Rep. Miceli Weighs in on High School Appeals

State Representative James Miceli said the delays are unfortunate, but residents are within their legal rights to appeal.

State Representative James Miceli said he’s been monitoring the of in Wilmington that has that was .

Miceli said he backs the construction of a new school, and that while he is disappointed to see the delays, he supports residents’ rights to file the appeals.

“You have a process going on right now which to a lot of people might be frustrating,” said Miceli. “This is the process. We can dislike it, but these folks, good or bad, have the legal right to do what they’re doing. I’m not happy about it. It seems to be never ending.”

The State Representative said that while he was not a part of what went on behind the scenes in the weeks and months leading up to the appeal, he wonders if anything could have been done differently to prevent the delays.

“Could anything have been done months ago to preclude this from happening?” said Miceli. “This is unfortunate. It’s unfortunate, but I ask that question again. I wasn’t privy, so I don’t know. Maybe someone made an effort to preclude all of this. But some of the folks who are appealing this project are playing the process that is made available to them.”

Miceli has been present at multiple public forums about the school, and has seen first hand how contentious the discussions have gotten in recent months.

When resident Kevin MacDonald, who is the spokesperson for the latest appeal, was following an exchange with Town Manager Michael Caira, Miceli was in attendance and spoke out against the decision to get police involved.

“This has become very bitter, and that is a shame,” said Miceli. “People have taken advantage of the rights given to them … I think everyone should sit down around the table and try to bury the hatchet. That may be possible, but it may not.”

Several Wilmington Patch readers expressed concern that there are four residents who signed the appeal.

Those residents have questioned whether the Deming Way senior citizens were taken advantage of as petitioners readied their appeal.

“That’s an interesting question,” said Miceli. “They have the right to sign any petition they want to sign. I would assume that they knew what they were signing. You have an astute crew down there, and they stay up to date on the issues in town. I would hope that they read the appeal before signing it, but the only other person who would be able to answer that question is the person who brought the petition.”

Miceli said he hopes the process will move quickly, and parties will resolve their differences through whatever means possible. As he concluded his thoughts on the appeal, Miceli again stressed that while the appeal may be frustrating for many, it’s simply part of the process.

“These folks have the legal right to do what they’re doing,” said Miceli. “However, in the final analysis, this will have cost us a substantial amount of money.”

Rep. Jim Miceli August 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Christine: I have called Gerry O'Reilly to ask if he would be willing to discontinue his action. We had a very lengthy conversation in which he insisted he would not change his position. Once again, I will emphasize that people in town know I have spoken strongly in favor of the new high school on several occasions. This is known to public officials and citizens alike! One of the school committee members publicly thanked me for supporting the new school. I have had staff members attend state meetings on the new high school to monitor the proceedings.
Rep. Jim Miceli August 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
To the individual who said he read in the Herald that I said Olympic athletes should be exempt from paying income tax. Not true. The question was should winning Olympic athletes pay state income tax on only the prize money they win? I, like others polled, said no. The question pertained only to prize money. I felt the athletes brought great honor to our state and country, and not paying a state tax was a token of our state's appreciation.
Al Roberts August 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Did you send Suzzane Sullivan?
Concerned Citizen August 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Representative, do you seriously want us to believe you are actually paying attention to what happens in Wilmington? Please tell us why you didn't talk with Kevin McDonald or George Lingenfelter? You neglect to tell everyone that the "school committee" member who publicly tanked you is a political ally, how so ingenious of you. How can you say you really care about this process when you didn't even bother to attend the Special Town Meeting in December to vote for the project. But no, you were too good to attend because you had tickets to an out of state football game. Don't tell us you didn't have time or due notice to change your plans. Enough with the excuses Representative. Its time you start representing the town you actually live in!
Douglas W. Sears October 09, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Jim -- are you going to give the people of Wilmington the opportunity to hear us debate these and other issues in Wilmington? The word on the street is that you are trying to get out of your invitation by the Wilmington TOWN CRIER to debate me on October 23rd to be broadcast by WCTV? -- Doug


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