Town Manager Thanks Shriners For Providing Auditorium Free Of Charge For Presidential Election Voting

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull read the following letter into the record at this week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting:

Dear Mr. Bartlett:

The Board of Selectmen, the Town Clerk and I wish to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to you for the tremendous generosity offered to the Town of Wilmington by hosting the 2020 Presidential Election. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each of us both personally and in the way we conduct business. Unfortunately, for far too many, this illness has had tragic consequences.

Town Clerk Christine Touma-Conway recognized early on that, given the restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic and the expected turnout for the Presidential Election, the Town’s customary polling locations would not enable residents to cast their votes in a safe and expeditious manner. The size and accessibility of the auditorium and parking availability proved to be the perfect solution to welcome residents to vote from all of our six (6) voting precincts. Shelia Bissett, Events Manager, was, as always, the epitome of an accommodating consummate professional. She worked with the Town Clerk and our Public Buildings staff to meet all of our needs.

Additionally, we thank the Shriners for permitting access to the auditorium not only on Election Day, but during the days leading up to the election for set-up and the day following the election for final breakdown and moving of furniture. Use of the Shriners Auditorium was offered at no cost to the Town. The Aleppo Shriners are guided by the principle of performing good deeds and helping others. Your assistance to the Town is only one more example of this kind spirit.

Words cannot fully express our appreciation for this act of kindness. Be safe.


Jeffrey Hull, Town Manager

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