, however, believes that’s too optimistic. The work must be complete by October 2016, per the contract. DPW will notify the abutters and school department before construction begins.
#3) DPW Superintendent Mike Woods, in a memo, notified the Board of Selectmen that the town will use the approximately $114,000 it received from the Governor’s Winter Recovery Assistance Program to replace guardrails on Concord Street, Salem Street, Church Street and Chestnut Street, plus at the North Intermediate. Work will also be done on the roadway of Phillips Avenue. The work is slated to begin soon as all funds must be expended by June 30, 2015.
#4) Town Clerk Sharon George, in a memo, notified the Board of Selectmen that the Finance Committee currently has two vacancies, plus the terms of members Richard Hayden and Bernard Nally are expiring at the conclusion of this year’s Town Meeting. Resident Marianne Gallezzo sent a letter to the Board, expressing an interest in serving on the Finance Committee, writing she “stands willing and able to fill a vacancy.”
#5) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Recreation Director Deborah Cipriani to use the Town Common and Gazebo for the annual Summer Concert Series (“Concerts on the Common”) on the following Wednesday nights — July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29. (Rain dates would be Thursday nights — July 9, July 16, July 23, and July 30). Concerts will run from 6:30pm to 8pm.
The Board also unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parent to use the Swain School Parking Lot on Saturday, May 16, 7am to 8:30pm, for the purpose of conducting a yard sale to raise funds.
NOTE: Look for five more highlights from Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting posted tomorrow.