Wilmington Bylaw Review Committee To Discuss 360+ Proposed Edits; Hold Series Of Public Meetings In July & August

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Bylaw Review Committee Chair Robert Peterson Jr. has invited the Board of Selectmen to the Committee’s next meeting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 4:30pm in the Town Hall Auditorium.

The Committee hired a company — General Code — to conduct an Editorial and Legal Analysis of the town’s existing inhabitant bylaws. General Code recently completed its work and has submitted its draft report for the Committee to review.

“I think something like 364 corrections were found,” Selectman Gary DePalma told his colleagues last week. “There are a number of them that are just spelling or grammar corrections, but some are more in-depth. We’ve received all these recommendations and we’re going to start going through them on the 13th.”

DePalma, who serves with Peterson on the Committee, stressed that he’d like to see the Committee and the Selectmen be in harmony with one another during this process.

“That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to invite the Selectmen to the Committee’s next meeting, so you could understand the process that we’ll be undertaking to make these corrections,” reiterated DePalma. “Some corrections are as simple as the word ‘bylaw’ being spelled differently. But there are some more [serious] matters that need addressing.”

In response to Selectman Kevin Caira’s suggestion that the meeting be moved to later in the evening, instead of 4:30pm, DePalma responded that the meetings are purposely scheduled on the early side as they’re anticipated to last 3-4 hours, and encompass a lot of debate.

The Committee expects to meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 4:30pm in July and August at Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

Town Manager Jeff Hull suggested that Town Clerk Tina Touma-Conway email Selectmen the draft report and if they cannot attend the meeting on July 13, that they review the report and offer comments or questions.

“It’s about 300 pages of corrections,” added DePalma, who agreed with Hull that the Town Clerk could send the report to the Selectmen for their review in advance of the meeting.

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