Wilmington High School Project Headed to Superior Court

A complaint was filed on behalf of Gerry O'Reilly, though the town believes it has arrived after the deadline.

Editor's Note: A clarification was made to the second paragraph of this story.

The Wilmington High School project is going to Superior Court after a complaint was filed on behalf of abutter Gerry O'Reilly.

Town officials believe that the appeal may have been filed after the deadline. Town Manager Jeff Hull said it is the town's stance that the deadline was actually November 21. The town officially was served on Thursday, and its attorneys are now looking into whether or not the appeal was filed in time.

"I think the vast majority of the population is disappointed that we have had to jump through these hoops," said Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse. "We're reviewing the complaint with counsel. Obviously this is something we are on top of and we will review the town's case and proceed accordingly."

Newhouse said he did not want to speculate as to how long the Superior Court process may last, or what the cost increase could be.

Jeffrey Baker, the attorney for O'Reilly, was not immediate available for comment when contacted by Patch.

Check back with Patch for more details on the school appeal.

Mckenna December 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
seriously????...the school is a mess...it needs to be re-done. are people blind???..if you dont like how this town goes about things...MOVE!!!...i want my kids to enjoy a new school and all it has to offer...plus it would be nice to see something new and shiny instead of run down and old....i feel bad for the town council who has to deal with these idiots!!!
steve December 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This is what is wrong with this country. The people have spoken, the due dilligence complete and a few can delay something good for the town.
steve December 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Stop wasting our hard earned taxpayer dollars. You lost
Timothy J Chase December 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Unbelievably selfish O'Reilly! The children of your town deserve better.
Christine December 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Mr. O'Reilly needs to step back and think. whatever he's bitter about-- this is not the way to fix it--costing his own town millions and keeping my own child from receiving a top notch education represent misdirected anger and Selfishness- What does he really want? Someone knows- where's that story?
Tom December 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Let me say up front that I am a strong supporter of a new high school and what these opponents are doing is ridiculous. However, I will say that we all should not get so hung up on a building. It is the teachers that make the school, not the school that makes the teachers. Our children are still getting a good education, regardless of the building.
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Love it or leave it. Hmm, I think I have heard that expression someplace before? What about, it's my home and I believe in fighting for it!
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
No, I don't like how this Town has gone about doing many things. For the past 23 years this Town has been operated in a very heavy handed manner. If the building is a mess, it's because the building was not properly maintained (not a knock on the maintenance personnel). Proper allocation of funding is necessary to maintain the infrastructure and/or mechanical systems of a building, which apparently has not been the case. Roofing that leaks, stained ceiling tiles, open electrical boxes, and drafty windows, are not reasons to demolish a structurally sound building. Want to see a run down school, visit the North Intermediate. Sadly, in my opinion this is not just about the children, as our Town representatives have made it out to be. The new high school project is mostly about money and who is receiving this money. Why do you feel bad for Town council, there're paid well?
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The people may have spoken, but were they provided with accurate facts on which to base their votes? No, in my opinion proper due diligence was not performed. The surface grade over the AUL Area is going to be reduced approximately 5 feet as part of the new surface drainage plan? This will result in heavily contaminated soil being located only about 6 feet below grade. It was specifically noted that soil contamination was going to be at 13 to 14 feet below the ground surface at the December 10, 2011 Special Town Meeting (i.e. the Town lied to the people). The Town refuses to answer requests for public information associated with a groundwater monitoring located at the WHS property downgradient of the AUL Area. This well is not supposed to exist if you read the reports on the DEP website! Actually, you should appreciate the fact that a few knowledgeable people can delay an ill-conceived project in the hope that the shortcomings may be corrected.
