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

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at the Wilmington Boar of Selectmen Meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018:

#1) Lifeguard Shortage: “I know there’s been a level of frustration expressed by residents and others who have gone to Silver Lake trying to get on to the beach,” began Town Manager Jeff Hull. “The challenge was face is we simply don’t have the number of lifeguards we have had in the past. This is not something that’s unique to Wilmington. There was an article in the Washington Post on July 3 discussing how this is a national issue. Some communities are calling upon seniors who have the requisite qualifications to perform in these lifeguard rules. When I did go over on July 4, the beach wasn’t particularly full, but there was a lot of people in the water. One of the requirements of our program is the lifeguard-swimmer ratio must be 1:15. If you’ve got a little number of lifeguards available, there’s a risk to exceed that number. In the last several weeks, there’s been 7-8 drownings on the news [in the state]. As inconvenient as it may be, the responsibility that these lifeguards have — and many are teenagers trying to do the right thing — are to keep folks safe. And it’s a first come, first serve arrangement. I would encourage people to be patience.” Interested lifeguards can apply HERE. Selectman Greg Bendel noted that Wilmington pays its lifeguards more than surrounding communities.

#2) Community Ice Bucket Challenge Returns: Selectmen approved the request of the Wilmington Rotary Club to hold its Fourth Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18, from 8am to noon, at Rotary Park. The Rotary Club has donated $11,000 for ALS research over the past three years.

#3) 2019 WOW Race Rescheduled: Selectmen approved the request of We’re One Wilmington to reschedule its 2019 Run For Wilmington/Kim Forte Walk previously approved for Sunday, April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday, whoops!) to May 5, 2019.

#4) Analog Devices TIF Agreement: The state’s Office of Business Development’s EACC has certified Analog Devices’ TIF Agreement with the town.  The TIF’s terms include Analog creating 50 new permanent full-time jobs; retaining 1,555 permanent full-time jobs; and investing $142.9 million, while the town will waive a portion of the taxes on the new construction over the next 8 years.

#5) Two Executive Sessions: Selectmen met prior to the public meeting in Executive Session to discuss multi-distirct litigation regarding manufacturers and distributors of opioids.  The board then met again in Executive Session after the public meeting to discuss the Town’s Manager’s potential new contract. Hull’s current 3-year contract wraps up on September 30.

ALSO: All Selectmen complimented the Fourth of July Committee and public safety officials on another safe and successful Fun on the Fourth.

ALSO ALSO: Selectmen congratulated Town Manager Hull on his youngest son Nathaniel recently joining the Navy.

News From The Meeting Already Reported On Include:

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  1. Here is a Quote from the Mass. Municipal Association document:

    “Law firms are contacting Massachusetts cities and towns offering to represent them at no cost, with the firms aiming to collect a portion of any settlement that might be won. Any settlement would have to be accepted by the municipality, or the case could go to trial.”

    I believe if we are paying the ENORMOUS amount of money that we are paying the contracted law firm that they should represent the Town in this matter and the town collect any resulting settlement in its entirety with it all going to the community who is paying for these lawyers.

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