Friday, May 3, 2013
Letter submitted to town manager and Board of Selectman over longstanding issues, saus union president.
Bill Cavanaugh, president of Wilmington's Firefighters Local 1370, doesn't mince words when it comes to how he sees the work environment at the Wilmington Fire Department. Cavanaugh uses words like "hostile," "vendetta," harassment" and "unsafe" to describe the conditions existing due to what the union claims is the unprofessional conduct of Chief Edward Bradbury. On April 23, the Union took a vote of "no confidence" in Bradbury. The next day, Cavanaugh says he hand-delivered a letter with the results of that vote and the explanation for it, to the office of Town Manager Jeff Hull. It was addressed to both Hull and the Board of Selectmen. A complete copy of that letter can be found attached to this story as a PDF docuement. "We haven't …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thousands pack Wilmington Town Common to pay tribute to a hometown hero.
More than 1,000 residents, friends and law enforcement personnel from throughout Eastern Massachusetts packed the Wilmington Town Common for a candlelight vigil Saturday night to bid farewell and say thank you to a hometown hero. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, a 2004 graduate of Wilmington High School, was gunned down as he sat in his cruiser Thursday night on a Cambridge Street, allegedly by brothers Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the same men investigators believe are responsible for the fatal bombing attack at Monday's Boston Marathon. Before the start of Saturday's vigil, a hearse carrying Collier's body drove down Church Street, shut down to traffic during the ceremony. The road was lined with …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Jeff Hull offered his first budget proposal to selectmen earlier this week.
Residents got their first look earlier this week at the budget they may be asked to vote on when Annual Town Meeting arrives after Town Manager Jeff Hull laid out his proposal to selectmen. The budget, which is posted in its entirety on the town’s website, requests a total operating budget of $87,660,023 in addition to warrant article proposals totaling $2,189,555. Combined, Hull’s total proposal is a Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $89,849,578. Hull’s proposal calls for a 3.9 increase over FY 2013 when the budget was approved at $87,455,322. “My expectation is that this proposed budget will be rigorously examined and critiqued,” wrote Hull in his proposal to the Board of Selectmen. “I welcome the opportunity to engage in a reasoned, respectful…
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 …
Friday, December 7, 2012
There will be a minimal impact on town government, but school officials said they could see a cut of about $75,000 in reimbursements.
Town Manager Jeff Hull said he doesn’t expect a major impact locally after a recently announced upcoming cut to local aid. Wilmington Public Schools, however, may have to look for alternatives due to one of the cuts. On Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced actual state revenues were significantly lower than projections, resulting in a $540 million budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2013. As a result, the governor announced he will be implementing $225 million in immediate budget cuts, some of which may impact Wilmington. “The reduction to the Special Education Circuit Breaker reimbursement will have an impact on the School Department,” said Director of Administration & Finance Paul Ruggiero. “Although we do not have any final figures as to …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Board of Selectmen received information about the new Assistant Town Manager, and approved Jeff Hull's Town Manager contract at Monday's meeting.
The structure of Wilmington’s government is officially clear now with the approval of Jeff Hull’s contract at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting and the appointment of his replacement as Assistant Town Manager. Following a unanimous public vote by selectmen with Lou Cimaglia abstaining because he is a town employee, Hull was officially hired for a starting salary of $133,200 and 2.5 percent increases in upcoming years of the contract. Hull also waived an early retirement incentive and agreed not to require longevity payments. “The board is pleased to be getting what we believe is a hometown discount on what we’ve come to expect and enjoy over the last 20-plus years,” said Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse. Hull said that while he …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Jeff Hull, who takes over for Michael Caira next week, will receive a starting salary of $133,200.
During Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, members officially approved the contract of incoming Town Manager Jeff Hull, who currently serves as Assistant Town Manager. Hull's starting salary will be $133,200 with scheduled increases of 2.5 percent slated for the second and third years of the agreement. As a part of the agreement, Hull waived an early retirement incentive and agreed not to require longevity payments. "The board is pleased with getting what we believe to be a hometown discount on what we've come to expect and enjoy over the last 20-plus years," said Board of Selectmen chairman Michael Newhouse. For more details on Monday's meeting, check back with Wilmington Patch on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Chairman Mike Newhouse said Jeff Hull's contract is agreed upon by both sides and will go to a public vote on September 24.
Updated at 3:52 p.m.: Jeff Hull said that he was not present during Monday night's executive session at the Board of Selectmen meeting, but that he was excited board members finalized the draft contract that was before them. "It's certainly good to have it wrapped up so we can focus on the work ahead," said Hull. "It went smoothly and I'm anticipating the board will be able to approve the contract and we can move forward." In addition, Hull said he expects that within 10 days he will appoint his own replacement as Assistant Town Manager as well as a new Principal Assessor to replace the retiring Skip Moynihan. Original Story: Wilmington’s Board of Selectmen finished contract negotiations with current Assistant Town Manager Jeff Hull in …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Wilmington's Board of Selectmen meeting at 7 p.m. inside Town Hall, Room 9.
When the Board of Selectmen meets on Monday night at 7 p.m. inside Town Hall, Room 9, they may have a big piece of news to report. It's possible that during executive session, board members will finalize the contract for Jeff Hull, who will take over for Town Manager Michael Caira when he retires after this month. The meeting kicks off with an appointment with Victor Hui, the president of Pacific Sunshine, who is requesting to transfer an alcohol license from Royal Dynasty to Pacific Sunshine for the property located on Lowell Street. Following an appointment with a lawyer representing The Ninety Nine Restaurant, Library Director Tina Stewart will be in front of the board to discuss the upcoming Library Community Fair. At 7:25 p.m. Police …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Assistant Town Manager Jeff Hull said he and selectmen have reached a tentative contract agreement and it could be voted on during a September 10 meeting.
The process of finding the replacement for retiring Town Manager Michael Caira was a smooth one. So it comes as little surprise that the ensuing contract negotiations have been met with a similar result. According to both sides of the negotiations, a contract for Jeff Hull is likely to be finalized in September, and could be announced during the next Board of Selectmen meeting, which is slated for Monday, September 10. “At this point, I can just indicate that I have met with the board, we had a productive meeting, and things are looking good,” said Hull. “I would characterize it that we have a tentative agreement, and we just need to actually review the final document and go from there.” Negotiations have been taking place throughout the …