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Board Of Selectmen
Friday, March 22, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Festival's new location raises some concerns among officials, neighbors.
Despite the ongoing high school construction project, Wilmington's 33rd Annual Fourth of July Festival will go on as scheduled. Just not in the same place. At their meeting on March 11, selectmen heard about revised plans from Scott Garrant, Chairman of the Fourth of July Committee. The Festival is scheduled to run July 2-7 and will include a carnival, fireworks, games and activities, as well as booths run by many of the community non-profit organizations. At the Board of Selectmen's meeting, Garrant spelled out a plan to locate activities, rides and booths to a parking lot area near the Fourth of July Building, as well as a parcel of land that was once home to the Swain School, according to article appearing in the Town Crier. Garrant …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Today is the deadline for candidates to return nomination papers for the April 30 municipal election.
(Editor's Note: This story was updated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with news that Lou Cimaglia had turned in his nomination papers for re-election to the Board of Selection.) The clock is ticking for candidates looking for a place on the ballot in the April 30 Municipal Election. Candidates have until 5 p.m. today (March 8) to return their nomination papers with the signatures of 50 registered Wilmington voters. Those signatures then need to be verified in order for the nomination to be official. Thre is a wide-open race for School Committee, as incumbent Margaret Kane and Kathleen Carroll and challengers Julie Broussard, Jennifer Spear and Donna Leone have returned papers for the two available seats. Jennifer Defeo and Michael Bodner could …
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 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Quiet election season, so far, in Wilmington.
Thus far it has been a fairly quiet election season in Wilmington. There are two offices for which no one has taken out nomination papers and three more that would be uncontested as of today. The only excitement can be found, as usual, in the race for the Board of Selectmen. Board Chairman Michael Newhouse and Lou Cimaglia are up for re-election, with Daniel Murphy and Kevin MacDonald prepared to launch challenges. To date, however, the only candidate among the four to return nomination papers to the Town Clerk's Office is Murphy. As for School Committee, there is guaranteed to be at least one new face this year, as vice chair Robert Hayes announced he would not be seeking re-election. Chairman Margaret Kane has taken out nomination papers…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Results of Yentile Farm Survey are revealed.
While the new high school building project will cost more because of several lawsuits and appeals, it is still projected to come in under budget. Michael Newhouse, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, told fellow board members at the Feb. 11 meeting that delays in the project would likely tack on an estimated $1.5 million to the overall cost. Included in that is an extra $458,000 in the cost of steel. However, Newhouse said the additional costs have been offset by prudent decisions. These include going with "non-trade" bids for construction, foundation and demolition, according to Newhouse. He also explained that taking an "at-risk" approach to the project resulted in an additional several hundred thousand dollars reimbursement by the state…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Wilmington's Board of Selectmen are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. inside Town Hall, Room 9.
Similarly to what Superintendent of Schools Joanne did at last week's School Committee meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull will present his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget at a Monday night Board of Selectmen session. Hull is the only appointment on the agenda for Monday night's meeting. Beginning at 7 p.m. inside Town Hall, Room 9, he will walk selectmen through his budget proposal that must be approved by voters at Annual Town Meeting. Following Hull's presentation, selectmen will hear a variety of communications. First up is a letter to the legislative delegation from Hull regarding the legislation proposed by Governor Deval Patrick to regionalize Local Housing Authorities. The next four communications items are on the same …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Wilmington's Board of Selectmen discussed a long list of agenda items during Monday night's meeting.
Selectmen tackled a long list of agenda items on Monday night, starting with a new frozen yogurt shop and continuing to discuss the high school project and several other pieces of business in between. Cuong Bui was briefly before board members to open the meeting. He is opening Pink Melon Frozen Yogurt in the Main Street plaza that previously was home to K&A Cones. Bui, whose self-serve yogurt business will be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., received a common victualer license from the board. Much of the meeting on Monday night centered on discussion of three main topics. Selectmen spoke candidly about the high school appeals and associated cost increases, chairman Mike Newhouse barred Kevin MacDonald from speaking at future meetings and the …
Chairman Mike Newhouse had strong words for Kevin MacDonald as he told the vocal resident that he will no longer be recognized to speak at future meetings.
The longest Board of Selectmen meeting in recent years was also among the most heated, as board members fired back at arguably their harshest critic on Monday night. Chairman Mike Newhouse sparked a heated exchange with Kevin MacDonald when he told MacDonald that he will no longer be recognized and allowed to speak at selectmen meetings. Newhouse told MacDonald that would happen when he ruled him out of order multiple times at the last selectmen meeting, and said he will follow through on not recognizing MacDonald until it is legally necessary at a public hearing. Newhouse said he made the decision because he believes confrontations with MacDonald could escalate to the point where it could become more than a verbal altercation. “Your …
Monday, January 14, 2013
During a jam packed Monday meeting, the Board of Selectmen will vote on whether to officially go forward with the February demolition of the high school gym.
Wilmington's Board of Selectmen has plenty on its agenda Monday night. But the biggest item is likely the state of the high school project and more specifically the scheduled demolition of the school's gymnasium. The meeting is slated to take place inside Town Hall, Room 9, with executive session to discuss the demolition plans at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will open to public discussion at 7 p.m. First on the agenda is Cuong Bui, who seeks a common victualer license to open Pink Melon Frozen Yogurt at 269 Main Street. At 7:05 p.m., board members are scheduled to discuss the North Intermediate School window project, which has been delayed after being approved at Town Meeting. After the status of that project is discussed, the major agenda item …