Board of Selectmen Recap: 5 Things That Happened At Monday’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are five things that happened at last night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting.

#1) The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of We’re One Wilmington (WOW) to use the Town Common and town roads on Sunday, April 24 to hold the 6th Annual 5K Run For Wilmington / Walk For Kim Forte. The course route remains the same as in years past. WOW Vice President Joe Martinello noted that last year’s race attracted more than 500 participants and raised more than $10,000, $2,000 of which was directly donated to 45 non-profits selected by runners and walkers when registering.

In addition, WOW received permission to place signage on the Town Common to promote their Festival of Trees fundraiser on Saturday, December 5, 9am-9pm, and Sunday, December 6, 9am-3pm, at Villanova Hall.

#2) Town Clerk Sharon George reported that Kevin Stokes was appointed to fill a vacant Finance Committee position. Stokes was recently appointed by Selectman Chair Mike Champoux, Town Moderator Robert Peterson Jr. and Finance Committee Chairwoman Theresa Manganelli, following a public, transparent process.

“We had an embarrassment of riches,” said Selectman Mike Champoux. “We had 5 people who expressed interest. All were remarkably well-qualified and all would have been a great addition to the committee.”

According to Champoux, it was Stokes’s professional experience — currently serving as the Chief Information Officer of Brookline, MA — and his knowledge of municipal budgets that “elevated him slightly” ahead of the other applicants.

#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced a public hearing “to provide an open forum for the discussion of local property tax policy with reference to classification for FY 2016 taxation purposes” at the next Selectmen Meeting on Monday, November 23 at 7pm. Interested taxpayers may present their views at the hearing or in writing to the Town Manager’s Office until 4:30pm on that date.

#4) Wilmington Selectman Lou Cimaglia invited residents to attend the Town’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11 at 11am on the Wilmington Town Common.  Cimaglia noted that the weather forecast does not look good, but emphasized that the event will be held rain or shine.

Wilmington Selectman Mike Champoux encouraged parents to attend the Parent Education Workshop (“Combating Underage Substance Use & Abuse”) on Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Champoux noted that even if parents attended the substance abuse awareness event at St. Thomas last month, they should still find the time to come to this one, as new material will be covered.

#5) The Board of Selectmen  approved the request of Dennis C. Costa, of Burlington, to become a constable in Wilmington.

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