WILMINGTON, MA — Here are five things that happened at last night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting. Look for follow-up articles with five additional highlights on Wednesday and Thursday.
#1) Town Manager Jeff Hull addressed a hot topic on social media – residents’ yard waste not being picked up.
“[Yard waste curbside] collection has fallen behind,” acknowledged Hull. “Public Works Director Mike Woods has been dealing with the [town’s collection contractor] Northside Cartage. Nearing the end of their contract, it’s been a struggle the last few weeks to have them stay on time and on target. The expectation is if they won’t collect materials by the end of this week, we will use town forces to do so and will look at our options when dealing with Northside.”
#2) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Fourth of July Committee to use the Town Common and Parking Lot next to the Fourth of July Building for the Annual 4th of July Festivities on the evening of Tuesday, June 30 and the morning of Saturday, July 4. (The rest of Fun on the Fourth will emanate, again, from the Shriners Auditorium.)
Fourth of July Committee Chairman Scott Garrant explained that on Tuesday, June 30, Fun on the Fourth will kick off at the Town Common with a community meal, concert, 2-mile road race, horseshoes, whiffle ball, and other events typically held on the Opening Night. Fun on the Fourth will then return to the Town Common on the morning of Saturday, July 4 for traditional “Family Fun Day” events, before transitioning back to the Shriners in the afternoon and evening.
Like last year, the Shriners location will feature community groups in the food court, community meals, concerts each night, and the carnival. Fireworks will occur on Saturday night, the actual Fourth of July.
Garrant thanked the Shriners and all the town departments for their support. Selectwoman Chair Judy O’Connell thanked Garrant and his committee for all their efforts.
#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Wilmington Water Department was the recipient of the 2015 Water Conservation Award from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The recognition was given due to the town’s “efforts and dedication to implement exemplary water conservation practices during the 2014 calendar year.” Wilmington Public Work’s Utility & Business Manager Joe Lobao will accept the award at a ceremony in Gloucester on May 5.
#4) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Terri Marciello, Director of Elderly Services, to use the Swain Green on Thursday, June 25 for the “Splash Into Summer” Kick-Off Event for the Senior Center and on Thursdays, July 9, July 16, July 16 and July 30, from 6pm to 7pm, for “Yoga on the Green” for the Senior Center.
#5) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved extending the agreement with Roselli, Clark and Associates for Audit Services for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. Town Accountant Mike Morris gave the certified public accounting firm a positive review.
Watch the meeting, in its entirety, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:
NOTE: Look for five more highlights from Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting posted tomorrow, and an additional five highlights posted on Thursday.