Wilmington Board of Selectmen News: Communication Issues Surrounding Finance Committee Appointments

WILMINGTON, MA — Here’s 5 things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, June 8.

#1) The Board of Selectmen are trying to get to the bottom of communication issues between the Chair of the Board of Selectmen, the Chair of the Finance Committee, and the Town Moderator.  The three are in charge of appointing and reappointing Finance Committee members.

Last night, Town Manager Jeff Hull provided the Board with requested information regarding the current Finance Committee. Four new members were added to the 9-member committee just last month.

  • Marianne Gallezzo was sworn in on May 4 to replace Victoria Ellsworth, who recently moved out of town.
  • Shawn P. Kelley was sworn in on May 6 to replace Richard Hayden, a longtime member who did not seek re-appointment.
  • Leigh J. Martinson, who ran a competitive race for Town Moderator in April, was sworn in on May 7 to replace Jordan Weiner, who recently moved out of town.
  • Michele Kincaid was sworn in on May 22 to replace William Wallace, who was not reappointed despite expressing an interest in continuing his service.

Board members are not directly addressing their concerns with communication issues surrounding the appointment process until they meet with Finance Committee Chair John Doherty at the next Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, June 22.  As a result, the board’s public discussions – to date – have been unusually cryptic and difficult to follow.

Last night, Town Manager Jeff Hull agreed to instruct the town’s IT Department to provide the board with all emails on the town’s server relative to Finance Committee appointments sent and received since July 1, 2014.  In addition, Hull has created a package of relative communications from his own emails for the board.

#2) With Selectman Mike McCoy absent, the Board of Selectmen unanimously (4-0) approved the request of James Buckley to use the Swain Green and municipal parking lot on Middlesex Ave for a Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser on June 20 from 9am to 3pm. A $10 donation is requested for open play and instruction.  A $20 donation is requested for tournament play for men and women, beginner and intermediate. All funds raised will be donated to cancer research via Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  An explanation of pickle ball can be found HERE.

#3) The Board of Selectmen unanimously (4-0) re-appointed Alice Hooper to the Board of Registrars.  Hooper has served in the role since 1997.  The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, per state statute, was asked to bring forward three names for the Selectmen to consider.  While Hooper was one of those names, the Committee’s letter to the Board actually asked the Selectmen to appoint resident Roberta Lasky instead.

#4) The Board of Selectmen unanimously (4-0) supported Fourth of July Committee Chairman Scott Garrant’s request to restrict hawkers and pedlers to one-half mile from the Town Common and from Fordham Road, from Tuesday, June 30 to Sunday, July 5.

#5) The Board of Selectmen unanimously (4-0) approved the sale of town-owned land located on Adler Street (Map 49, Parcel 5) as voted on at this year’s Annual Town Meeting.

NOTE: Look for an additional 5 things tomorrow, including a BIG Olin update, a Kinder Morgan update, a presentation from Library Director Tina Stewart, a list of important dates over the next two weeks, and a Verizon FiOS channel change that may make you blush. 

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