SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Tree Lighting Set For December 7, Company Looking At $21 Million Expansion In Wilmington

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:

#1) MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON BALLARDVALE: Monogram Foods is looking to significantly expand its facility on Ballardvale Street, investing $18.5 million in real property and $2.5 million in personal property, and adding 35 new jobs. The company, which specializes in beef jerky, sausage, hot dogs, pre-cooked bacon, and other processed food items, is applying for the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, the same program Analog Devices recently took advantage of as part of their expansion. Town officials have not yet spoken directly with Monogram Foods about the project.

#2) TOWN TREE LIGHTING: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Fourth of July Committee to use the Town Common for the Annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 4pm to 7pm. Per tradition, Santa will arrive at 6pm to light the Common. The event’s popular features — including horse-drawn hay rides and kiddie rides from Cushing Amusements — will be back. The Fourth of July Committee is expected to announce the details of the event this week.

#3) CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS GRANT AWARD: The Town’s IT Director John O’Neil successfully applied for a cybersecurity awareness grant from the state.

“The grant is intended to provide education to end users about how to use technology in a way that minimizes risk of infecting our computers with ransomware and malware,” said Hull, who noted other towns have fallen victims to these viruses. “It’s great John was able to purse this and we’re looking forward to having the training rolled out.”

School employees, as well as town employees, will receive this grant-funded training.

#4) FESTIVAL OF TREES: Selectmen approved the request of We’re One Wilmington to place signs on the Town Common promoting their upcoming Festival of Trees. The 9th Annual Festival of Trees will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 9am to 3pm, at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue) in Wilmington. Read more HERE.

#5) AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: Town Manager Jeff Hull announced three affordable condo opportunities in Wilmington at Spruce Farm. Applications are available online at www.laassoc.com or on paper at the Town Hall and Library. Please note the income, asset, and age restrictions. Contact Kristen Costa at 978-758-0197 or kriscosta@laassoc.com with any questions.

Affordable Housing Opportunity

(NOTE: Cover photo from Paul Oliver of Paul Oliver Photography.)

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