Wilmington’s Board of Selectmen discussed a wide variety of issues on Tuesday night, including the Farmers Market, high school delays and a new hire at Town Hall.
After Victor and May Hui, the owners of the restaurant previously known as Royal Dynasty, updated board members on the progress of their renovations, Health Director Shelly Newhouse provided information on an upcoming Substance Abuse Awareness Night. For complete coverage of that topic, check back with Patch at 5 p.m.
Next up was Dana Burnham, who gave a presentation on the 2012 Wilmington Farmers Market season, and what the group hopes to do next year.
“Switching the hours this year made a big difference,” said Burnham, the Farmers Market president. “We had steadier crowds, but no long lines like there were in the first season. It was a steadier flow of people throughout the day.”
Burnham expects more of the same next year, but she said the group is trying to figure out if the longer season resulted in smaller crowds. She also added that the biggest focus in the upcoming months will be a marketing campaign to spread the word about the organization in advance of next summer.
The high school appeals were briefly mentioned during the session. Town officials are still waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner on whether he will reconsider his decision to accept the dismissal of both school appeals.
“The Board of Selectmen every single day is doing what we can to advance this project and we remain imminently confident that at this step and the next step we will prevail in this case,” said chairman Mike Newhouse.
A letter from Town Manager Jeff Hull officially informed board members about the hiring of Karen Rassias as the new Principal Assessor, replacing the retired Skip Moynihan.
Rassias will take over the position on Monday, December 3.
In an announcement that board members called “great news,” they were given a letter from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue certifying that as of July 1, 2012, the town has $11,255.673 in available funds or free cash.
“It clearly demonstrates the benefits of conservative budgeting and the plan that, quite frankly, Mike Caira put into place for a number of years,” said Hull.