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Lost is a relative term. Please define lost for us in this instance. Lets see, the Town sends home a misleading propaganda sheet with the school children, lies to the residents about the environmental conditions, moves the question after only two people are allowed to speak in opposition at Town meeting, and then refuses to negotiate a settlement which would make the appeals go away. The Town claims the delay will cost about $3,000,000. Estimated cost to clean up the oil is $1,000,000. The Town could have agreed to clean up the oil, saved $2,000,000, and had a clean environment. Oh wait, the oil can't be cleaned up because the application to the MSBA did not include extensive soil remediation. The old gym and new building are not located in a wetland area. Demolition and construction may begin at any time, or can it, why not? Somebody should ask Chairman Newhouse. I believe there may be more here than simply a wetlands appeal. Could it be that Mike Ciara and Mike Newhouse played the citizens of Wilmington like a fiddle?
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Yes, the children of Wilmington do deserve better than they are getting. However, Mr. O'Reilly is not being selfish. I believe you have no first hand knowledge/information from which you speak or to base your conclusion on. Unfortunately, you appear to have accepted the misrepresented information from the Town as fact. You should be grateful that there are a few knowledgeable citizens that will standup for what they believe is right (at great personal sacrifice), and consequently help save you from yourself. In my opinion you are the one being selfish, not Mr. O'Reilly. Your children deserve a clean and safe environment!
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
In my opinion the changed site conditions (after demolition of the existing high school building when contamination will be at a depth of 6 feet) will result in the migration of petroleum contamination in groundwater. If/when that does occur at some time in the future, the Town will be required to remove the newly constructed paved parking areas and subsurface utilities, remediate the contamination, and then re-install the parking areas and utilities. How much will that cost? By removing the contamination before the construction of the new paved parking areas and subsurface utilities the Town will save a significant amount of money.
George Lingenfelter December 10, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Christine, in my opinion you are the one who sounds bitter and selfish. Perhaps you are the one who should take a step back and think. Start by reading my other posts to this and the previous Patch stories from November 15-16, 2012. Ask yourself why the Town lied about the environmental conditions at Town meeting and refused to remediate the oil. Many of the errors, mistakes and/or omissions of the original Wetlands Order of Conditions have been corrected through the appeals process to date, but the Town and DEP also refused to answer/address all questions associated with this very complicated matter. Neither, the Town or DEP have the control over the process in Superior Court that they had during the appeals process.
Timothy J Chase December 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Tom; You are correct. The teachers are the single most important factor in providing the best education possible. However it is not the only factor and asking our teachers to continue to teach in a run down, falling apart, facility is unfair to them and their students.
Timothy J Chase December 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM
George; You are incorrect and have no basis to make any claims about what I do or do not know about the situation. I've chosen to disregard a bunch of speculative BS promoted by you and your 10 cohorts. As has the EPA.
Steve H December 11, 2012 at 02:25 AM
George, you haven't figured out yet that nobody cares about your opinion. The people of wilmington don't care, the dep don't care. Why did you leave before the meeting before it was over tonight. You didn't give me chance to say HI
George Lingenfelter December 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Sorry, Pseudonym Steve, but anybody with cable television could have seen me get up and leave near the end of the Board of Selectmen meeting last night. I guess you are not much of a sports fan or the brightest bulb in the box, if you couldn't figure out that I was leaving to watch the Monday night football game. Sorry, you were crouched in front of your computer reading posts to the Patch and trying to think of a stinging response. Ouch! The Patriots blew out the Texans, it was a great game! For your information, I was at the meeting 15 minutes early, if you had really wanted to speak with me. Try again at the next meeting in January. Sadly, I believe you may be correct that many people don't care that the Town lied about the environmental conditions at the high school property. However, you are wrong about my opinion. I have had several people come up to me in public and provide words of encouragement for my efforts.
