Two School Appeals Filed Before Friday Deadline

In addition to an abutter appeal, a group of 10 residents submitted an appeal of the DEP's decision just before the 10-day filing period closed.

Though news first surfaced on Friday that for a currently undetermined time frame, it was not the only appeal filed before Friday’s deadline.

A second appeal, filed by a group of 10 residents, arrived at just under one hour before the deadline to appeal.

Kevin MacDonald, who has throughout the planning process, is the spokesman for the appeal. MacDonald could not be reached for comment on Friday when contacted by Wilmington Patch.

George Lingenfelter, who was the spokesman for the initial appeal that was , is among the residents who signed on for the latest appeal.

Lingenfelter said the town should have had the opinion of a Licensed Site Professional last summer, but instead an LSP opinion was not submitted until June 29 of this year.

“This is all the fault of Michael Caira and the Board of Selectmen. They are trying to bully their way through the whole thing,” said Lingenfelter. “None of these problems would exist if it were not for the way they approached the project. There would be no appeal if we had had the chance to look at this for a year.”

Gerald O’Reilly, a Wildwood Street resident, is appealing the project as an abutter. He is also on the appeal of the 10 resident group. O’Reilly, whose appeal packet is 82 pages in length, was not immediately available for comment.

Selectman Mike Champoux said he was frustrated by the appeals, but not surprised to hear they were filed.

“I’m disappointed, and dare I say a bit angry about it,” said Champoux. “They are not appealing a Wilmington project anymore, but instead a DEP project. I just don’t understand what the grounds of the appeal could possibly be given the resources, knowledge and expertise that went into the plans. After the DEP’s intense review, they approved the school. What could these appellants find that the DEP did not?”

It is not yet clear how long the adjucatory hearing process will take, and what cost increase could be associated with the latest appeal.

Lingenfelter said the best solution would be to pay to clean up the oil on the grounds rather than capping it with the parking lot as is currently written into the plans.

“It is all on (town officials) and their poorly regulated consultants for their lack of following regulations,” said Lingenfelter. “The town should have coordinated this whole thing up front. The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager are responsible for not working these problems out.”

For more reaction to the latest appeal, check back with Wilmington Patch first thing Monday morning. 

