I am opposed to the elimination of any train stops. The tax payers of Wilmington pay the MBTA $518,000 per year to have the two train stations in Wilmington. I believe the people of Wilmington deserve full service at both stops. The train in North Wilmington does not have to block the road known as Rte. 62 / Middlesex Avenue. This was absolutely shown when I took the train from Lawrence to North Wilmington and asked to get off the first car so the train did not block the road. A further indication of this can easily be explained by simply understanding that the same train leaves North Station to come to North Wilmington and clears the road to let passengers off. We need to work to make the lives of Wilmington residents easier and more convenient. People who need to get toward and to Boston for work or an appointment to see a doctor deserve all stops to remain at North Wilmington.
My advice and proposal to Wilmington officials is to position public safety vehicles on the other side of the tracks ahead of the scheduled stops. I also wanted to add that a garage bay at the D.P.W. and Brown’s Crossing locations could be designated for an emergency vehicle without the need for an expensive substation construction project.
With regard to the proposed detox site at 362 Middlesex Avenue, I believe the State should take this property by eminent domain for the purpose of building a train station with senior housing above it and an eatery/cafe. Seniors and commuters can have a place to dine while waiting to take the train.
The opioid problem is a State problem that needs a State solution. Many cities and towns are in the process of suing the opioid manufacturers. I believe it would be a beautiful thing to see a settlement with the opioid manufacturers that included giving us a state of the art treatment and recovery center on the grounds of the Tewksbury State Hospital. The State’s opioid addiction problem solution: funded by those who are alleged to have known that the opioids were addictive and sold them anyway.
Unfortunately, our Selectmen have failed to negotiate with the owner’s of 362 Middlesex Avenue for an alternative development that eliminated the detox facility. We now have a law suit filed against the Town of Wilmington that could have been averted. It is time for the community to unite for truth and unite for change. It is also time to eliminate conflict of interest on the Board of Selectmen by electing new members who will fight on behalf of the community. Solutions are needed that improve people’s lives.
Candidate for the Board of Selectmen
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