WILMINGTON, MA — Below are ten things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, September 14! (And here’s ten things already shared from the meeting.)
#1) Town Manager Jeff Hull shared a letter with the Selectmen that he sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Kinder Morgan Lynnfield Lateral Pipeline. Hull stressed the town has several concerns with the proposal, including: (1) the revised pipeline route would traverse a parcel owned and operated by Benevento Companies — an aggregate based material supply company and active quarry and (2) construction of the revised pipeline route will impact wetland resource areas and land areas within the Town’s Zone 2 Groundwater Protection District for two of its remaining well fields — the Browns Crossing and Salem Street well fields.
#2) Town Manager Jeff Hull shared a letter with Selectmen from Representative Seth Moulton. Moulton wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking that an additional scoping meeting regarding the Kinder Morgan Lynnfield Lateral pipeline be scheduled. Moulton also thanked the Commission for extending the public comment period to October 16. Selectman Chair Mike Champoux thanked Moulton for his support.
#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull shared a memo with the Selectmen regarding a request he received from Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin. Galvin is asking Wilmington to support his efforst to reopen the New Boston Street Bridge, located in Woburn, close to the Woburn/Wilmington line. Galvin is looking for state funding to construct a bridge over the MBTA Commuter Rail which would reconnect both sections of New Boston Street. In 2004, Selectmen voted – 4 to 1 – to support the bridge’s reopening, although it never happened. This week, Selectman Mike McCoy spoke out against the re-opening, suggesting it would be a “disaster” in terms of extra traffic on Wilmington roads The rest of the board took a more measured approach, asking for the recommendations of town department heads before making a decision.
#4) Town Manager Jeff Hull addressed a recent Lowell Sun article about a Wilmington firefighter who successfully challenged the town’s decision to not promote him to one of the four of the vacant Lieutenant positions despite him having the best score on the written exam. Hull writes that the town, which chose to rely on the “situational assessment” (interview) rather than the written exam, is still considering whether to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision to the Superior Court.
#5) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided Selectmen with a brief update on the Middlesex Avenue/Glen Road/Wildwood Street intersection project. Hull said it was “ahead of schedule,” noting all the granite curbing, electrical work, and guard rails will be in place before the end of construction season. The mast arms are already on order and it’s possible they could be installed before the end of construction season, but it is likely they won’t be operational until the spring of 2016. Selectwoman Judy O’Connell relayed questions she received from residents regarding the feasibility of adding some stripping to the affected area to improve driver safety. Hull said he’d look into it.
#6) Each member of the Board of Selectmen, along with Town Manager Jeff Hull and Administrative Assistant Beverly Dalton, wore orange in recognition of Leukemia Awareness Month.
#7) Selectman Lou Cimaglia thanked residents to attend last week’s 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony at the High School. He also alerted residents that Friday, September 18 is “POW/MIA” Day. He asked residents to say a prayer for Ronald Eaton, a Wilmington resident who fought in the Korean War and was killed in action. His remains has never been brought home.
#8) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Wilmington has maintained its AA+ bond rating — the second highest achievable — from Standard and Poor’s. Read more HERE.
#9) Kendra Rozett, the town’s new IT director, gave the board an update on her department’s goals and her department’s accomplishments since it was formed in July. Read more HERE.
#10) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced several upcoming “important dates,” including the Buzzell School Reunion at the Senior Center on September 20, 1pm-6pm; the Annual Town Clean-Up Day on September 26, 8am-noon; and Wilmington’s 11th Annual Half Marathon & 5K Run or Walk on September 27. The Selectmen next meet on Monday, September 28 at 7pm.
Watch the September 14th Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:
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