SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: Effort To Make Wilmington Playgrounds More Inclusive; Olin Cleanup Setback; Truck Exclusion Proposed For Woburn St.

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen met on Monday, January 25, 2021. While the meeting was dominated by the Town Manager’s FY22 budget presentation and a COVID-19 update from Health Director Shelly Newhouse and Fire Chief Bill Cavanaugh, here is what you may have missed:

  • Wilmington High School sophomore Allison Bolanos informed the board of her intentions to raise funds for the purchase and installation of communication boards to be placed on the playgrounds at Wilmington’s early childhood centers and elementary schools. These 3′ x 5′ boards, which cost $725 a piece, will allow non-verbal students to communicate with verbal students. Bolanos will seek the permission of School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand and the School Committee.
  • A Princeton Elm tree will be planted on the Town Common this April in recognition of Robert Allen, Wilmington’s former longtime foreman of the Public Works Tree Division. The tree, which costs $400 to $500 and will be donated by Allen’s sister Ginny, will replaced a diseased tree that needs to be removed.
  • The Town has submitted a truck exclusion on a portion of Woburn Street — between the intersections of Woburn Street/Eames Street and Woburn Street/Lowell Street — to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The move has the support of Wilmington Police, Wilmington DPW, and the Woburn Mayor. The state typically takes 3-6 months to approve or deny such a request.
  • The Wilmington Sons of Italy will be holding a Drive-Thru Diaper Donation Drive on Saturday, March 27, 2021 and Sunday, March 28, 2021, in the Municipal Parking Lot next to the Fourth of Jul Building. Selectmen unanimously approved the request to use the lot. The organization will announce more details soon.
  • In an Olin Superfund Site update, the EPA warned the town that “the seismic methods approved in the Data Gaps Workplan may not be sufficient to collect the high resolution data required…. EPA is meeting with Olin to discuss the data collected thus far and evaluate if another method is required to obtain the high resolution data needed to assess top of bedrock and bedrock features. The on-property seismic work is currently on hold until Olin and EPA are in agreement with the path forward.”

The Wilmington Board of Selectmen next meets on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom.

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