While they await the ruling from the Department of Environmental Protection, residents will have the chance to discuss the status of the high school project with a pair of Wilmington boards on Monday evening.
The Board of Selectmen and School Committee scheduled a joint meeting for tonight, slated for 7:45 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium. In addition to discussing the latest DEP appeal, board members will also provide a general update on the planning process.
“We’ve tried to be as open and transparent as possible throughout the process,” said Town Manager Michael Caira. “We thought it best to try and respond to the many questions that people have. The appeal process is complex, so we thought it was important to explain it to residents. So that is why we are having the meeting, along with the fact that we want to give a project update.”
Following an appeal by 13 residents, the DEP made a walkthrough of the Church Street land on Thursday. Caira said the meeting town officials, department heads and appellants was a productive one, and the waiting game now begins.
The DEP will make its decision in the next several weeks, and the construction timeline of the plans depends on that ruling.
“I think the town and the appealing residents are essentially in agreement about what needs to be done,” said Caira. “It’s just a matter of communication and clarification.”
Residents are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting to ask questions, and to become informed about the plans. Check back with Wilmington Patch on Tuesday for complete coverage of the meeting.
Caira said he believes the DEP understands the critical nature of the appeal, and thus will move quickly with its decision just as the organization moved quickly in setting up the latest site visit.
“They may use all of the time allowed, but I am hoping by the end of the month we have some type of decision,” said Caira.