UPDATE: School Appeal Prompts Policy Discussion at Deming Way

According to a Lowell Sun report, the Wilmington Housing Authority will discuss its current solicitation policy during a Thursday meeting.

Updated at 1:45 p.m.: Wilmington Police Lt. Brian Pupa said that as it is written in the general town bylaws, solicitation rules only apply to parties who are going to door to door to sell a product or service.

According to Section 40 of the bylaws, anyone interested in speaking with residents door to door with religious or political materials do not need to check in with the Police Department in advance.

However, Pupa said that if an area like Deming Way has its own set of rules that specify no solicitors of any kind, those instructions must be followed.

Original Story: The filing of has prompted discussion on Deming Way after four elderly residents were approached to sign one of the that have .

According to a Lowell Sun report, Wilmington Housing Authority executive director Maureen Hickey said board members will discuss if any changes need to be made in its solicitation policy to prevent future issues. 

"It's a policy we have, but it doesn't seem like it has a lot of teeth," Hickey said. "It doesn't necessarily stop people from knocking at your door."

When MacDonald was asked about the subject by Wilmington Patch last week, he said the Deming Way residents knew what they were signing when he went to their homes.

“Everybody that signed the appeal was in their right mind and had the entire thing explained to them,” said MacDonald. “Sometimes people try to say, ‘Oh well there are only 10 people who want to appeal,’ but I could have gotten hundreds of signatures if I put the time in."

According to The Sun article, 93-year-old Grace Block said increasing taxes were her motivation for signing the appeal, but she later backed off of her stance.

"I said, 'What the heck?' and I signed it," Block told The Sun. "But if they want to build another school, let them build another school. Good luck to them."

Kevin MacDonald August 12, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Christine, 1.) What do you mean by an all or none deal? 2.) If you were an abutter whose drinking water source was a well and was being threatened, would you respect those who had no regard for you and your family's health and well being? 3.) Why do you slander me and say I have a problem with everyone and every department? This is a wetlands issue. 4.)Why have you not read the petitions for review of the DEP superseding order of conditions when Patch was kind enough to post them. 5.) Do you live your life based on emotionally driven impulses or do you ever think about others and impacts on them and the environment and people with drinking water needs down stream?
Steve H August 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Kevin, again please answer me this, are the meetings that open to the public
Al Roberts August 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Listen Hat Boy. It is very tiring listening to all your long winded speeches that say nothing, and your rediculous non-statements that mean nothing. It is clear all you are here to do is provide support for kevin and the rest of the tiny anti-town crowd at least have the guts to admit it. you hate the town too because you have come in dead last every time you run for something and also removed. Do something productive. Mow that property on Main Street its an eyesore.
Karl Ian Sagal August 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Al Roberts, You will be happy to know that I am as proud of my military service and public service since that guarantees you the right to say your opinion as well as the appellants rights to say theirs. My requests for civility have fallen on deaf ears in your case, (and sometimes in Kevin's case as well) but I do defend your rights to state your piece, as the constitution declares. I surely do not agree with you, but happily defend your right to speak.
Donna August 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Christine, it appears to me, and has from the beginning, contrary to the way Mr. MacDonald has actually voted openly in meetings FOR the new high school and against his own articles, that his bottom line is he has absolutely no desire to have a new high school built. Period. And as you have said, and I have discussed with friends and neighbors, if he approached people and subjects in another nonconfrontational, namecalling, insulting way, people might actually listen and give him an opportunity to air his thoughts and opinions. However, I do believe now, that this has become some kind of personal crusade of stopping the building of this new high school at a whatever-it-takes mentality. Mr. MacDonald won't ever stop fighting this project. Ever. He has no solutions to offer. He would only be happy if the DEP tanked the entire project or the Town gave up.


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