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

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE MORE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017. (Here are five things already covered yesterday.)

#1) After receiving a presentation from Planning & Conservation Director Valerie Gingrich, Selectmen executed the deed for the Butters Farm Property (165 Chestnut Street, Map 15, Parcel 31), executed the preservation restriction agreement; and signed the stewardship agreement with Historic New England.  The new owner is David Sugrue, who purchased the first period home — built between 1680 and 1700 — for just $100.

Sugrue is required to maintain the building’s exterior facade, footprint, height, roof pitch, central chimney & fireplace, central frame, and various interior details and features within the house.

“This is great news for the town, the owner, and the building,” said Selectman Mike Champoux.

“I appreciate [town officials] seeing this through so the building can be preserved and continue to be a landmark in town and cared for in the way it should be,” said Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, who also commended the Historical Commission for their involvement in the process.

#2) Selectmen closed and signed the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 10:30am in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.  The warrant booklet will be mailed to all residents and posted online shortly.  Residents are invited to attend the joint Finance Committee-Planning Board hearing on the Town Meeting warrant articles on Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm in the Wilmington Town Hall Auditorium.

#3) Selectmen received an update from Town Manager Jeff Hull regarding the Housing Authority Election.  The Department of Housing and Community Development is currently decreasing the number of individuals and revising the makeup of individuals elected to individual housing authorities. Town Clerk Sharon George was initially told Wilmington could not hold an election for the seat, but the Director and Legal Counsel from the Election Division of the Secretary of the Common Wealth’s Office recently reversed the decision and has advised Wilmington to continue with its election.  The decision was made, in part, for fear that the housing authority could struggle to meet a quorum, which would impede the body’s ability to conduct business. Bottom line, Stacie Murphy, the incumbent and only candidate to pull and submit nomination papers, will be on the April 22 ballot.

#4) After receiving the recommendation of Town Engineer Paul Alunni, Selectmen authorized Cheyenne Drive to be considered for approval as a public way at the Annual Town Meeting.  Prior to the vote, a public hearing was held to entertain feedback from neighbors and the general public, but no one chose to speak.

#5) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided Selectmen with the Ascertainment Report that the Cable Advisory Task Force recently completed as part of the town’s contract renewal process with Comcast.  The report calls for a senior discount  for senior customers subscribed to the basic cable basic; improved customer service; capital improvements at Wilmington Community Television; an investment in WCTV equipment; the maintaining of WCTV’s operating budget for all 3 channels (public, education & government); and broadcasting WCTV in high definition rather than analog. The Cable Advisory Task Force is currently seeking dates to begin negotiations with Comcast.  The Selectmen will ultimately have to approve the deal.  The town’s current licensing agreement with Comcast expires in February 2018.

NOTE: The request of Sunil B. Patel (of Shree Prayosha Wilmington, Inc.) to obtain a common victualer license to operate Sonic Drive-In was postponed. This means Sonic will remain closed for at least a little longer.

NOTE: During “Public Comments,” Kevin MacDonald, a candidate for Wilmington Board of Selectmen, made unsubstantiated claims against a town department.  MacDonald, who interrupted the Chair and raised his voice on several occasions, was ruled out-of-order multiple times and was asked by the chair to remove himself from the meeting.  He was eventually escorted to the parking lot by Police Chief Michael Begonis.

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