Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Appellants of the high school project now have seven days to ask the commissioner to reconsier, and 30 days to appeal to Superior Court.
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell on Tuesday accepted the recommended decision to dismiss both high school appeals, triggering the next period for opposing parties to appeal the school project. Following the ruling, appellants now have seven days to file a motion to reconsider, something that petitioner Kevin MacDonald said the group will do. If Kimmell does not reconsider the dismissal, appellants can file to Superior Court within 30 days of Tuesday’s decision, a likely outcome according to comments from abutter Gerry O'Reilly's attorney. “I think it needs to be reconsidered,” said MacDonald. “We’re going to review the town’s submittals and make sure every possible avenue is exhausted.” Board of Selectmen…
Monday, October 15, 2012
The appeals process for the new high school appears to be far from over with the possibility of Superior Court looming.
The battle over the new Wilmington High School appears to be far from over. Department of Environmental Protection Hearings Officer Tim Jones released the report on his decision to dismiss both school appeals on Friday, the attorney for abutter Gerry O’Reilly indicated that his client will likely be willing to continue his appeal to the next level. “That’s why we have Superior Court,” said attorney Jeffrey S. Baker, when read a paragraph summarizing the report that claims the petitioners failed to raise factual issues in their appeal. “I have nothing else to say other than that.” According to Jones, the appeals were dismissed for a host of reasons. He said in his report that evidence was filed late by the appellants and many of the issues …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Town Manager Michael Caira said Thursday meeting on school grounds was positive, and now
For town and school officials and the residents appealing the Wilmington High School project, all that’s now left to do is wait. Department of Environmental Protection representatives joined officials and petitioning residents on the school grounds on Thursday morning for a site visit, and the DEP will now rule within 30 days on if there is validity to the appeal. “I thought it was a good, substantive meeting,” said Town Manager Michael Caira. “We had a very civil and constructive dialogue, particularly with the Headwaters Stream Team members that were there. I came away feeling positive about the town’s position. I think the town has done a very good job in presenting its plans, and we now just have to sit and wait.” Caira said there was …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
School Committee and Board of Selectmen will meet together on Monday to discuss school progress and impact of the latest appeal.
With the status of Wilmington High School construction up in the air after the latest appeal by a group of residents, a pair of boards announced on Tuesday they will hold a joint meeting to update the public on where the project stands. Wilmington's Board of Selectmen and School Committee will meet together on Monday at 7:45 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium, according to a press release sent out on Tuesday afternoon. "This is an important opportunity for concerned residents to get a first hand explanation of the appeals process, and what is at stake for the town," said Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael Newhouse. "We encourage interested residents to attend the meeting." According to the press release, officials will update the public on …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The following is the original letter submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection by 10 residents who are against the installation of artificial turf.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is the original appeal filed with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection by a group of 10 residents regarding their disagreement with the town and Conservation Commission's decision to allow an artificial turf to be built as a part of the new high school project. February 29, 2012 To Whom it may Concern at MADEP/Nero, 205B Lowell ST Wilmington, MA 01887 Pursuant to 310 CMR 10.05(7)(a)(b) we the undersigned Ten Resident Group (including one abutter) are requesting that the Department of Environmental Protection issue a Superseding Order of Conditions for File # 344-1222, Order of Conditions issued by the Wilmington Conservation Commission ( the Commission), dated 2/16/2012. We find that the …