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

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting on Monday, September 10, 2018:

#1) RUSSELL DISPOSAL STILL IN BREACH OF CONTRACT. Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the town’s trash & recycling contractor, Russell Disposal. Russell Disposal has still be unable to furnish a performance bond as required in its contract with the town. The bond would be called if the company was unable to continue to fulfill its responsibilities. Wilmington DPW Director Mike Woods met with Kevin Douglas of Russell Disposal on August 28 to discuss possible approaches to providing security to the Town, including use of the unpaid balance to Russell for the purchase of trash and recycling barrels as collateral. Douglas was unable to accommodate that request and did not offer any alternative approaches. The Town is willing to work with the company to reach a solution, while retaining all rights and remedies with respect to addressing the issue. Hull intends on continuing to pursue the performance bond or another means of security with Russell. He does not believe “it is wise at this time to terminate contract with Russell and assume a cost increase that will be in excess of $683,950.” That amount is the town’s $580,000 obligation to pay for the remainder of the cost of recycling and trash barrels from Russell, plus an estimated added cost of $103,950 if a new contractor was secured for October 1 through June 30. Any contract with a different contractor would have a higher base rate for collection, plus be governed the current prevailing wage rates (about 50 cents per hour higher than rate under current contract).

#2) FARMERS MARKET GETS TWO MORE WEEKS. The Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Dana Burnham, President of the Wilmington Farmers Market Association, to extend the current Farmers Market by adding Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 14. The Market was originally scheduled to end it season on September 30. The Market runs on Sundays, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Wilmington Town Common.

#3) A HALLOWEEN TRADITION. The Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Recreation Commission to conduct its 51st Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The parade typically leaves the Public Safety Building at 4:30 p.m. A fire engine leads the parade down Church Street to the High School Cafeteria where treats await all costumed children.

#4) A CHRISTMAS TRADITION. The Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved licenses to sell Christmas trees to the Wilmington Methodist Church (care of John Arvanitis) and for the Boy Scouts of America Troop #56 (care of John Mainini). The license fees were waived.

#5) ATTORNEY GENERAL APPROVES BYLAW CHANGES. Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that the amendments to the Wilmington Zoning Bylaw and Town of Wilmington Inhabitant Bylaws approved at the May 5 Annual Town Meeting — Articles 41, 42, 43, 545, 46, 48, 49, and 53 — are in legal order. The changes to the zoning bylaws will take effect back to the date of the Annual Town Meeting, while the change to the Inhabitant Bylaws will take effect once the public posting requirements are fulfilled.

Articles on the meeting’s Economic Development presentation and Olin/NET discussion will be forthcoming.

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