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

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting.

#1) Selectmen unanimously approved a new 3-year contract for Town Manager Jeff Hull. Details of the contract were not disclosed, but the appointment runs from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2021.

The only Selectman who chose to offer comment was Selectman Mike McCoy.

“I just want to be notified when things are happening in town. It’s a concern of mine when someone in the streets tells me what’s going on and I should have already known about it,” McCoy told Hull. “We’ve had disagreements in the past. We’ll have disagreements in the future. I just want to see improvement relative to communication with me. I’ll support your reappointment and show solidarity.”

McCoy noted he was the first Selectman to signal his support for Hull when former Town Manager Mike Caira gave his retirement notice in 2011. McCoy also noted he voted for Hull’s previous appointments in 2012 and 2015.

#2) Town Manager Jeff Hull updated Selectmen on the town’s current relationship with Russell Disposal.

“There has essentially been not much in the way of change. There is still an issue with the performance bond,” said Hull. “The DPW Director and I have had discussions with colleagues in two other communities who are in similar situations. They have the same contractor collecting their recyclables and are without a performance band. They had elected to do what we have — monitor the service while recognizing that if we pull out and seek another contractor, it would cost us significantly more than what we’re currently paying… It will take time to work through this.”

#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that he expects to schedule an appointment at a near future Selectmen Meeting with Attorney Mike Newhouse, who would like to represent GFI, a party to a potential warehouse development at the Olin site as an alternative to the current transloading proposal current on the docket of the Surface Transportation Board. Representatives from GFI, alongside Newhouse, would come in and discuss their warehouse proposal.

“The Town is conditioning such a meeting on New England Transrail (NET) formally agreeing to place on hold their petition for an exemption from the Surface Transportation Board,” explained Hull in a memo. “The details for such an agreement continue to be discussed by Town Counsel Dan Deutsch and attorneys representing the other parties of interest. It appears that the parties may be close to reaching an agreement on such an arrangement.”

#4) After several minutes of discussion, Selectmen decided to go ahead and hold their first November meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm in Room 9. Selectmen normally meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, but Town Hall is closed on Monday, November 12 for the observance of Veterans Day. Selectmen normally meet at 7pm, but the board decided to meet at 6:30pm in the hopes that some members will be able to attend the public hearing for the proposed detox facility at that evening’s Planning Board Meeting, which begins at 7:30pm in the Auditorium.

#5) Selectmen also set their December board meeitng schedule. Per tradition, the board will only meet once in December. Their meeting will take place on Monday, December 10 at 7pm.

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