Saturday, May 4, 2013
There are 39 articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant.
Good morning! It's Town Meeting Saturday in Wilmington. The 2013 Annual Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Wilmington Middle School, 25 Carter Lane. Attached you will find the Annual Town Meeting warrant in PDF, featuring 39 articles to be voted on by residents. The document does dot include maps or budget numbers, as those documents were not available as of FRiday at 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Residents had sought to have Town Meeting voters approve the sale of town-owned parcels.
Cancel any plans you might have had for a big Wilmington land auction. Residents had placed five articles dealing with town-owned land on the May 4 Annual Town Meeting Warrant by citizens' petition. Each of them asked town meeting voters to give the town permission to sell these particular parcels. However, in order for that to happen, the town first needs to declare those parcels to be "surplus" properties. The responsibility for determining if a town-owned parcel is surplus belongs to Town Manager Jeffrey Hull. In the case of these five parcels, he determined that only one, the parcel mentioned in Article 33, to be surplus. As a result, Articles 29, 30, 31 and 37 are moot and will therefore likely be passed over at Town Meeting. Hull …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Town Clerk recommends change for voter convenience and cost savings.
In a rare move, the Board of Selectmen has accepted a recommendation by the Town Clerk to change the date of the annual Municipal Election. At its meeting Monday night, the board voted, 3-0, to switch the Municipal Election from Saturday, April 27 to Tuesday, April 30. Board Chairman Mike Newhouse and Selectman Louis Cimaglia abstained, as they are candidates in the election. By shifting to April 30, Wilmington will merge its Municipal Election with the Primary Election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was sworn in as Sec. of State. On Feb. 1, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a piece of special legislation allowing Massachusetts communities with spring municipal elections with the Senate Primary as a cost-saving measure. Town …
Monday, May 7, 2012
A look back at Saturday's Annual Town Meeting.
It took most of the day on Saturday, but residents approved several key items during Annual Town Meeting. In a six-hour session, about 150 voters approved the town’s operating budget and several other purchases, including the acquisition of land at 9 Cross Street known as Yentile Farm. “I think today the most gratifying vote was the unanimous vote on the purchase of Yentile Farm,” said Town Manager Michael Caira following the meeting. “Voters really made a great decision there and we’re well positioned now to pay for it without impacting tax payers, and hopefully to develop it into a first class recreational facility.” The Yentile Farm vote was a resounding approval. Residents passed it by a 122-0 count. Resident Kevin MacDonald brought …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Check back throughout the day Saturday for updates on Town Meeting proceedings.
Editor's Note: Check back throughout the day for updates on Wilmington's Annual Town Meeting. It took just about 30 minutes after the scheduled 10:30 a.m. start time, but Annual Town Meeting is underway as of 10:56 a.m. now that the necessary quorum of 150 residents is in attendance. The Wilmington Minutemen presented the colors before marching out of the Wilmington High School gymnasium to a round of applause. Town Moderator James Stewart is running through the rules now voters are now hearing a reading of Article 1. Updated at 11:29 a.m.: Voters have approved General Government and Public Safety budgets so far as a part of Article 1, though there were two residents who expressed concerns with increases. "I can't imagine anybody …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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 Wilmington High School. 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 …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Finance Committee and Planning Board hold nearly four-hour public meeting in advance of upcoming Annual Town Meeting.
Members of the Planning Board and Finance Committee held a public forum last night for about four hours discussing the warrant for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting. Some of the more contentious discussion came over petitioned articles, eight that were submitted by resident Kevin MacDonald, and two by Mark Nelson. Nelson is requesting two roads be added to the official town map, while several of MacDonald's articles deal with the high school project, and one with the Town Manager requirements. Town Moderator Jim Stewart was in attendance at the meeting, and said that in his opinion several of MacDonald’s articles would be ruled out of order on the Town Meeting floor. Among the articles is MacDonald’s proposed Article 32 to rescind the …
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Check back throughout the day for updates.
Wilmington's Annual Town Meeting, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., is officially underway at 10:57 a.m. at Wilmington High School. Check back throughout the day for live updates. 10:58 a.m.: Selectman Michael McCoy said this is the first time in his lengthy tenure that he can remember having to wait for a quorum of 150 people to start town meeting. There are still plenty of good seats available, as it took until 10:57 a.m. for the 150th registered voter to arrive. Though the quorum was reached, it was not surpassed by many. The Wilmington Minutemen have presented the flag, and residents said the pledge of allegiance before things get started. Town Moderator Jim Stewart is going over the guidelines for the meeting, stressing the importance…