WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017.
#1) Town Manager Jeff Hull provided Selectmen with an update on the soft opening on the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility:
- The turf field, kids’ play areas, and paved walking areas opened on April 3.
- The basketball and street hockey courts opened on April 10.
- The concession building (including restrooms) and the event lawn are currently not open, but likely will be in time for the Open House on May 13.
- Patrons are reminded that dogs and other pets are not permitted. Permanent signage will be installed soon. Animal Control Officer Christopher Sullivan is monitoring the facility. Patrons with dogs will be informed of the rules the first time. Subsequent incidents may result in fines in accordance with the town’s bylaws.
- The facility is open from dawn to 10pm. Lighting in the parking area and pedestrian walkways will be activated at dusk and will remain operative until sunrise. Lighting at the turf field and courts will remain operative until 10pm. This schedule will remain in effect until mid-November, depending on weather conditions. Once the parking lot is inaccessible due to snow, the area will no longer be illuminated until the spring.
#2) Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Memorial Library Director Tina Stewart to use the Town Common and Swain Green on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 10am to 1pm, for a Teddy Bear Picnic & Concert; on Thursday, August 11, 2017, from 5pm to 8pm, for the Library’s 2nd Annual Summer Bash with Food Trucks & live music from Quentin Callewaert; and on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9am to noon, for the Library’s 7th Annual Shredding Day, subsidized by the Wilmington Community Fund.
#3) Selectmen unanimously approved the renewal of the secondhand dealer license for Robert P. Flaherty Jeweler, Inc.
#4a) Selectmen received a written update from DPW Director Mike Woods regarding upcoming roadway work to be conducted in town. Beginning Wednesday, April 19, 2017, weather permitting, Cross Street — from Lowell Street to Main Street — and Old Andover Street/Old Salem Street — from 100 Andover Street to Route 62 — will be repaved.
#4b) Selectmen received a written update from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation noting that Wilmington is slated to receive $761,621 in Chapter 90 local transportation aid funding for FY2018. The amount is pending final legislative approval of a statewide $200 million bond authorization.
#5) Selectmen unanimously approved the request of resident Michelle Garcia to use Rotary Park for a birthday party on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 1pm to 5pm.
PLUS: Town Manager Jeff Hull notified Selectmen that Town Meeting Warrant Article #53, regarding the purchase of Town-owned property on 16 St. Paul Street, has been withdrawn by petitioner Edward Hill, Jr.
Additional stories from the meeting not yet covered — (1) The board and Town Manager recognizing departing 6-year Selectwoman Judy O’Connell at her last meeting; (2) Director of Veterans Services Lou Cimaglia speaking out against claims from Selectmen candidate Kevin MacDonald; (3) Selectman Kevin Caira questioning the town’s proposal to purchase tasers for the police department; and (4) Selectman Greg Bendel urging the town to move faster with its efforts to hire or contract a substance abuse coordinator — will shared in the coming days.
Video of presentations to Wilmington Boy Scout Frankie Greco and the Wilmington Youth Hockey Bantam 2 championship team will also be shared.
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