20 POSITIVE Things That Happened At The May 10 Wilmington Board Of Selectmen Meeting

Below are TEN (10) things the Wilmington Board of Selectmen approved at its latest meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021:

#1) NEW CHAIR: In just her second meeting, Selectwoman Lillian Maselli was elected Chair in an unanimous vote during the board’s annual reorganization. Selectman Kevin Caira had first nominated Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, but O’Mahony declined the nomination, opting instead to nominate Maselli. Selectman Greg Bendel had stepped up and served in the role on an interim basis for a few weeks following former Chair Jonathan Eaton’s election to Town Moderator. Maselli will serve as Chair for the next 12 months through the 2022 Annual Town Meeting.

#2) LICENSE FOR NEW INDIAN RESTRAUANT: Majit Singh, owner of Punjab Corner, the new Indian Restaurant at 433 Main Street, Unit A, next to the Wilmington Commuter Rail station, was granted his request for a common victulaer license. This will allow him to serve food to sit-down diners, not just takeout. Visit the restaurant’s website to learn more about its menu. “Thank you for choosing Wilmington,” Selectman Bendel told Singh.

#3) CONCERTS ON THE COMMON: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell to use the Town Common and Gazebo for a Summer Concert Series on the evenings of Wednesdays: July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4. (Rain dates are the next nights on Thursdays.) Concerts, which run from 6:30pm to 8pm, will feature Ball In The House (July 7), Jimmy & The Jesters (July 14), BackTrack (July 21), and Perfect Crime (July 28). Masks are required.

#4) SCHOOL CONCERTS ON THE COMMON: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Anita DiLullo and the Wilmington Public Schools Performing Arts Department to use the Town Common and Gazebo for a High School Jazz Band Concert on Tuesday, May 25 (rain date: Friday, May 28) and a North & West Strings Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, June 1 (rain date: Thursday, June 3).

#5) PROMENDADE ON THE COMMON: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Sue Murray and Wilmington High School, on behalf of the WHS Class of 2021, to the use the Town Common for a pre-prom promenade this Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:30pm. The prom will be taking place at the Castleton Banquet Hall in Windham, NH at 6pm.

#6) TOWN SHREDDING DAY IN THE COMMON PARKING LOT: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Dianna DiGregorio, President of the Wilmington Community Fund, to use the Town Common Parking Lot for another Community Shredding Day on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 9am to noon.

#7) LIBRARY EVENTS FOR CHILDREN ON THE SWAIN GREEN: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Library Director Tina Stewart to use the Swain Green space for Children’s Summer Programs on Saturday, June 19 at 11am; Monday, June 28 at 6:30pm; Monday, July 12 at 6:30pm; Monday, July 19 at 4pm; and Monday, August 9 at 6:30pm.

#8) WHS CLASS REUNION ON THE COMMON: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Rosie Wallant, on behalf of the Wilmington High School Class of 1976, to use the Town Common for a 45th Class Reunion, pending the selection of a conflict-free date.

#9) MEMORIAL GATHERING ON THE COMMON: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Beth Elliott-Morris to use the Town Common on Monday, July 26 at 11am for a family gathering in remembrance of her mother.

#10) CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: The Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Lynn A. Powers, MSW, to retroactively proclaim May 2 through May 8 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in the Town of Wilmington. Town Manager Jeff Hull read a proclamation discussing the importance of children’s mental health.

Below are TEN (10) more pieces of good news coming out of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s latest meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021:

#1) COVID CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN TOWN: Wilmington’s positive COVID-19 cases have decreased from 105 (April 9) to 40 (May 7), according to data provided by Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse. 40% of the Wilmington’s eligible population has already been fully vaccinated.

#2) TOWN HALL TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC NEXT WEEK: Wilmington’s Town Hall is scheduled to reopen to residents on Monday, May 17 after being closed for more than one year due to COVID-19. Anyone who enters Town Hall is expected to wear a mask unless they are unable to do so due to medical reasons. Individuals who are unable to wear masks will be accommodated by staffing working with them through a window or another location outside the building. Learn more HERE.

#3) TREE CITY USA DESIGNATION OFFICIAL: Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the Arbor Day Foundation has officially notified the town that it has earned recognition as a “Tree City USA” for 2020 for “making the planting and care of trees a priority.” Wilmington is 1 of 3,600 communities nationwide to receive this designation. Learn more HERE.

