MacDonald Says 'I Don't Think It's Over Yet' After Dismissal

Kevin MacDonald said he and others are weighing their options after the Department of Environmental Protection dismissed their high school appeals.

Though the Department of Environmental Protection dismissed both high school appeals, Kevin MacDonald said he does not believe it is the end of the road for himself and other residents who oppose the project.

“I don’t think it’s over yet,” said MacDonald, who didn’t provide specific details as to what the next step may be. “We’re evaluating our options and talking to our attorneys. We feel as though the presiding officer has erred and made hasty decisions when we submitted documentation supporting our case.”

Multiple attempts by Patch to reach Gerry O’Reilly, the other appeal spokesman, for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Upon dismissing the appeals, Hearings Officer Tim Jones said he will release a report by October 12 indicating why he ruled in favor of the town in its Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Decision.

MacDonald claims the town filed information early this week, and before appellants were able to respond with testimony from their expert witness, the case was dismissed.

“(Jones) probably got nervous that we actually had something of substance to offer, so he didn’t want to let it get to a hearing,” said MacDonald. “It doesn’t surprise us. The DEP official is hearing an appeal of a DEP ruling. It’s a conflict of interest. It’s a kangaroo court situation and I think it’s unfortunate for the people of Wilmington.”  

According to MacDonald, the artificial turf presents hazards to the environment and players on the field. MacDonald referenced a pair of links that he believes prove the fields are higher maintenance than residents were told. He also said there is an increased risk of injury and staph infections when teams play on turf.

Despite the ruling against his appeal, MacDonald said he will continue to find a way to fight the project. 

“We’re going to keep weighing our options,” said MacDonald. “We’re very disappointed the DEP doesn’t understand that their mission is to protect the environment. We’re questioning if they understand that. We’ve felt their mission is to protect the environment. It’s pretty obvious.”

