WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017.
#1) The Board of Selectmen voted to execute the collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Wilmington and the New England Police Benevolent Association, Local 1, Patrolmen’s Union, for the period of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.
Contract highlights include:
- 2% COLA increase in each fiscal year
- The 6-step wage scale is shifted up — current step 1 is eliminated, current step 2 becomes step 1 and a step is added on at the other end to become the new step 6
- Night differentials are increasing from $1.25 an hour to $1.50 an hour (4pm-midnight) and $1.75 an hour (midnight-8pm).
- Detail rates are increasing from $42 an hour to $44 an hour effective 30 days after contract is executed. Rate will go up to $46 an hour on 1/1/18 and $48 on 1/1/19.
- Longevity increases have been readjusted for new hires. They would not be entitled to a longevity increase until working 10 years for the town (currently at five years) and would be capped overall at 12% (currently at 15%).
- Town can now use assessment centers, in addition to the standardize test, for the purpose of promotion.
- It is understand the police will engage in the use of Narcan and tasers as appropriate and will go through the necessary training for both.
#2) The Board of Selectmen approved the request of Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell to use the Town Common and Gazebo for the Summer Concert Series on Wednesdays — July 5, July 12, July 19, and July 26, with rain dates on the following Thursdays — July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27.
#3) The Board of Selectmen approved the request from Wilmington High Guidance Curriculum Team Leader Marie Cahalane to use the Swain Green and Municipal Parking Lot on Friday, June 2, from 11am to 2pm, to hold the WHS Senior Barbecue.
#4) The Board of Selectmen approved the Conservation Commission’s acceptance of a grant of land and easements for a parcel of land off of Green Meadow Drive. The Town is particularly excited for this acquisition as it provides open space and has potential for the creation of walking trails.
#5) Town Manager Jeff Hull recapped the process for Selectmen to fill the current vacancy on the Board of Appeals. The deadline for applicants is May 17. Selectmen will receive a packet of applications/letters of interest on May 19. Selectmen will meet on Wednesday, May 24 at Town Hall to interview candidates. (Meeting start time TBD.) The expectation is that Selectmen will make an appointment on that night. To date, five residents have applied for the opening.
Look for additional coverage of the meeting tomorrow.
Discussion of the Butters Row Bridge from the meeting can be found HERE.
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