Several noteworthy items are on the agenda for Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting, including the purchase of potential field space and petitioned articles seeking to overturn the decision by voters in December to demolish the current .
Voters will file into the high school gymnasium at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and Town Manager Michael Caira said he expects a larger crowd than last year. During the 2011 meeting, residents in attendance were forced to wait more than an hour for a quorum of 150 voters needed to start the meeting.
“I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting the quorum. It will be a well attended meeting,” said Caira. “There are some folks concerned that the work they did in December could be undone by petitioned articles. Many of those folks will show up to make sure their efforts were not in vain.”
Kevin MacDonald, who , has eight petitioned articles on the warrant this year. Among them is Article 32, which asks residents to “rescind the vote taken at the 2011 Special Town Meeting to finance the new high school.”
Similarly, Michael Bodnar proposes in Article 30 to preserve Wilmington High School and prevent it from being demolished.
Another item of interest for residents is the Article 22, which would allow the town to acquire Yentile’s Farm at 9 Cross Street. The purchase, which the Finance Committee recommends approval of, would come out of free cash and would likely allow the town to create more field space for local sports.
“I think that’s a really important and significant article,” said Caira. “From a financial point of view, it’s a great opportunity in terms of being able to increase the town’s inventory of open space.”
This year is also Caira’s final Town Meeting as Wilmington’s Town Manager. Caira is set to retire this fall.
“I’m going to miss it,” said Caira. “When you have the role of Town Manager, you have the opportunity to influence the direction of town government yourself. It’s something I hold sacred. It’s an enormous responsibility and I take it very seriously. I’ll be there in the future as a resident, so this is certainly not my last time at Town Meeting.”