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

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple has previously reported on news from last week’s Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, including the latest developments on the North Wilmington train station issues, appointments to the town’s new Economic Development Committee, the creation of a Town Ice Rink Committee, the finalists for the town’s new Finance Director position, and a discussion on senior housing with Wilmington Housing Authority Executive Director Maureen Hickey.

Below are FIVE more things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019:

#1) MANAGER CHANGE AT ELIA’S COUNTRY STORE: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Shop Rite Liquors – doing business as “Elia’s Country Store” — to change managers from Michael Elia Sr. to Michael Elia Jr.

“To put it simply, the Elia’s have decided that Mike Jr. assume the managerial role in the store,” explained attorney Robert Peterson Sr. “He’s been the de factor manager for some time. Mr. Elia Sr. has decided to step aside.”

#2) FUN THE FOURTH APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Scott Garrant, Chair of the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee, to use the Town Common, Municipal Parking Lot, and Swain Green for the Annual Fun on the Fourth celebration on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 through Sunday, July 7, 2019. Selectmen also restricted hawkers/peddlers and transient vendors from conducting business within one-half mile of the Town Common during the celebration.

#3) NATIONAL NIGHT OUT APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of (former) Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis to hold a National Night Out Celebration at Rotary Park on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

#4) SECOND HAND DEALER LICENSES: Selectmen unanimously approved the renewal of secondhand dealer licenses for Robert P. Flaherty Jewelry and GameStop.

#5) VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PLAN RENEWAL: Selectmen received a memo from Wilmington DPW Operations Manager Jamie Magaldi explaining the steps the town must take to have its vegetation management plan renewed.

“The Department of Public Works has seen an increase in roadside growth over recent years and mechanical control methods alone have not been able to keep up with the rate of growth around Town,” explained Magaldi. “As a result, roadside weeds have greatly impacted intersection sight distance, travel lane width, and pedestrian paths throughout Wilmington Right of Ways. In an effort to improve the current level of service in mitigation roadside vegetation and help minimize traffic exposure risk to town workers, the DPW has submitted a renewed 5-year Draft Vegetation Management Plan to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.”

A public hearing on the plan will take place on May 23, 2019, from 11am to 12:30pm, in Room 9 of Wilmington Town Hall. Learn more HERE.

ALSO: All Board members, the Town Manger, and the Town Manager’s Administrative Assistant all wore an article of blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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