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Residents Encouraged to Attend Monday Joint Meeting

Board of Selectmen and School Committee meets at 7:45 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss school project.

While they , residents will have the chance to discuss the status of the high school project with a pair of Wilmington boards on Monday evening.

The Board of Selectmen and School Committee , slated for 7:45 p.m. in auditorium. In addition to discussing the latest DEP appeal, board members will also provide a general update on the planning process.

“We’ve tried to be as open and transparent as possible throughout the process,” said Town Manager Michael Caira. “We thought it best to try and respond to the many questions that people have. The appeal process is complex, so we thought it was important to explain it to residents. So that is why we are having the meeting, along with the fact that we want to give a project update.”

Following an appeal by 13 residents, the DEP made a . Caira said the meeting town officials, department heads and appellants was a productive one, and the waiting game now begins.

The DEP will make its decision in the next several weeks, and the construction timeline of the plans depends on that ruling.

“I think the town and the appealing residents are essentially in agreement about what needs to be done,” said Caira. “It’s just a matter of communication and clarification.”

Residents are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting to ask questions, and to become informed about the plans. Check back with Wilmington Patch on Tuesday for complete coverage of the meeting.

Caira said he believes the DEP understands the critical nature of the appeal, and thus will move quickly with its decision just as the organization moved quickly in setting up the latest site visit.

“They may use all of the time allowed, but I am hoping by the end of the month we have some type of decision,” said Caira.