#4) TOWN THANKS SHRINERS FOR FREE USE OF AUDITORIUM FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: Town Manager Jeff Hull shared a letter he sent to the Shriners, thanking them for their “tremendous generosity” in allowing the town of use their auditorium — free of charge — to host the May 1 Annual Town Meeting. Hull called the donation of space a “tremendous gift to the town” and “the latest in a string of generous offerings, including conducting the 2020 Presidential election and holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for residents 75 and older…. The Shriners are the exemplars of community engagement, service above self and offering a helping hand.”

#5) FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE MAY HOLD SMALLER CELEBRATION IN LATE SUMMER/EARLY FALL: Town Manager Jeff Hull shared with the board a letter from Patrick Giroux, the new President of the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee. While the committee made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Fun on the Fourth festivities, Giroux did note: “Should conditions improve throughout the summer, the committee may decide to hold a smaller event in the later summer or early fall.” Giroux stressed that the decision to cancel the Fun on the Fourth was not made lightly, and heavy consideration was given to local, state and federal guidance for large festivals.

#6) MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & ALL THE CEREMONIES ARE STILL A GO: Wilmington Director of Veterans Services Lou Cimaglia gave a presentation to the Board of Selectmen, explaining his department’s plans for Memorial Day. On Saturday, May 29, the veterans graves at Wildwood will be decorated at 8am. Squares & memorials will then be decorated beginning at 10:15am. On Sunday, May 30, following a Memorial Mass, there will be a re-dedication of the Wilmington Memorial Library at noon, then a re-dedication of the Public Safety Building at 1pm, followed by a re-dedication of the Veteran Monument on Town Common at 1:15pm. On Monday, May 31, world famous Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10am from Market Basket parking lot. WHS band will stop twice during the route to play. Cimaglia and his team are working with Board of Health on safety protocols. He noted that no hot dogs will be provided to children marching due to COVID-19. The crowds are going to have to spread out along the 1.5-mile stretch of Routes 38 & 62. Memorial Day Ceremony at Wildwood will start at 11am. “I’m so proud of this town,” Cimaglia told the board. “The way we honor our veterans year-round is an amazing, amazing thing. I talk to veteran agents from other towns. We have one of the best towns as far as supporting our fallen war fighters & their families.”

#7) LATE VETERAN HONORED: At the end of their meeting, during their recurring “Salute To Service” segment, Selectmen honored Ken Lyon, who passed away in April. Lydon served in the U.S. Navy, on the USS Carbonero submarine, stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was also a very active member of the Wilmington community, including as a leader of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion, as well as a past longtime coach for Pop Warner and basketball. Read his obituary HERE.

#8) SELECTMEN TO FIX THE PROCESS IT USES TO APPOINT DESIGNEES TO TOWN COMMITTEES: After thorough discussion, Selectmen agreed to re-evaluate how it appoints their designees to town committees. Currently, the designees serve indefinitely, without a term limit. Selectman Bendel joked that the only two groups of people who have lifetime appointments are Supreme Court justices and Board of Selectmen designees. Selectmen currently have designees appointed to: Commission on Disabilities, Economic Development Committee, Inhabitant Bylaw Study Committee, Library Strategic Planning Committee, Open Space & Recreation Committee, Ice Rink & Recreation Facility Committee, Senior Center Building Committee, Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee, and the MBTA Advisory Board. While further discussion is needed, several Selectmen suggested that the Town Manager check in with the board’s designees every year to ensure they wish to continue to serve. Selectwomen O’Mahony and Maselli also asked that these committees report back to the Selectmen on a regular basis — a practice that is happening with some committees, but not all.

#9) ALL UPCOMING NATIONAL GRID WORK TO TAKE PLACE EXCLUSIVELY AT NIGHT: Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that National Grid will be conducting necessary natural gas main replacements and other infrastructure improvements in the areas of 2 to 20 Lowell Street and 460 to 615 Main Street, from mid-May to mid-July. To minimize the impact on drivers, all work will take place at night, between 7pm and 5am, Monday through Saturday. … In a semi-related note, Hull also announced that Eversource Energy will be conducting vegetation maintenance this spring in the area of Progress Way.

#10) NAME CHANGE COMING? Selectman Gary DePalma is behind the push to change the name of the Board of Selectmen to the “Select Board.” He feels it’s especially appropriate given that, for the time in the history of the town, two women are serving together on the board. At Monday’s meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull explained the process will be long and require multiple votes at the next Town Meeting, the cooperation of the Planning Board, and the filing and passage of a bill at the State House. Learn more HERE.

Editor’s Note: Additional items from this meeting not listed above will be covered tomorrow.

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