George Lingenfelter December 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Dear Mr. Chase, I am sorry you have chosen to close your eyes and mind to the “fact” that the Town lied to the people at the December 10, 2011 special Town Meeting in association with the environmental conditions at the high school. Speculative, I don't think so. I have provided Matt Schooley with several pdf files which support me. Ask Matt if he will post them. For your information, the EPA is a federal environmental regulatory agency. The DEP is the State environmental regulatory agency involved with the wetlands appeals. Also, the DEP Presiding Officer did not say I was wrong, he ruled that the oil contamination was regulated by another program! Lastly, I guess you don't listen to the news in Massachusetts much, but our state government is embroiled in many organizational scandals which leads me to question its impartiality and honesty in general.
Foghorn Leghorn December 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Pseudonym.. I say Pseudonym george. that boy I say that boy cracks my eggs. Hey george arent you the boy that had a issue at your prom.i say the prom that ended with a soaked prom dress and you running in the woods?? You slay me boy..it must be hard going through life so much smarter than all us pseudonym i say fake folks. Im still mad I say furious at you boy for throwing my cousin.. I say dead cousin on the BOH desk
Wayne Sullivan December 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
George several people have come up to you in public I find that very hard to believe. You talk about honesty, why don't you list who those people are - INSERT CRICKETS HERE! Ya got nothing George, ya got nothing! Oh and you admit you left a Board of Selectmen meeting to go watch the Patriots. If you are so gravely concerned for this town you would sacrifice your time and miss a few minutes of the game. Oh and to think that game ironically was also being played on a turf field. Hypocrisy on your part at its finest!
George Lingenfelter December 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Sorry that public opinion may be shifting away from your position on the new high school, Pseudonym Wayne. I can understand how that may be troubling to you. Provide you and your other cowardly anonymous posters with list of honest citizens to harass, I don't think so. Yes, I left the Board of Selectmen meeting a little early (after the regular business was essentially concluded), but I was actually there for the meeting and not watching on TV like a couch potato such as yourself. Kevin MacDonald will be happy to know that in your opinion the public comments portion of the meeting is important enough that I should have stayed. Though, I don't believe Chairman Newhouse shares your opinion. Hypocrisy? No, sorry the artificial turf field at Gillette is not located within the Riverfront area or directly adjacent to a private drinking water supply well! You know, like the field at the Wilmington High School.
George Lingenfelter December 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Rather that attempt to attack me personally, Pseudonym Wayne. I challenge you to use your sage like wisdom and tell me how I am wrong about the surface grade being reduced 5 feet after the demolition of the existing high school or that the Town did not lie to the people at the December 10, 2011 Special Town Meeting. You know, the meeting where the Town specifically stated (on tape!) that soil contamination was going to be at 13 to 14 feet below the ground surface. The June 29, 2012 AUL LSP Opinion said 11 to 13 feet, but the Town didn't have an LSP Opinion at the meeting either. That means heavily contaminated soil will be located only about 6 feet below grade. Why wouldn't the Town negotiate with the appellants? The Town claims the delay will cost about $3,000,000. Estimated cost to clean up the oil is $1,000,000. The Town could have agreed to clean up the oil, saved $2,000,000, and had a clean environment.
George Lingenfelter December 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM
And another cowardly anonymous character pulls his head out from the sand. I thought it was the ostrich, not the chicken feathered Boob that hides. If you are going to try and tell stories and/or fairy tails, you could at least get your facts right. But I guess neither facts, or truth would contribute to your story line. What a Maroon!
Matt Schooley (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
A comment has been removed from this article for violating terms of use. Let's stick to the topic at hand. Thank you.
George Lingenfelter December 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Ah, Pseudonym Wayne, those crickets you were talking about? I hear lots of crickets chirping. Don't you have anything to say about the reduction in surface grade over the heavily contaminated soil at the high school? How about the Town refusing to answer requests for public information associated with the groundwater monitoring well at the high school property. You know, the well that's located downgradient of the AUL Area and which is not supposed to exist, if you read the reports on the DEP website!
Wayne Sullivan December 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Sorry to keep you waiting Georgie. I have been a little focused on keeping things in perspective with the CT tragedy and all plus catching up with my grandkids and working on the holidays. No crickets here just not focused on this at the moment. You have yourself a happy holiday and I am sure we'll have a spat or 2 in the new year about all the Wilmington rigamarole!


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