WILMINGTON, MA — Here are TEN things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday. (And here are TEN additional things from the meeting that Wilmington Apple reported on earlier this week.)
#1) The Board agreed that Selectmen Chair Mike Champoux and Selectman Mike McCoy will represent the Selectmen in contract negotiations with Town Manager Jeff Hull, whose contract expires in September. Champoux and McCoy will bring any proposals back to the full board for a discussion and vote in Executive Session.
#2) Hull gave the Selectmen a brief update on the Glen Road/Middlesex Avenue/Wildwood Street intersection project. According to Hull, the project’s preliminary schedule calls for the the water line and drainage installation to be completed in mid-to-late August; the roadway realignment to take place in the fall; and the traffic lights will go up in the spring of 2016.
#3) Town Accountant Mike Morris told the Selectmen, in a memo, that, based on the proposed subject submitted to the Governor, Wilmington will see an increase in Local Aid of $109,359 and a decrease in statutory charges by $32,782, resulting in a net budgetary effect of a $142,141 increase in FY16.
#4) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced a comment period for the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) is looking for input from Wilmington residents. “You can make a different by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project.” Comments need to be sent on or before August 31. Learn more HERE.
“It seems like a lot of folks in town are concerned about the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and documented [by] participating in the process in a more formal, official way,” said Selectmen Chair Mike Champoux.
#5) Valerie Gingrich, Director of Planning and Conservation, reported that the town will be maintaining 18 Denault Drive as an affordable housing unit in town. After lengthy negotiations with the bank that foreclosed on the home, the town recently went through an RFQ process and signed a contract with Rich Stewart, who will be rehabbing and reselling the unit. Construction on the unit, mainly interior work, will commence in September. The home will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.
#6) Gingrich also provided an update to the Selectmen on the town’s new open space and recreation plan. As previous reported on Wilmington Apple, Gingrich noted that the plan will include the creation of new walking trails; dog park(s); water features at playgrounds; and picnic areas.
#7) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that Assistant Town Manager Kendra Amaral and Director of Planning and Conservation Valerie Gingrich submitted a grant application through the state’s PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities) grant program. The town could receive up to $400,000 for the construction of the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility Complex.
#8) Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that a FiOS TV consultant contacted the town to notify residents that the Tennis Channel will be moved from channel 303 (standard)/803 (high def) to channel 92 (standard)/592 (high def). Verizon customers will be notified of the change on or around August.
#9) Selectman Mike McCoy returned after missing several meetings due to hip surgery.
#10) Town Manager Jeff Hull informed the board of several upcoming important town events, including: Concerts on the Common on July 22 & July 29; Harnden Tavern Open House (2pm-4pm) on August 2; Wilmington Police Department’s National Night Out at Rotary Park on August 4; and the Police Association’s Beach Day at Silver Lake (11am-2pm) on August 6. The Selectmen next meet on Monday, August 10 at 7pm at Town Hall.
Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:
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