Kevin MacDonald June 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Matt, will they be discussing the issue of the sewer line to service the proposed new school and the fact that the taxpaying residents on Church Street will be prohibited from hooking into a line that they are paying for? Will the boards have a dollar amount that the Town will have to pay for new sewer fees to the M.W.R.A? I don't recall voting on a budget article to pay for the additional sewer costs. Did the ballot question give the Town administrators an open check book to pay for ensuing astronomical lawsuits resulting from a disastrous design that dumps tremendous amount of water into an oil spill area that will impact wetlands, ground water, and neighboring wells? I thought the ballot question had to have a specific dollar amount to be voted on. Matt, It would also be helpful if Patch could report to the Wilmington taxpayers who contracts have been entered into with and what the contract dollar amount is. The taxpayers should be told tonight who got the site work contract and the demolition contract and if it was put out for competitive bid on the central register. If Patch could let the people of Wilmington know what contracts are no-bid contracts and which contracts are put out for competitive bid on the central register it would be helpful.
BOOKevinMacDonald out June 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
When Kevin gets up and speak get ready, should we do what we all planned tonight or what????
Judi June 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I know that MANY times meeting do lead to very long, long talking outside of contents. But why not include Church St. and areas around such as Middlesex Ave.,Fourth of July headquarters,lilbray,other schools and such not be included in sewer lines at the same time. Would this not be a good time to get rid of septic tanks needs of the many town buildings in this area. This would lower the water waste of a area, that a simple walk around shows wetlands and under parking lots streams. The town common area will be torn up during the building time anyway. Would it not be wise to not make this like the crazy digging and redigging we have in had in other areas of town. We would save town money also if the bid added this area. Just a thought. Also the people of Wilmington have so much more class than booing don't we? Not to mention planned booing? Minuteman gathered at the very area we are talking about to fight for our rights, including speaking. Let our town leaders handle outbursts.
Steve H June 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Speaking is one thing, constantly spewing lies and badgering town officials and family members is over the top
Christine June 12, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Tonight was a reflection of the wonderful and respectful leadership in this town--who, I may add, are VERY patient with the problem children who like to hear their own voices at these meetings and who don't know when to call it a day. Mike Newhouse, you are a class act.
Steve H June 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Too bad, most of the people who filed the appeal, didn't show up, one of the more vocal of the groups stayed right up until it was time to ask questions, then he decides iis time to take is young child home. George maybe you should have hired a babysitter and stayed, but i guess your actions speak volumes to the type of person you really are. These are the people who are causing our kids to have to wait on the new school. Really sad.
Christine June 12, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I agree Steve and to connive that poor old guy into signing--is LOW... He clearly did not understand the implications of his signing--as did Mr. Collings--good for you for speaking up-
Steve H June 12, 2012 at 03:31 AM
couldn't agree more
Kevin MacDonald June 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Do you wish to emphasize "act" as in bad act? You failed to mention that the Licensed site professional stated that they did not conduct any percolation tests. This is important because the rate of soil absorbency helps determine proper drainage calculations needed for a proper design in a drainage system. Would a true "professional" operate this way? Don't forget that the D.E.P. and the E.P.A. are different organizations. I believe the town gave responsibility to EPA regarding the Olin site. Respectful, wonderful, classy leadership would not deny the community answers to important financial questions. I would recommend that the community watch the WCTV tape of the meeting to judge for themselves if this was basically a "Kangaroo-like court" pandering to appellants to give up the fight and become irresponsible. Who in their right mind designs a drainage system that seeks to not clean up an oil spill and drain immense amounts of water into an oil spill area? Would Matt Schooley please do a survey to ask readers if they prefer to refer to this project as a train wreck, a disaster, or a financial catastrophe in the making.
Kevin MacDonald June 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxauqa7rJgI&feature=related "Say what you mean and mean what you say"! As far as Referring to Mr. Bodnar as an "old guy", I would suggest that he would work circles around you and all the other hacks. This Guy is a master craftsman. Please do not insult his intelligence.
Christine June 12, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Kevin, respectfully--I know this is so hard for you to understand. But try and step back from the issue and realize that we do not share your paranoia for state agencies or town management. We do not have constant, never ending gripes over every minuscule detail that is already reviewed several times-nor do we care about undisturbed oil or imperfect details of a multi-million dollar project. NOTHING is perfect--it's called flexibility...You are obsessed and now you have tread into my personal life by denying our children a better education and potentially causing me even more money. It's time to find another project because no one is listening to you. You've said your piece(s)-just let it go, and let these great kids in town get what coming to them sooner or later anyway.
Steve H June 12, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Christine, well said, but don't bother trying to explain yourself to him. It is hard, and i have fallen into this, but just ignore him. He will never go away, but just let him rant, u said it, nobody listens to him, or follows his lead.
Christine June 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Kevin--Mr. B did not know or understand the implications of what he was signing--he said several times he did not want to hold up the project--were you there? lol--what did he think an appeal would do?? he was "enticed" by Mr. L., another disgruntled townsperson--his words exactly, I might add.. he's a nice guy, but should stick to being a master craftsman.
Kevin MacDonald June 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
If the meeting wasn't run so jokingly maybe he would have stayed. The Wilmington kids have a relatively new school called the "Middle School" and it was reported that 49% are in the warning or needs improvement category in mathematics. Really sad. Your comments speak volumes to the type of person you really are: seemingly out of touch with reality. Kudos to George for being knowledgeable and responsible and for protecting our environment and our finances !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christine June 12, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Thanks Steve , yes you are correct , but after three hours it was all the sweeter..
Christine June 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Hey Kevin, just for kicks--why aren't YOU on the appeal?
Kevin MacDonald June 12, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Buildings DON'T educate, Quality teachers do ! Did you notice that no one could answer the simple Question: How much is the Building only portion going to cost? How do people work on a project design this long and not be able to answer this simple question? I am not paranoid but I think you are in a state of denial. It seems that people like you have no conscience when it comes to dollars and cents- just hammer everyone else and have no transparency?
Steve H June 12, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Because even they want nothing to do with him
Christine June 12, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Kevin, yes it's me that's out of touch...
Kevin MacDonald June 12, 2012 at 04:12 AM
"just for kicks"? Do you build a $82 million dollar disaster just for kicks? Do you go to a multiple hour meeting just for kicks? Maybe I should be on the appeal. The OIL is real and it is still down there. I guess you want to drain water into a pile of contamination just for kicks?
Steve H June 12, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Kevin you cry about selectman not answering your questions, answer her question. Why are you not on the appeal, please tell the whole town, why u are not on it.
Christine June 12, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Once again Kevin, they did not refuse to answer your question about how much the building portion was going to cost, they basically said the costs were not divided in that manner and basically, look it up yourself....I wonder how many hours you'd spend derailing a new community college on Middlesex Ave lol--or would the oil get in the way of that too??

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