Selectmen approved their nominations for the during their meeting on Monday night, among the other agenda items discussed during the session.
Michael McCoy nominated Edward Loud, Lou Cimaglia selected Edward Riekstins, Mike Newhouse chose Michael Gracia, Judy O’Connell nominated Kevin Caira, Michael Champoux selected Daniel Bamberg and Town Manager Michael Caira added Mark Nasiff to the committee.
That list of residents will join Recreation Director Deborah Cipriani, Health Director Shelly Newhouse, Planning Director Carole Hamilton, DPW Superintendent Don Onusseit and incoming Town Manager Jeff Hull as the town seeks the best way to develop the land. O'Connell will be the representative of the Board of Selectmen.
While each selectmen received a long list of interested residents, each could only select one. Still, public input will be accepted throughout the planning process.
“The one point that bears mentioning again is that it is intended, and I am sure the committee will follow through on this, that this is a public project that invites community participation,” said Newhouse. “We want all ages to enjoy this land, and for it to be a true community resource.”
Selectmen also met with director Tina Stewart, who spoke about the upcoming Community Fair.
During the event, scheduled for September 22, a long list of non-profit organizations will be on hand to speak with community members about how they can get involved. There will also be a file shredding truck on hand for residents.
“Some people think the library is not a valuable resource in the age of the Internet,” said Stewart. “This event exemplifies that a public library brings a unique value to town. A library brings value by bringing the community together, and it has a great civic value. This event makes our tagline of ‘community starts here’ really ring true.”
Board members also voted to follow the recommendations of Police Chief Michael Begonis and Department of Public Works superintendent Don Onusseit regarding a proposed stop sign at the intersection of Mink Run Road, Pouliot Place and Sandy Lane.
Though Begonis said he will gladly step up patrols of the area, he said the intersection does not meet criteria for adding a stop sign. According to regulations, stop signs should not be added for speed control, which is why residents made the proposal.
Following regular business, , who will replace Town Manager Michael Caira at the end of the month. Hull’s contract will be voted on at the next meeting, set for September 24.
For more items that came out of Monday’s meeting, check back with Wilmington Patch on Wednesday.