Friday, November 16, 2012
After Wednesday's ruling by the Department of Environmental Protection, Superior Court would be the next step for the high school appeals.
Mike Newhouse said he’s been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel for a long time. But for town officials, it’s getting a bit brighter after the latest Department of Environmental Protection ruling. After the DEP Commissioner ruled late Wednesday that he would not reconsider his decision to allow the dismissal of both high school appeals, Newhouse said it did not come as a surprise. “I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all seen the light at the end of the tunnel from the beginning because we never doubted the validity of the town’s position, and the DEP’s position,” said Newhouse, the Board of Selectmen chairman. “The light has been at the end of the tunnel, it’s just been a matter of how long is the road we need to travel. …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Late Wednesday the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner ruled that he will not reconsider his decision to accept the appeal dismissal.
Petitioners against the new Wilmington High School have been dealt another blow in their appeal efforts as the Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner ruled that he will not reconsider his decision to accept the dismissal of the school appeals. Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell sent notice to the involved parties late Wednesday that he adopted the decision of Hearings Officer Timothy Jones, who ruled that there was no merit to the appeals and thus they should not reach the hearing. The appealing parties now have 30 days to appeal the project to Superior Court, which is likely the final step in the process. It's not immediately clear if the appellants officially plan to take the project to Superior Court, but they have indicated to …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As expected, the petitioners filed a motion for the DEP Commissioner to reconsider his decision to dismiss the appeals just before the Tuesday deadline.
The appellants of the Wilmington High School project filed their latest motion with the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday, their final step before the project likely heads to Superior Court. Petitioners filed a motion to reconsider, hoping the DEP Commissioner will reconsider accepting Hearings Officer Tim Jones’ recommended decision to dismiss both appeals. Tuesday was the deadline for the motion, and petitioner Kevin MacDonald confirmed that the group did submit to DEP just before the 5 p.m. deadline. “We feel the dismissal was irresponsible and should not have happened,” said MacDonald. “We don’t feel justice was serviced, and we think the Commissioner should allow at minimum a hearing to be held. People deserve their …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Hearings Officer Tim Jones allowed the town's motion to dismiss and in turn cancelled the scheduled filing dates and the October 25 hearing date.
For the latest information on this and other breaking news stories, check back with Wilmington Patch and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Department of Environmental Protection hearings officer Timothy Jones allowed the town’s motion to dismiss both appeals of the Wilmington High School project, ending the latest effort by residents to stop construction of the new school. Jones made the ruling in a document sent to the involved parties dated Thursday, October 4. “The Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Decision are both allowed,” said Jones. “All pending deadlines are vacated and the adjudicatory hearing is cancelled. By October 12, 2012, I will issue a recommended final decision that explains in detail the basis for this ruling and…
Monday, August 13, 2012
All parties involved in the high school dispute will be in the same room on Tuesday during a pre-screening.
For the first time since two appeals were filed in July that delayed high school construction, a timeline for the process is beginning to come together. All involved parties are scheduled to be in one room on Tuesday during a pre-screening conference that is held by the Office of Appeals and Dispute Resolution of the Department of Environmental Protection. Appealing residents were asked to submit what pieces they are specifically concerned about to a hearings officer in advance of the session. A date of October 25 was established for the appeal to be heard in the event that the dispute is not resolved prior. Town Manager Michael Caira said the appeals will likely not be solved by that October date. During Tuesday’s conference, any other …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Minutes from the Conservation Commission meeting on December 1.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Does your home abut the Wetlands? You might not know that many homes in Wilmington do and any changes to the property or house must be cleared first by the Planning Board and Conservation Commission. At last night's Conservation Commission meeting, one of the focuses was on correcting violations of Wilmington's Wetland Enforcement By-Law. Several residents appeared before the group to provide updates on their progress to restore wetlands that have been encroached upon. One owner noted that he was "caught by surprise" that his fence in violation because the fence had been there since he bought the house. He has removed the fence, sandbox, and propane tanks but still has to move the shed, swing, and playhouse, he said. He and his …