SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 MORE 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) DAN DEUTSCH TO STAY ON AS SPECIAL COUNSEL. The board delivered on a promise it made in June that it would do what it took to keep Dan Deutsch, of Brooks & DeRenesis, on as a Special Counsel.  KP Law will handle all of the Wilmington’s general counsel services with the exception of matters pertaining to the Olin Superfund site and New England Transrail, which will be handled by Brooks & DeRensis and specifically Deutsch. Selectmen unanimously approved the contract, which runs from July 16, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

#2) TOWN DECIDES NOT TO ESTABLISH POLICY FOR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING (TIFs). After being tasked by Selectmen to establish a policy for Tax Increment Financing  after the town’s successful TIF agreement with Analog Devices, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced it would actually be to the town’s advantage NOT to have such a policy. Planning Director Valerie Gingrich, Principal Assessor Karen Rassias, Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey and Hull reached the decision after weighing the pros and cons.

“It is important that the Town retain the flexbility to consider each TIF application on its individaul merits. The applicant’s demands on Town resources, the impact on the community, the type of business operation, the proposed location, the size and scale of the project, the number of employees to be retained or brought to the community, and the economi climate at the time of the application ar all factors that should be weighed,” according to Hull. “A TIF policy that establishes a set of ‘pass/fail/ criteria for consideration by the Town will not give the Town the discretion that it needs… It is network that the communities of Tewksbury, Billerica, Burlington, Bedford and Andover, all of whom have authorized TIFs, do hot have a policy.”

Hull concluded that the establishment of a committee to address TIF applications is more important than any potential policy. The committee would consist of individuals with diverse backgrounds who can assess the implications of the proposed TIF, such as members of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee, the Planning Director, Principal Assessor, Assistant Town Manager, and Town Manager.

#3) NO ACTION ON UNION’S REQUEST TO SUSPEND NATIONAL GRID PROJECTS. In a memo, Town Manager Jeff Hull suggested the Board not make “any immediate and unnecessary decisions about National Grid work.” This comes after members of the Steelworker’s Union asked Selectmen, at its previous meeting, to disallow any National Grid work be done in town while its union members continue to be “locked out” and replaced with “less experienced, lower skilled” workers, causing potential dangers to the community.

#4) ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CONTROL COMMISSION MATTER. The town was notified by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission that the names of the officers and directors on any of its club’s documentations needed to be kept current. After reaching out to the Aleppo Temple, the board unanimously approved an updated local licensing authority review record. The record is now on file with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The Wilmington Knights of Columbus will also need to update its documentation.

#5) KUDOS TO VETERANS SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR MOVING WALL & TO WILMINGTON POLICE FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. All Selectmen present spoke highly of their experiences at the recent Moving Wall ceremonies and National Night Out celebration. Selectmen wished students and staff good luck as they had back to school next week and reminded drivers to keep an eye out for students walking or at bus stops. Selectman Ed Loud thanked retired U.S. Air Force veteran Robert Oliveira for his service to the community. Oliveira serves on the town’s Commission on Disabilities, assisted with the Moving Wall, and regularly donates gift cards to needy veterans. “He goes out of his way to assist those in need.  I think him for his [volunteerism] and for his military service.”

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