SELECTMEN NEWS: Committee To Form To Review Town Bylaws & Propose Changes

WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the town’s Inhabitant By-Law Study Committee is being re-activatd to review the bylaws and make recommendations for any amendments that may be deemed necessary.

Hull explained that the bylaws must be reviewed once every ten years by a committee. The bylaws were last reviewed in 2006.

Hull predicted the committee will hold monthly evening meetings during 2017, with recommendations for amendments being brought forward in late 2017 or early 2018. The amendments would then be considered at the Town’s 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

Hull intends on appointing Town Clerk Sharon George, Director of Planning and Conservation Valerie Gingrich, and Deputy Police Chief Robert Richter to the Committee.  Hull has also asked each member of the Selectmen to recommend a resident for appointment by January 6, 2017.  Hull also requested that one of the Selectman serve on the Committee as a liaison.

Hull noted that the Town Clerk has already been developing proposed changes for the committee to consider.  Hull will also the rest of the town’s department heads to offer recommendations for changes to the bylaws.

The town’s current inhabitant bylaws can be read HERE.  The bylaws outline the roles and responsibilities of town officials, the finance committee, and the town meeting, plus public regulations in 53 different areas, including: dogs, littering, town curfew, beach rules, marijuana, alcohol, smoking, parking bans, pawnbrokers & junk dealers; clearing ice and snow, firearms, wetlands, stormwater, criminal background checks, utility poles, door-to-door soliciting, lawn signs, tree removal, earth removal, and much more.

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