SELECTMEN NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At This Week’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017. (Look for five more things tomorrow.)

#1) Selectmen approved a request to illuminate the Wilmington Town Common blue during the month of April in observance of Autism Awareness. Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that an anonymous donor is paying for the gel that will be inserted into the lights on the Town Common.

#2) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided Selectmen with a brief update from Senator Ed Markey’s Office relative to New England Transrail:

“A representative from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) confirmed receipt of the comment letter from the Congressional delegation and from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The STB is currently conducting their investigation of the NET petition and is not at liberty to discuss details. The STB representative stated that the agency will give serious consideration to the comments received from the delegation and EPA. No time line was provided as to when the investigation would be complete. The Senator’s Office will continue to monitor activity at the STB and inform the Town of any developments.”

#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided Selectmen with a letter from the state’s Supervisor of Records relative to the board’s public records request to obtain copies of executive session minutes from the Wilmington School Committee related to the departure of former Superintendent Mary DeLai.

The Supervisor of Records declined to provide a determination as to the status of the executive session minutes and, instead, referred Selectmen to contact the state’s Attorney General Office, who oversees the Open Meeting Law.

Selectmen and Town Manager Jeff Hull provided no comment on the letter. It’s unclear if they intend on taking the matter to the Attorney General. Given their lack of comment, one could surmise that they’ll be dropping the matter and will simply wait until July 1, when the minutes in question are expected to be eligible for release, but that’s conjecture at this point.

#4) Selectmen signed a license agreement with the Wilmington Farmers Market, allowing the Farmers Market Association to hold their market on the former Swain School property. Selectmen previously approved the market’s 2017 season — Sundays from 10am to 1pm, June 11, 2017 to October 29, 2017. This represents a 3-week expansion compared to 2016.

#5) Selectmen accepted an easement, for the cost of $1, with Philip Fontana for 4 Lynch Lane. The easement allows the town legal access to perform necessary routine drainage work.

Look for 5 more things tomorrow.

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