WILMINGTON, MA — Here are TEN things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017. (Discussion on Ristuccia Arena and Yentile Farm are not included in this article and will be covered in separate articles in the coming days.)
#1) Selectmen received 27 pages of the latest correspondence between Olin Chemical and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Olin and the EPA are currently in negotiations after Olin “invoked dispute resolution procedures” in objection to the EPA’s request to Olin to draft remedial alternatives of the superfund site. The Town will include this information in future comments to the Surface Transportation Board as it continues it’s fight against the New England Transrail project. The Town will also share the correspondence with its federal delegation.
#2a) Selectmen voted to appoint Selectman Mike Champoux as its Chair for the beginning of its April 24th meeting. Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, the current chair, is not seeking re-election and will relinquish her chairmanship at the completion of the April 22nd Town Election. Champoux was selected because he was the most recent chair prior to O’Connell. Selectman Mike McCoy noted that, according to his recollection, the most senior member (himself) traditionally serves as chair in situations like this. McCoy, however, ultimately voted to support Champoux.
#2b) Rather than wait for its first meeting in May, as has been tradition, Selectmen also decided to hold its reorganization and select its permanent chair at its April 24th meeting so it will have its chair in place for the April 29th Annual Town Meeting.
#3) Selectmen received a certification letter from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue that the Shawsheen Tech has a general fund (reserves) of $1,334,371. State Law requires Selectmen receive the amount each year.
#4) Selectmen approved the request of Town Clerk Sharon George to appoint 75 election workers for 2017.
#5) Selectmen approved the request of the Memorial Day Parade Committee to conduct a parade on Monday, May 29, 2017.
#6) Selectmen approved the request of Police Chief Michael Begonis to use Rotary Park on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 for National Night Out. This 4th annual event will once again include dunk tanks, children’s movie, touch-a-truck exhibit, K9 demonstrations, refreshments, raffles, and helpful crime prevention education materials. The event is sponsored by the Wilmington Police Department through the Cummings Foundation, along with corporate partners in Red Heat Tavern, Target, and the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.
#7) Selectmen renewed the tax cab license for Wilmington Taxi and Taxi Cab Operator’s License for Timothy J. Flynn.
#8) Selectmen approved the requests of Joseph Dulock, Nicholas Dulock and Steve Dulock — all of Mimzee’s Ice Cream — to obtain a Hawk & Pedle license to sell ice cream in Wilmington.
#9) Under “Public Comments,” Selectman candidate Kevin MacDonald spoke for 18 minutes, leveling many criticisms against the town.
#10) Under “New Business,” Selectmen praised several recent community events they attended, including the Wilmington Sons of Italy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration; the breakfast to honor John F. Landry; and the ‘Cops for Kids with Cancer’ event for Kelly Gonzalez. O’Connell wished Interim Superintendent Joanne Benton well and thanked her for her service. McCoy praised the Wilmington Police Department for retrieving a fallen American flag during a snowstorm. Bendel asked for an update at a near future meeting on the town’s Opiate Task Force.
PLUS: Town Manager Jeff Hull discussed several upcoming important dates. The last day to register to vote at the Annual Town Election and Town Meeting is Monday, April 3. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:30am to 8pm. The Recreation Departments’ Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 15 at 2pm on the Town Common.
The next Board of Selectmen Meeting will take place on Monday, April 10 at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium (not Room 9). Two Wilmington Youth Hockey championship teams will be honored. This will be Selectwoman O’Connell’s final meeting.
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