WILMINGTON, MA — Yesterday, I shared five highlights from Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting. Below are five MORE highlights from that meeting. Look for the final five highlights tomorrow.
#1) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the Wilmington Relay For Life Committee’s request to place purple lights on the Town Common for the month of May, as means of raising awareness of Relay For Life as part of the group’s “Paint The Town Purple” efforts. (May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month.) The Selectmen also approved the Committee’s request to place directional signage up at various locations in town the day of Relay For Life ceremony.
Organizers Joe Martinello and Julie Rauseo invited the public to participate in this year’s event on Friday, June 19, 5:30pm to Saturday, June 20, 5:30am at the Wilmington Middle School. This year’s theme is “Lights. Camera. Relay.” Learn more about the event HERE.
Wilmington’s Relay For Life has raised over $810,000 for the American Cancer Society in its first seven years. Now in its 8th year, 112 participants have already registered for the event and $11,000 has already been raised.
#2) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided the board with an update on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
“Based upon our strong objection to the original route, the proposed route continues to run through Wilmington, but follows an existing utility corridor from Tewksbury/Andover through Wilmington and into North Reading,” reads the memo. “The latest route would continue to extend through the Benevento property, meaning that the gas line would run underneath a section of the quarry.”
Kinder Morgan continues to assure the town that “a gas line [under a quarry] can be engineered to be safe in that environment.” The town continues to request information about the other examples of gas lines being constructed under quarries, and the safety records of such lines. A Kinder Morgan representative “believes there is a location in Connecticut and a location in New Jersey with similar circumstances with the Benevento site.”
“From my perspective, I just as soon that the route of the pipeline go somewhere other than Wilmington,” Hull told the Selectmen. “If the line is going to go through Wilmington, this, perhaps at this point, appears less erroneous than the original route.”
The original route took the pipeline within very close proximity of two of the town’s drinking water wells.
#3) Selectman Mike Newhouse recognized High School Building Committee member John Donahue for making arrangements with the Massachusetts Convention Center to donate an aerial lift to the town, which will be used at the new high school. Donahue, who is also a member of the town’s Permanent Building Committee, serves as the Senior Managing Director and Superintendent of Building Services at the convention center.
“We appreciate his efforts on behalf of the town,” said Newhouse.
#4) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Gregory and Eva Lucht to use the Gazebo at Rotary Park for the Wedding Ceremony of Katherine Lucht and Jonathan Whitten on Saturday, June 13 at 5pm. The approval, however, comes with the caveat that any concerns that the Town Manager must be satisfied. At issue, mainly, is parking, as there’s likely to be Wilmington Little League playoff games occurring at that time.
#5) During Board Members Questions & Comments, Selectman Mike Champoux thanked residents for coming out on Election Day, saying it was a “reasonably good day” in terms of vote count. He thanked the poll workers for a long day of work and congratulated new Town Moderator Rob Peterson.
“I am very happy to work with my colleagues of another three years,” concluded Champoux.
Watch the meeting, in its entirety, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television: