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Gym Demolition Up for Discussion Monday Night

During a jam packed Monday meeting, the Board of Selectmen will vote on whether to officially go forward with the February demolition of the high school gym.

Wilmington's Board of Selectmen has plenty on its agenda Monday night. But the biggest item is likely the state of the high school project and more specifically the scheduled demolition of the school's gymnasium.

The meeting is slated to take place inside Town Hall, Room 9, with executive session to discuss the demolition plans at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will open to public discussion at 7 p.m.

First on the agenda is Cuong Bui, who seeks a common victualer license to open Pink Melon Frozen Yogurt at 269 Main Street.

At 7:05 p.m., board members are scheduled to discuss the North Intermediate School window project, which has been delayed after being approved at Town Meeting.

After the status of that project is discussed, the major agenda item will be taken up at 7:20 p.m. Board members will hold a public discussion about the likely February demolition of the high school gymnasium, the first step in high school construction despite the pending appeal at Superior Court.

Following that conversation, selectmen are likely to vote to make the decision official, chairman Mike Newhouse said last week.

Communications items on the agenda include a letter from the project manager of the North Intermediate project, a notice of appearance to Superior Court regarding the high school appeal, a letter from Police Chief Michael Begonis about a violation by CTC Gold and more.

Selectmen will also consider approving several requests, including officially approving the license for the Wilmington Farmers' Market.

Check back with Wilmington Patch on Facebook and Twitter during the meeting for live updates, and we'll have complete meeting coverage on the site Tuesday.

Kevin MacDonald January 14, 2013 at 02:30 PM
If the Board is signing contracts when there is an injunction on the project or will be, then they will cost the town unnecessary money and should be the ones who are demolished (by the voters)!!! The students at Wilmington High School should know that this is extremely disrespectful to them. I hope there is a large student presence at the selectmen's meeting tonight to voice their opposition to this non sense. The students and their parents will be paying dearly for this financial disastrous mess for twenty five years. I hope people have been paying attention to all the tax increases there have been since this project was first proposed. Why is Mr. Newhouse not identifying the complete cost breakdown to the public at the selectmen's meeting? Why is money being spent on another room to prepare it for physical education so the gym can be knocked down and waste more money?
John Smith January 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Just curious why or how this in the Selectmen's jurisdiction? The Town Manager was granted authority by the School Committee to act on their behalf in regards to the new HS not the BOS! I think this Board is overstepping its authority.
Matt Schooley (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM
John, Thanks for your question! From my conversation with town officials, it sounded like it was the Town Manager who wanted this to be a part of the process to ensure that all involved parties are on the same page. Matt
John Smith January 14, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Okay to be part of the process is one thing, but why or should their vote even count??
Kevin MacDonald January 14, 2013 at 04:46 PM
There is a MAJOR lawsuit. The magnitude of which is grossly understated. It is the Selectmen's responsibility to protect the Town. If this goes forward I would be very surprised, but then again, the voters may have to experience severe financial consequences for them to vote these people out of office.
Daniel January 14, 2013 at 05:23 PM
The town has heard enough out of you, nut.
Wayne Sullivan January 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
The sun is out and it's 60 degrees, perfect weather for a new high school! I have my TV, popcorn and soda pop all ready for tonight's meeting.
NP January 15, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Way to go Mr. Chairman!!! I have always been nervous that macdonald would do something very dangerous...Matt you need to do the same...PLEASE
Matt Schooley (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 02:29 AM
John, I wanted to provide you an update in that I was slightly off with what I told you. The discussion by selectmen and vote and tonight's meeting were regarding whether or not to go forward with accepting bids for the project that come in later in the month. I apologize for the confusion. Matt
Joe m January 15, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I also have made little signs and held them up to annoy someone.....in third grade!!
gbd January 15, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Well everyone is making signs here is mine GO AWAY MacDonald. 10 points to Chairman Newhouse for shutting up MacDonald. Next time throw this guy out.
Kevin MacDonald January 15, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Did your third grade sign say that site workers, steel erectors, iron workers, concrete form carpenters are not tradesmen and do not have to go out for competitive bid on the Central Register? Is "the fix in" here? Would it be fair to say that on their best day Mr. Newhouse and his buddie Lou Lou are ,at best, are a financial disaster to this Town? Is there any intelligent life form that can't see through this phoney baloney? What building trade or building profession increases there salary in two years by 250%. The design of the windows for the Shawsheen school cost $84,000 and the North Intermediate is costing $207,000 just two years later. This Town Manager and Selectmen are not fooling anyone but the foolish. I hope you make it through the fourth grade this year Joe m. STOP the shafting of the taxpayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve McMahan January 15, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Maybe they should've discussed the allocation of funds to clean up the Atrocity on Treasure Hill?

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