I am writing this letter in endorsement of Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo for Town Selectmen. I am not a current or former elected official. I am an ordinary citizen like most of the residents of Wilmington, but on April 27th the vote of every resident counts equally. The Board of Selectmen should be a diverse group where all sides of an issue are considered. If people on the Board are too like-minded it can result in poor representation of all people in town. Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo both care deeply about the issues of transparency, listening to and working towards the goals the citizens care about, the environment, and the quality of life for all our residents.
We as a Town have a number of important issues that are not resolved and we should all be concerned about how these issues are being handled. Much of the activity is being done by the incumbents in Executive Session (aka behind closed doors). The citizens should know where the Selectmen stand on each of these issues.
Sciarappa Farm: the current Board has made it clear that there are other priorities than preserving our dwindling open space. This puts the Town at risk of losing an opportunity (like we did with Ristuccia ice skating rink) and having that 53 acres scooped up by developers.
The Olin Superfund Site and Transrail: the current Board has not only approved the go ahead for a proposal to be brought before town to build a warehouse on top of this toxic site but has also given permission to David Newhouse to represent the developer of this case before the Town (even though he was privy to all information about Olin and Transrail discussed in Executive Sessions while he was Town Counsel and on the Board of Selectmen).
The proposed Detox in North Wilmington – there is still an open case in Land Court and the developer might still appeal the Special Permit denial and/or pursue a federal law suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In February 2018 both Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel publicly stated they agreed with having a Detox in Wilmington and Kevin Caira said he was opposed to the Zoning Change. Now, just this week in the Apple Kevin Caira now says he is opposed to the Detox and Greg Bendel chose to be noncommittal.
Both Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo seek to have inclusionary government, are concerned with protecting our open spaces for future generations, are deeply concerned with the continuing contamination at Olin where families still have their water shipped in and paid for by Olin, and they are both committed to fighting the proposed Detox.
The Board of Selectmen needs a balance of opposing views to ensure a better dialogue about the issues our town is facing. The incumbents do not want open discussion that involves the residents, they seek to make decisions behind closed doors (I mean, Executive Session).
I heartily endorse Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo for Town Selectmen and urge all residents to get out and vote on April 27th.
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