SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss Highlights Of This Year’s Town Meeting Warrant

WILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.

Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.

The latest question:

Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? 

Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:

Jomarie O’Mahony

I can’t say there are articles that I feel strongly should be voted against but there are two articles that I would ask voters to pay special attention to. The first is Article 37 which would set up a fund to hold funds from Verizon and Comcast to be utilized for cable access television. The Article itself is basic in nature and not controversial but there is a larger concern of changes in the FCC that could jeopardize the federal funding currently provided to support local cable access television like the services the town currently benefits from with WCTV. The Article itself is establishing a necessary fund to hold the funds received by contract from Verizon and Comcast but I would ask the voters to learn more about WCTV as well as the proposed FCC changes that could threaten it.

The second article that I believe warrants heightened voter attention is Article 42 that addresses affordable housing in our town. I believe the language of the article is appropriate and appreciate the 15% requirement for affordable housing in new multi-family developments but am concerned with single family home developments not being included and the clause that would allow affordable housing to be built off-site of the project as I am concerned that we are not doing enough to ensure affordable housing is actually created. I want to make sure we avoid another Whispering Pines or Yentile Place situation where the town approves over 55 housing with affordable units included and then the project either fails completely or needs to be modified to remove the very things that would benefit the community. We have limited land in this town and we must be thoughtful in its use. I would not support an Article that gives developers the ability to build market-rate housing with only a faint promise of affordable units that the town desperately needs so I would expect if this article passes, the town would be applying it in the best interest of the community.

Daryn Marsh

Mr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:

Kevin MacDonald

No response.

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