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

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018:

#1) NEW TOWN ASSISTANT PLANNER.  Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that Sierra Pelletier has been appointed to the position of Assistant Planner. Pelletier received her Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts earlier this year. She serves on the Belchertown Planning Board and interned with the City of Chicopee’s Planning Department.  She will work with Planning & Conservation Director Valerie Gingrich in supporting the Planning Board with respect to site plan review and subdivision control, while assisting residents and completing assigned projects. Pelletier, who started with the town on July 16, replaces Carolyn Cronin, who served as Assistant Planner from 2016 through June 2018.

#2) CONCERN OVERTIME FIRE DEPARTMENT OVERTIME BUDGET. Town Manager Jeff Hull told Selectmen that the Finance Committee is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm in Room 9 at Town Hall to discuss overtime costs within the Fire Department. “The Finance Committee expressed concerns about overtime during the budget deliberations that led up to the 2018 Annual Town Meeting,” said Hull. “Finance Committee member are seeking to more fully understand the factors that are leading to the increasing overtime costs in the department, the hiring process, and the options being considered to address increases in overtime.”

#3) REVIVE CIVILITY MONTH.  Per the request of Wilmington Library Director Tina Stewart, Selectmen unanimously adopted and signed a proclamation declaring September 2018 as “Revive Civility Month” in the Town of Wilmington. The board encourage residents to participate in the library’s Revive Civility initiative. Read the proclamation below:

Proclamation

#4) PRIMARY DAY IS APPROACHING. Selectmen unanimously signed the warrant for the State Primary to be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Not sure if you vote at Town Hall, the Boutwell or the Wildwood? Click HERE to find your polling location.

#5) BIRTHDAY PARTY AT ROTARY PARK. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of resident Debby Long to use Rotary Park on Saturday, August 19 at 2pm for a Birthday Party for a 2-year-old. Pizza and cake will be served. 30 guests are expected. The town advised the applicant that the park is a public place that’s open to all, even during the party.

Watch for five more brief news items from the meeting tomorrow.

(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography.)

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