DEP Site Visit a 'Good, Substantive Meeting'

Town Manager Michael Caira said Thursday meeting on school grounds was positive, and now

For town and school officials and the residents appealing the project, all that’s now left to do is wait.

Department of Environmental Protection representatives joined officials and petitioning residents on the school grounds on Thursday morning for a site visit, and the DEP will now rule within 30 days on if there is validity to the appeal.

“I thought it was a good, substantive meeting,” said Town Manager Michael Caira. “We had a very civil and constructive dialogue, particularly with the Headwaters Stream Team members that were there. I came away feeling positive about the town’s position. I think the town has done a very good job in presenting its plans, and we now just have to sit and wait.”

Caira said there was a total of about 20 people in attendance during the site visit, including himself, members of the design team and High School Building Committee, various other department heads and about five of the appealing residents.

Because the ruling by DEP is key in the construction timeline, Caira said he believes the decision will come sooner rather than later.

"They appear to be understanding of the critical nature of project and importance to residents of Wilmington," said Caira. "Just as they scheduld very quickly, I’m hopeful they will turn around a decision within the next few weeks."

Wilmington’s Town Manager said for the most part, he believes the town is on the same page as the Headwaters Stream Team. But Caira said there is a significant difference in opinion with other appellants.

The was . A group of 13 residents appealed the Conservation Commission’s decision to rule the school construction as environmentally safe.

with the School Committee on Monday at 7:45 p.m. inside Town Hall to discuss the progress of the school plans and what impact the appeal may have on construction.

Thursday’s visit to the school was the second site visit for DEP representatives. When , the DEP walked through the grounds as well. No decision was needed in that case, however, as the .

“In terms of the protection of wetlands, we have taken the right steps to ensure that,” said Caira. “Certainly the impression I was left with, based on conversations of the group and personal conversations that I’ve had, I believe there has been a productive meeting of the minds and there really is no reason as to why this project can’t go forward.”

Kevin MacDonald June 08, 2012 at 11:25 AM
A substantive meeting would be acknowledging the massive oil spill that is still in the ground. It would also be nice to hear an acknowledgement that there was a recovery of oil that now sits in the evidence room at the police station. A substantive meeting would acknowledge a disastrous design to drain water into an oil spill area where there is no intention to clean it up. A substantive meeting would be divulging the enormous cost(with dollar amount) to clean it up. A substantive meeting would state the tremendous threat this project poses to other communities down stream as well as our abutting water well users. A substantive meeting would explain that changing the site by removing a foundation, a building and a paved parking area that is capping the spill to allow water to infiltrate the oil spill area is totally irresponsible. Its time to acknowledge the colossal mistake and find another site.
Jim Callahan June 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Kevin, you are correct! its the beginning of the APOCALYPSE...the oil is going to rise out of the ground and cause a tsunami down Church St...women and children will be running for their lives...the pollution will run rapid across the metrowest - destroying all signs of life the gets in its way...it will be the end of life as we know it....BUT at least then, the most intelligent man in Wilmington, Kevin MacDonald, a.k.a. "Yertle the Turtle", will be able to stand high on his stack and say "I told you so" to all us unintelligent, ignorant, oil covered peasants....In ALL seriousness, get a grip Mr. MacDonald, you are proving over and over your desperate need for psychiatric help.
Joe m June 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Two thumbs up Mr Callahan!
debmar June 08, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Well said Mr. Callahan, well said!!
Daniel June 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
What a knucklehead MacDonald is
Lennie Malvone June 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Very good Mr Callahan. Now lets see what DEP has to say If they rule infavor of the Town, It will be time to close ranks and get this school off the ground. If not we can get the problem fixed re submit and still build the school . We need people who will come together in and get the job done. As far as Mr Macdonald is concern He has had his say He can continue to speak and write comments to the paper but I think its time, we stop responding His need for attention has really worn out its welcome.
One of 1,426 June 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mr. Callahan that post has my vote for post of the year, Well said.
Chris D June 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree Lennie. There is no point in trying to have an intelligent dialogue with someone who refuses to provide any facts, feels only his opionion is right and jumps from issue to issue when challenged with reasonable questions. Lets not give him anymore attention or our time.
Steve H June 08, 2012 at 08:12 PM
well spoken lennie and jim
Kevin MacDonald June 09, 2012 at 01:11 AM


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