Daniel October 06, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Kevin is done. The one who can appeal this now is O'Reilly, the Angry Abutter. The court battle would be foolhardy and cost him a fortune. If he does it, the town should move to take his property by immenent domain.
Thomas Convery October 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I totally disagree with the following statements by Kevin MacDonald..According to MacDonald, the artificial turf presents hazards to the environment and players on the field. MacDonald referenced a pair of links that he believes prove the fields are higher maintenance than residents were told. He also said there is an increased risk of injury and staph infections when teams play on turf. Colleges and Universities across the United States are all moving toward getting turf fields.Also most are adding lights when they put the turf fields in. One of the reasons is LESS maintenance. You NEVER have to cut the grass or pull weeds.You do NOT have to use chemicals to help the grass grow or for weed control.You NEVER have to spread “Turf builder” to help the grass get the nutrients it needs. You do NOT have to line the field every couple of weeks. There is MUCH less rescheduling of games. You can have the football team play on Friday night under the lights in pouring rain and still have the girls play soccer on Saturday morning. Without turf you have to cancel the Friday night game because the field will be in NO shape for any team to play on it for a couple of days if the football team played a game in the pouring rain.Colleges and Universities have some of the brightest minds in America running them. Does Kevin really think these people would let their students play on turf if they felt their students had an increased risk of injury's and staph infections ?
Thomas Convery October 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Recently the Wilmington High Girl’s soccer team played a game under the lights against Stoneham High (and won) at the high school field.It was used as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer. Having the game scheduled as a night game allowed many more parents to see their girls play. Having afternoon games makes it tough on working parents trying to see their kids play high school sports. Turf field and lights in Wilmington sounds like a win win for everyone.
Kevin MacDonald October 07, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Kevin MacDonald October 07, 2012 at 02:00 AM
The Pirates, Reds, Mariners, Phillies, Cardinals, have abondoned turf for natural grass. Major league baseball teams are owned by billionaires who can afford to pay for artificial turf. They're wealthy but they're not stupid. If it is so great why are they abondoning it? You apparently have not read the story of Boone Baker from Texas. Here is the link scroll down and read his story. http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/MRSA_in_Athletes
Steve H October 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Kevin what do u do. First it was the school shouldn't be torn down. Then it was the oil, now the field, if this doesn't show that you are nothing more than a thorn in the side of the town, nothing will. Do us all a favor, nobody asked you to protect the town of wilmington, like you like to claim you are doing. For once in your miserable life be a man, admit you lost and move on.
Kevin MacDonald October 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Hey Stevie, You should try reading the posting links and bring yourself up to speed on the facts, or would actually putting an effort into something cause a thorn in your side?
Wayne Sullivan October 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Once again a spin on reality...both authors of the article you suggest we all read are providers of grass and not artificial turf which means of course for business purposes and marketing they will promote grass over artificial turf - Marketing 101, Business 101 and Finances 101. If they were pushing turf they would be putting themselves out of business. They are business owners trying to push their product over the competition. Try an independent evaluation from someone who doesn't stand to gain from the alternative to artificial turf. With information like this it is no wonder the court threw your case out. I can google with the best of them, but at times your search results are nothing more than a personal or corporate media blitz for hopeful future financial gain. Move on!
Steve H October 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Kevie, I have looked into the pros and cons of the new highschool and the turf field and i am in favor of both. Sorry you are not the only one that can do research. The problem with you is you can't admit when you are wrong. You claim you are protecting wilmington. Other than george L. please name one other person that wants you protecting them. Your first issue was the oil in the ground, you went so far as to impersonate a town official when that arguement was to have no validity, you are now claiming the turf field will cause harm. What is next. Like i said for once in your miserable life, act like a man and admit when you are wrong.
Steve H October 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Kevin, Just read your link (EVERY PAGE), as wayne states this is written and created by a company that promotes natural grass fields. The link you provided mentions midwest schools, nowhere in this paper is their a quote from anyone at the those schools. The article mentions MLB and the NFl, nowhere in this paper is there a quote from anyone in these leagues. Any company or person for that matter such as yourself can create and write a paper. It might carry more weight if there were actually anyone expressing their views other than the two people who wrote it. But I wouldn't expect anything less from a the self appointed savior of the town,
Kevin MacDonald October 08, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Dearest Wayne, you apparently don't pay attention when you read. The company doing the research and the presentation stated that it considered adding artificial turf to its line of business offerings. I am sure they probably used Marking 101, Business 101, Finances 101, along with risk/ reward 101 but just not from your institute of edumacation. Why would anyone want to see the Town get screwed over? I guess people like you have a tough time accepting that fact you've been duped or are you one of the ones doing the duping and using a fake name?
Wade Samatis Kennedy October 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Kevin, they are abandoning turf because they are raking in additional profit from endorsement deals. If you believe it is for health reasons, please back up that claim as others have asked. "But the tradition and majesty of the game is but one benefit to be had from blades of fresh green on the fields. There’s money to be made, too! Major League Baseball has entered into a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Scotts (as in Scotts Turf-Builder and other lawn products.)" http://sportsthenandnow.com/2010/01/20/grass-is-in-at-major-league-baseball-stadiums/
Robert S. October 08, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Mr. MacDonald – Of course the company decided not to bring the Artificial Turf into their Natural Turf business. Would you promote a single installation of a product or a yearly contract to install and maintain the natural turf? I think not. I normally read your rhetoric and decide as most people on these exchanges that you have an axe to grind with the Town of Wilmington and its residents. I now see there are no lengths to which you will go to stop improvements to this town. It is time to take your axe and either quietly admit defeat or move. I moved my family to this town based on the statement of our former Town Manager, Michael A. Caira; “The essence of Wilmington is captured in the spirit of its people. Wilmington is a community that values its children and reveres its seniors. It is a community with a generous heart and an open mind. It is a community that welcomes change but respects tradition….” Please let the residents of this town live up to this vision. The majority should no longer be held back by the minority.
NP October 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
All this arguing is for nothing anyway....with the recent publicity of the medical findings, and the dangerous consequences for our youth, the football programs are going to be null and void before you know it...
