WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen met on Monday night in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium.
The big news out of the meeting was the Board of Selectmen signaling their unanimous support for replacing the Butters Row Bridge with a 2-lane bridge with sidewalks. Read up about that decision from the Lowell Sun and Wilmington Advocate. Watch the 2.5-hour discussion HERE courtesy of WCTV. Check the front page of the Town Crier tomorrow and check back on the Wilmington Apple this weekend for additional coverage.
Here are FIVE additional things that happened at Monday’s Meeting:
#1) Selectmen issued a common victualer license to Pancho’s Cantina, the new Mexican restaurant looking to open this fall at 306 Ballarvale Street, Unit 7. After inspections, Health Director Shelly Newhouse and Building Inspector Al Spaulding both recommended approval. (Selectman Kevin Caira abstained from the vote as his brother is a consultant on the project. Otherwise, the vote was unanimous.)
#2) Selectmen ratified the Town Manager’s appointment of Robert Oliveri to the Wilmington Commission on Disabilities. Oliveri was a finalist for the recent Wilmington Board of Appeals opening. Selectmen opted to fill that seat with former Selectman Ray Lepore. Chairman Mike Champoux was pleased the town was able to find a role for Oliveri. “Thank you for staying in the game after the Board of Appeals didn’t work out,” Chammpoux said. “Oliveri has an accomplished resume and I’m delighted he accepted this appointment.”
#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Finance Committee Selection Committee — consisting of the Town Moderator, Chair of the Board of Selectmen, and Chair of the Finance Committee — held a public meeting on Thursday, June 8 to handle appointment and reappointments. Theresa Manganelli and John Doherty were reappointed to the committee, while Neil Couture was appointed to replace Bob Palmer, who did not seek reappointment. Couture, like Oliveri, was a runner-up for the Wilmington Board of Appeals vacancy.
#4) Selectmen approved the request of Kristen Stokes for residents of Jacobs Street to have a neighborhood block party on Saturday, June 17, from 2pm to 9pm. Selectmen also approved the request of Sheri Palmisano for residents of Lucaya Circle to have a neighborhood block party on Saturday, August 22, from noon to 11pm.
#5) Selectmen executed a drainage easement agreement for 40 Burlington Avenue and a roadway easement agreement for 21 North Street. Town Manager Jeff Hull noted the town’s Engineering Department has been looking to formalize agreements, rather than rely on “gentlemen agreements,” when town infrastructure is located on private party.
PLUS: Under ‘Board Members Questions & Comments,’ Selectmen encouraged residents to participate in this week’s Wilmington Relay For Life. ** Selectman Greg Bendel announced that the town received 10 applicants for its substance abuse coordinator position. Finalists are currently being interviewed by a selection committee. ** Selectman Greg Bendel asked for a future agenda item to discuss where the town might be able to save money before planning for the FY19 budget begins.
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