Town To Form Building Committee For Wildwood School Project, Special Town Meeting Coming Within Next 9 Months

WILMINGTON, MA — This past spring, the Town of Wilmington was invited into the “Eligibility Period” to receive significant grant funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) regarding a future building project to replace the existing Wildwood Early Childhood Center.

The Town must now complete a number of tasks during the “Eligibility Period,” which runs from July 1, 2021 through March 28, 2022, to be eligible for the state’s school construction grant funding.

At its meeting last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen checked a couple of  boxes off the town’s long list of responsibilities over the next nine months.

First, the Board of Selectmen, after consultation with Town Counsel, authorized Chairwoman Lil Maselli to sign the “Initial Certification Compliance (ICC) Form,” a document that establishes the terms and conditions to which the Town must agree in order to participate in the MSBA’s program. After receiving additional signatures from School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand and School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Bryson, the ICC Form must be submitted to the MSBA no later than July 30, 2021.

“The Town is prepared to fully comply with the terms established in the ICC,” added Town Manager Jeff Hull in a memo to the Selectmen.

Second, the Board of Selectmen selected Selectman Greg Bendel as its designee to the School Building Committee for the Wildwood Early Childhood Center project. Bendel, who also  serves on the Senior Center Building Committee, was unanimously selected by his colleagues. Selectman Kevin Caira, who currently serves on the Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee and Ice Rink & Recreation Facility Committee, will serve as Bendel’s alternate.

Within the next nine months, before the Eligibility Period ends, Town Manager Jeff Hull noted that voters will need to approve an appropriation for a feasibility study and schematic design services for the project. With the eligibility period ending on March 28, 2021 and the 2022 Annual Town Meeting slated for April 30, 2022, Hull had previously mentioned that the Selectmen would need to call a Special Town Meeting sometime this winter.

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