WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting:
#1) SELECTMEN BACK VEERMAN: At the beginning of the meeting, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira announced that the Selectmen declined to enter into an Executive Session to discuss complaints brought against Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman. According to the Lowell Sun, Selectmen Michael McCoy & Greg Bendel voted in favor of entering Executive Session, with Selectmen Kevin Caira & Ed Loud voted against. Selectman Jonathan Eaton rescued himself from the vote due to a previous professional dealings with Veerman. The complaints were submitted by members of the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington, a group opposed to the location of a proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue. The complaints were submitted after Veerman voted in favor of a special permit to allow a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue. The motion to enter Executive Session failed for lack of a majority, according to Caira, who said no further action would be taken on the matter.
#2) HULL BACKS BOARD OF APPEALS: Town Manager Jeff Hull read a brief letter he had sent to members of the Board of Appeals:
“At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on January 28, 2019, a member of the public raised allegations of conflict of interest involving the proposed development at 362 Middlesex Avenue. No specific circumstances were provided so no conclusion may be drawn from those allegations.
The Town has full confidence in its volunteer boards and commissions and appreciates the services provided by all individuals serving on those boards and commissions. Each member is responsible for taking the State Ethics Commission conflict of interest exam in order to demonstrate understanding of the Conflict of Interest Law. Compliance with that law is a personal obligation for each member and is of paramount importance when decisions are being made that impact the Town. The Town is confident that all members adhere to the legal requirements applicable to their service.
Your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated as is your service to the Town of Wilmington.”
Later in the meeting, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira noted that Town Counsel will be offering a training to members of the town’s commissions, committees and boards on the state’s conflict of interest law.
#3) SAVE THE DATE: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Recreation Commission to use the Town Common to conduct the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11am.
#4) SAVE THE DATE PART 2: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello to use the Town Common to host a World Tai Chi Day celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
#5) THANK YOU, ED: Selectman Ed Loud submitted his letter of resignation, effective February 12. He’s taking his “dream job” in Baltimore. (And he won’t become a Orioles, Ravens, Redskins, Capitals, or Wizards fan.) Loud promises to still be around, however, as he’ll continue to own his home in Wilmington and keep his residency there. He plans on traveling back for certain Wilmington events, including Annual Town Meeting. Loud thanked his wife, children, mother-in-law, friends, supporters, and colleagues on the board. “This board is very special to me… It was a lot of fun. The decision to take this job was hard… I do love this town. I always will.”
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