SELECTMEN NEWS: Greg Bendel Elected New Chairman & 4 More Things That Happened At This Week’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019:

#1) BENDEL BECOMES CHAIR: During the board’s annual reorganization, Selectman Greg Bendel was unanimously elected as Chair. Outgoing Chair Kevin Caira called it a “privilege” and “honor” to serve in the position for the past year, and then nominated Bendel to serve in the role. “I appreciate my colleagues’ vote of confidence. I promise I’ll do the best I can for the residents,” said Bendel, who was recently re-elected to his term on the board.

#2) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE FINALIZED: Wilmington’s newest selectwoman — Jomarie O’Mahony — appointed Tom Card to the town’s new Economic Development Committee. Card is a local business owner, former business analyst, volunteer, father of five, and 18-year Wilmington resident. The other Selectmen had previously made their appointments in April. The Committee — which consists of Jeff Hull, Valerie Gingrich, Greg Bendel, Nancy Vallee, Mike Champoux, Lilia Maselli, Patrick Giroux, Suzanne Sullivan, Robert Oliveira, Carol Boisvert, and Dan Gibbons — will likely hold its first meeting in June.

The Committee has several goals, including:

  • Gain an understanding of what economic development means to residents, the degree to which residents are seeking more businesses or expansion of existing business, and the types of businesses residents would like to see in Wilmington.
  • Gain an understanding of Wilmington’s strengths and vulnerabilities as a host community to businesses currently operating, businesses considering Wilmington as a potential place to relocate, and for individuals seeking to start a business.
  • Facilitate communication with members of the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and other business in Wilmington and the area to understand their short and long term plans, opportunities and challenges.
  • Create an informational tool that presents Wilmington “in a nut shell,” providing statistics about the population, demographics workforce, and the attributes that make Wilmington the place to conduct business.
  • Serve as an educational forum for committee members and the public by hosting guest speakers to cover different elements of economic development.

#3) NO CHANGES TO TOWN COUNSEL & SPECIAL TOWN COUNSEL: Selectmen unanimously approved a 1-year contract for KP Law to serve as Town Counsel. The only change from the current agreement is the monthly hourly rate is increasing from $195 to $200. Selectmen also unanimously approved another 1-year contract for Brooks and DeRensis — specially Dan Deutsch — to serve as Special Town Counsel on matters related to Olin Chemical and New England Transrail. The only change from the current agreement is associate John Ruggerio is authorized to work on the case, replacing associate Lou Ross.

#4) SELECTMEN PAUSE POLE REQUEST: Selectmen requested that MSR Utility Corporation, National Grid, and the Town Engineer meet with abutters before they vote on a request for the utility company to place a new pole on Salem Street and a new pole on Anthony Avenue.

#5) CAR WASH FUNDRAISER APPROVED: Selectmen approved the request of Julie Breen and Jennifer Cushing, Co-Presidents of the Friends of Field Hockey, for the Wilmington High School Field Hockey to conduct a Car Wash fundraiser in the Municipal Parking Lot, next to the Fourth of July Building, on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 9am to 1pm.

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