Kevin MacDonald October 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Robert, If the essence of Wilmington is captured in the spirit of its people and if Wilmington Town Officials really valued its children and revered its seniors why would they be hammering them for $82 million dollars for a 193,443 square foot building. This professional cost estimating company who's link I have provided for you shows a square foot cost of $197 per square foot for building the most expensive model in the most expensive location in Mass. with union labor. $197 multiplied by 193,443 square feet would be $38,108,271. I think you should get your philosophy from someone other than philosopher Caira. http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/rsmeans/models/high-school/massachusetts/boston/
Richard Jertz October 08, 2012 at 04:05 PM
How many 15 minutes of fame are we going to give to Kev? The question I feel that everyone wants to know is Does Kevin have a job? I beleive that most of us work and have families. I know that I do not have time to prepare a 400 page argument on why we shouldn't build a new high school. One minute it is cost, next it is a scene from the Beverly Hillbillies and oil has been discovered, now its the turf field is causing side effects like viagra and a scene from 2 and a half men. We need to help Kevin with the 2 projects that matter to him. We need moving sidewalks on Deming Way and we need to help the house on Concord Street fix the fence so they can remove the hideous blue tarp.
Steve H October 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Couldn't agree more, Kev lost his license to perform his chosen career. Wondering if this has anything to do with everyone of his complaints against the town. You are so right when he is proven to have no evidence on one complaint, he goes to another, proven wrong again he moves to a third. This is a person who impersonated a town official. Enough said.
Richard Jertz October 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Kev, I made a call on your behalf. Good news. Mr. Spacely is willing to help you with the sidewalks on Deming Way.
Kevin MacDonald October 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
No comments on the financial aspect Richard? How are those contracts doing that are not going out for bid on the Central Registry? I guess you can't handle a responsible analysis and actually standing up against something being done that is not in the best interest of the community. My positions are backed up with evidence where is your back up. Show us an itemized list of costs and breakdowns and advertised requests for all bids on the State's Central Registry.
Steve H October 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I will comment on the financial aspect of it, isn't the state paying a hefty part of that 82 million, so kevin the town is not getting hammered for 82 million, once again your propaganda machine is broke
Kevin MacDonald October 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Wouldn't it be better if the State was paying a hefty part of $38,108,271 and the Town's responsibility was only $19 million instead of $40 million. Who in there right mind knocks down a structurally sound building when there are other places to build a school. The Town could build its own hockey arena that would be self supporting and generate revenue. Don't look for this to happen with hacks making the calls and people like you supporting them. A respected cost estimating firm and supporting statistics and facts are not propaganda. People like you with no vision will always resort to name calling and distortions and personal attacks because you don't have it in you to come up with sound reasoning and proposals that are not flawed. You don't even have the guts to post your real name.
Melissa Erickson October 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
STOP! Just STOP. Seriously. We've heard it. We voted on it. Move on from it. STOP. Find a hobby. Get a job. Pay taxes. Go for a walk. Go for a run - a long run - like Forrest Gump did. Start a shrimping business like Forrest. Mow the law. Join Match.com and find someone else who will listen to you. Do something GOOD. Do something ELSE. Fix the crap at the end of Treasure Hill. Do something that has nothing to do with this. Stop being a thorn in this town's side. You are like the boy that cried Wolf. Even if you EVER in your life had or will have a valid point nobody is going to care because you have used up your time. STOP for the love of all that is good - STOP.
Steve H October 08, 2012 at 10:43 PM
So you are admitting that when you said 82 million you were lying and wrong.
Steve H October 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Mr. Paranoid who do u think i am, i have told you numerous times that my name is steve last name ends in h with 3 other letters, how come everyone else on here that knows me has figured it out, but you can't. not as smart as u think u are. So If i am not steve h, who am, please tell everyone here who u really think i am
Maya October 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Impersonating a town official should land him in jail. Has anyone looked into this to see if charges could be filed? Does Kevin own a home? If not he isn't paying taxes so he should have no say.
Richard Jertz October 09, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Kev what is the issue with Treasure Hill taht people have mentioned? Maybe you and the others you mention can tackle that issue and then fix the fence on Concord Street with the blue tarp holding it up.
Robert S. October 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Kevin, as I no longer believe the respect of Mr. MacDonald is needed; I have read your article on Union Labor vs. Open Shop and want to point out one major issue with your claim. You live in Massachusetts. This state is and presumably will always be a UNION state. I do not say that this is right or wrong. I also agree that an Open Shop would probably be more cost effective in the long run, but this is not a viable option for a municipality in our state. Maybe this is yet another reason for you to find a new locale. A sub-issue with your article is that, as the article states; ‘Costs are derived from a building model that assumes basic components, using union labor for a 130000 square foot building.’ Does the High School Plan call for such basic components? We, the majority of townspeople of Wilmington, MA, have asked that a new modern high school be constructed. I do not believe that the Reed Construction Data is accounting for this in their analysis. In closing, I would like to say to your blatant lies, ‘…hammering them for $82 million dollars for a 193,443 square foot building’. You will twist any word, document, or, from what I understand, professional title ( Mr. Town Offical) to try and manipulate your cause. This runs up there with some of the best politicians and/or dictators, in history. There are a few that are brought to mind, but I will reserve the right to allow others and yourself to think of your own.
Kevin MacDonald October 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Dear Robert S, you apparently are unable to carefully read a link. The reed construction data link clearly shows nonunion and UNION labor. I happen to have chosen the most expensive model using UNION labor which is usually more money. When the proposed school's square footage is multiplied by the most expensive cost per square foot in the models offered it shows a drastic,alarming, and concerning difference in cost. I think this warrants a much closer look into contracts and bids. The people of Wilmington deserve better. The State has a CENTRAL REGISTRY for a reason, maybe, you should check it out and find out why. The model shows a much more expensive way to build. I believe I recall hearing The Town's architect say that the school will be a steel frame with precast concrete slabs. Don't forget the "SIMULATED stone" on the proposed fascade. With regard to your comment about the turf company in the link, You again failed to acknowledge that they wanted to add this line of business to there business offerings but found huge problems. Are you not able to at least concede that these should be carefully looked at by the Town to weigh the negative consequences. Do you really think the Town Officials presented all these facts to the voters? I DON'T!!!!
Mike M October 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Kevin, Those numbers also assume you are building the school in 2008. I'm quite confident building materials are not the same cost, nor is the labor as it was 4 years ago. It also assumes no basement. While I don't believe ours is calling for a full basement, there is a subterranean aspect to it, which would certainly add to the cost.
Dana L. February 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Let's not dismiss all of Mr. MacDonald's concerns as nonsense. We should all take a close look at what those issues are, before we o.k. anything.


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