WILMINGTON, MA — Last week, Selectmen received an update on the town’s efforts to increase its number of accepted ways.
After signing the necessary paperwork to accept Mink Run Road and a portion of Pomfret Road, following affirmative votes at spring’s Annual Town Meeting, Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony asked Town Manager Jeff Hull how the town plans on handling the remaining 200+ unaccepted ways in Wilmington.
“I think it would be great to at least come up with a process on how a road would be accepted. We have so many unaccepted ways in Wilmington. I know we can’t tackle them all at once. I know this is a long-term project,” O’Mahony began. “But I am concerned. I assumed that all these new streets being built were automatically accepted roads, but I’ve found out that’s not always the case. That’s concerning to me that we would continue to allow unaccepted roads in Wilmington when we have so many already.”
“I would request that, sometime in the not so distant future, the board has a discussion to figure out how to get roads accepted that have been around for years, and to ensure we’re not adding to the problem by continuing to have unaccepted roads on new construction,” continued O’Mahony.
“There has been internal discussions with Town Engineer Paul Alunni, DPW Director Mike Woods, and Planning & Conservation Director Valerige Ginrich about developing a process for accepting more roads,” responded Town Manager Jeff Hull. “We’re looking to bring this before the board at one of its October meeting.”
“The town has completed an inventory of all our unaccepted ways in terms of condition and what we’re up against in terms of cost,” added Town Engineer Paul Alunni, who was in the audience. “We’re processing and reviewing that data now. We’re starting to develop a framework of what a program would look like to systematically reduce the number of unaccepted ways. We have over 200 unaccepted ways.”
“We get calls weekly on this matter. I sympathize with these people,” continued Alunni. “We’re close to presenting a [plan] to the Selectmen, hopefully at a fall meeting.”
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