SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: Town Accepts $5,000 Donation To Support First Responders; Residents To Vote On New Bylaws At April Town Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five takeaways from last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:

#1) The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Jeff Hull thanked Lowell Five Bank for its recent $5,000 donation to support the town’s public safety departments. “Lowell Five’s continuing commitment to serving the financial needs of Wilmington’s residents in addition to these donations once again demonstrates Lowell Five’s investment in our community,” noted Hull in a thank you letter to the bank.

#2) The Board of Selectmen heard a brief update from the Wilmington Inhabitant Bylaw Study Committee. Chair and former Town Moderator Rob Peterson, Town Clerk Elizabeth Lawrenson, and member and former Selectman Mike McCoy discussed the committee’s work product. The Committee consulted with ECode 360 to conduct a critique of the existing bylaws in order to eliminate conflicts and ambiguities and make the bylaws more user-friendly for residents. The Committee, with ECode 360’s assistance, reviewed each passage to ensure it was accurate, up-to-date, and legally enforceable. The bylaws have been reorganized and renumbered as part of the process. Town Clerk Lawrenson referred to most of the changes are “administrative” and “housekeeping.” The draft of the bylaw will be posted on the town’s website in advance of April 30 Annual Town Meeting where residents will be asked to approve the updates. Member Mike McCoy noted that there are some old bylaws still on the books that need to be changed or eliminated. He pointed out that, under the current bylaws, if you’re taking a shower or bath in your home between midnight and 6am, the police can arrest you.

#3) The Board of Selectmen received a written update from DPW Director Mike Woods that the town’s water systems continue to function properly and all required sampling by regulators are being performed by staff, including monthly PFAS tests. PFAS results remain extremely low. Residents with any concerns about drinking water should contact DPW’s Business and Utility Manager Joseph Lobao at 978-658-4711.

#4) Town Manager Jeff Hull announced the Finance Committee Meeting Schedule in the lead up to the April 30 Annual Town Meeting. The Finance Committee will be examining each town’s department budget at a series of PUBLIC meetings at which residents are welcome to attend. Meetings are typically held in Room 9 of Town Hall. Start times are approximate.

  • Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm: FY23 Budget Overview; Revenue; General Government, including debt service, unclassified, statutory charges; Insurance accounts & miscellaneous
  • Thursday, January 27 at 7pm: Planning & Conservation
  • Thursday, January 27 at 7:30pm: Building Inspector & Board of Appeals
  • Thursday, January 27 at 8pm: Board of Health
  • Tuesday, February 1 at 7pm: Department of Public Works & Public Buildings Department
  • Thursday, February 3 at 7pm: Veterans’ Services
  • Thursday, February 3 at 7:30pm: Elderly Services
  • Tuesday, February 8 at 7pm: Police Department
  • Tuesday, February 8 at 8pm: Public Safety Central Dispatch
  • Tuesday, February 8 at 8:30pm: Fire Department
  • Thursday, February 10 at 7pm: Public Library
  • Thursday, February 10 at 7:30pm: Recreation
  • Thursday, February 10 at 8pm: Historical Commission
  • Thursday, February 17 at 7pm: Town Clerk
  • Thursday, February 17 at 7:30pm: Information Technology
  • Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm: Wilmington Public Schools
  • Thursday, March 3 at 7pm: Shawsheen Tech

#5) In a written letter, resident Paul Chalifour expressed concerns relative to the Highland Estates/Darby Lane residential development located at 45-47 Hopkins Street. Chalifour, an abutter to the project, was specifically concerned about what he perceives as earth removal bylaw violations, road openings bylaw violations, permitted work schedule violations, and blasting taking place in violation of permit conditions and parameters. Chalifour hopes to be placed on the agenda for the board’s January 24, 2022 meeting so he can speak to the Selectmen in-person about his concerns.

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