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Peter Anderson July 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm tired of the tail wagging the dog. I watch these proceedings from a distance, as I have no school-aged children now. But a disgruntled few imposing their will on the majority is NOT what our founding fathers had in mind.
webmom July 28, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Christine, you're right. They demand transparency, so let their lives be transparent as well. We should all know who they are, what they do in town, etc.
Lennie Malvone July 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I think its time for the Patch to do a story on the people who have appealled I think it is only right that we know about the people who are blocking the school What is their main reasons what is their History I only think its fair that we Have this Info and since they filed an appeal thats make it and them public record
Jack July 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I'm starting to get frustrated with the town officials too for allowing this to happen. I'm as frustrated with the group of 10 as anyone but how can the town let this happen and let the situation turn into anarchy? I agree its time to make the groups appealing this start to feel the pain of the many in whatever legal and moral ways possible. War has been declared and time for the masses to fight back. Did we back down when the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor? No! Let's fight back. Who's with me? (stealing a line from Animal House, obviously inaccurate but adding some humor to keep us all sane).
Joe m July 28, 2012 at 02:08 PM
WHSKID July 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
im so happy i go to the high school now and im a senior so hopefuly they start next year so i dnt have to deal with this crap and park my car a mile away just to get to school GOD BLESS THESE 10 PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
suzyderkins July 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This post alone is proof that we clearly need to upgrade our high school and give the students a better education.
Susan Jones Kulis July 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
What happens when we lose our accredidation?
Ernie Botte July 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Wilmington has no immediate chance of losing it's accreditation, we are not even on the probation list. Why do people bring that up all the time? It is not relevant to a new building. https://cpss.neasc.org/informationfor_the_public/schools_on_probation/
WHS student July 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I agree with the whs kid thank god for these people appealing!!!
Concerned Citizen July 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Oh yes we are, if you were paying attention, which apparently were not, to the accreditation process the HS went thru last year. The building was on the hit list of major concern and the accreditation team is coming back this year to check on our progress. If things don't move forward we going on warning status.
Sean Fitzpatrick July 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I believe every person in town should take a look at #'s 1, 3, 6, 8, 9 Treasure Hill Rd the assessors office lists them owned by Kevin F MacDonald. It looks to me like an unfinished development and some are an eyesore! The Town should enforce some kind of below standard upkeep. I feel sorry for the Residents on that street that keep up their land. http://data.visionappraisal.com/WilmingtonMA/findpid.asp#closest
Ernie Botte July 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Mr/Ms. Citizen, I'm not here to argue, however, I did support my point with proof from the NEASC. Please provide a link supporting your statement. I'm sure there is a public letter somewhere that supports your claim? Wilmington is not even on the probation list. There are schools there that have been on the list since 2004 and have still not lost their accreditation. To say that the entire school system's accreditation relies on the construction of a new WHS is just not possible.
Christine July 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
That's very selfish of you....maybe we need to add a few more community service credits to the graduation requirement.
Robert Hayes July 29, 2012 at 01:36 AM
WHSKID - I've been told on more than one occasion that every senior with a car will still have a spot in the student parking lot during construction. I apologize if I'm mistaken, but I would suggest you contact the High School with your parking concern.
Christine July 29, 2012 at 01:46 AM
how sad that you reflect our schools...
Concerned Citizen July 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Ernie you are correct, we are not on warning status YET, but we will be if the building does not get improved. Here is the link to the report http://www.wilmington.k12.ma.us/WHS/FINAL%20wilmington%20visiting%20committee%20report.pdf Also the accreditation process from NEASC report only applies to the HS and not the entire school system.
Steve H July 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Is there a date set for the next highschool building comm. meeting?
Steve H July 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
When did the sciarrappa's sell the town their land
Mr. Wilson July 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Accreditation reviews are THE biggest self serving, biased "studies" possible. Let's see...a group of educators come and assess your schools and teachers. Invariably they see buildings in need of improvement or else...think they are ever going to say, hey your buildings are great, don't change a thing?...library accreditation does the same thing, I'm sure public safety does the same...in fact I just had my biannual car accreditation where they found that I'm an excellent driver but my vehicle is below expectations. If I don't upgrade to a Lexus before next review I risk not loss of accreditation by National United Testing Services (NUTS). That said, I am in favor of new HS in spite of the fact that my kids will graduate prior to the completion.
Mathew Jancsics July 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Christine, don't waste your energy on the supposed "students", if they truly had any interest in this, and or felt their opinions mattered they wouldn't be using generic names, for all we know these could be anyone pretending to students. As for Lingenfelter's quote, all I can do is chuckle, talk about a joke. The committee along with countless industry experts all weighed in on this non-issue, clearly they are just about dragging this out as they have lost at every turn and will lose again. This is nothing more than their petty spite punishing the rest of the town. I am all for boycotting any businesses that they have, seems only just at this point given what they will be costing the rest of us.
Christine July 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Thanks Mathew lol ... Does anyone have the appeal yet??? we need it posted! I am making a Facebook page to keep people informed ... I'll post the link here later-clearly people on the appellants side will join too so private message me any sensitive info through the page. Also, anyone in the town reading this should let us know if any of these people apply for any permits in town so we can appeal them too... Any other suggestions welcome here or privately through the page... Does anyone else want to be an admin with me?? Kev, George, Gerry???
Christine July 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Hey thanks Sean!!
Christine July 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/328812377208195/ If you are a Supporter of a NEW Wilmington High School NOW, please join our group and share, share, share...
pjb July 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I agree, The town should have addressed concerns and then push for the school. It would have saved time and frustration. The 10 have every right to appeal. Right or wrong, if we do not investigate all potential problems down the road. It could cost the town much more than just money. We need to be aware. DEP has been wrong before.
NP July 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Just googled it.....what an ugly mess!
Kevin Mac July 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hey WHS kids talk to Kevin. He use to walk 5 miles to school up hill in a blizzard with no boots or a jacket and look how he turned out. Where will I park? Walk or take the bus or are they taking the buses away too?
jo July 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I think this is the sentiment of the WHS seniors for sure, but then again, you have to remember, children are (generally speaking) pretty selfish. :)
Will August 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
hey christine your just mad because theres nothing you can do about it. so hahaha to you. ps go ahead and add more community service requirements - oh wait, you dont have enough pull in this town for anything
Will August 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Christine, once again, how sad it is that you think you have it all figured out. Well news flash - your glory days are over so dont go around commenting on peoples posts about how misguided everyone else is that doesnt share your same view point....


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