Review of the year 2021: Selectmen focused on economic development, projects | News

WILMINGTON – In 2021, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen looked at important city issues related to spaces, economic development, COVID-19 assistance, memorials, and more.

In preparation for the annual town hall meeting starting in February, a first issue of this year for council was the article on the proposed rezoning for a plot along Route 125. It sparked much debate at the assembly municipal council in April before it was finally rejected. .

The results of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, which began in 1999, were finally published in the spring. The report claimed that there was a relationship between prenatal exposure to NDMA and childhood cancer in the years studied.

The board of directors said goodbye to old members and received new ones in the annual municipal elections, when Jonathan Eaton was elected city moderator and Lilia Maselli became the new president. It wasn’t until June that former Selectman Jomarie O’Mahony resigned, and in September Judy O’Connell was elected to the board of directors in a special municipal election.

The board has not shied away from any request to dedicate memorials and honor the city’s veterans this year. Besides paying tribute to service to end each meeting, they also promoted Memorial Day, the 20th anniversary of September 11, and Veterans Day celebrations. They showed up for the re-dedication of the Wilmington Memorial Library in honor of some of Wilmington’s fallen soldiers during the Vietnam War: John A. Rich, John J. Fullerton Jr., Robert W. Parent and Richard W Welch. They approved a memorial bench in honor of the Robert Brown family in Silver Lake in November and supported the dedication of a walking trail to John “Jack” MacGuire in December while officially making January 3rd Sean Allen Collier Day. .

In the spring and summer, the council allowed the use of the city’s outdoor spaces and allowed requests to use the July 4th parking lot, the town council, Swain Green and even the park. Rotary.

Some of the events that took place in these spaces included fundraising car washes, the library’s Summer Bash, and performances by the Misfit Artists theater company. They also automatically extended licenses for businesses that had been approved for on-site consumption for alfresco dining.

In August, the board of directors proposed new locations for electronic vehicle charging stations, offered by the Reading City Lighting Service. The new locations officially became the Library and Glen Road.

Street improvement projects approved this year included the water connection to Cook Avenue and modifications to the intersection of Clark Street and Middlesex Avenue. There was a truck exclusion request on Woburn Street, but it was denied by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. It was during this same meeting that Police Chief Joe Desmond verified that there had probably never been an official truck exclusion on Woburn Street – if there had been a sign there. , it was inapplicable.

Council has been invited to participate this year in reviewing the city’s open space and recreation plan, city unsuccessful lanes, property tax classification, and updated mitigation plan. risks.

A new issue that emerged later in the year was a worrying result of the city’s well water testing for PFAS in October. After closing a well, they replaced the carbon filters and recorded the readings returning to normal levels in November and December.

It was also in October that Beth Lawrenson became the new city clerk, replacing Tina Touma-Conway who left in September. The council set a date for the same meeting for the special town hall meeting for the new funding for the Wildwood School.

In November, the board approved the proposed use of American Rescue Plan Act funds, as proposed by CEO Jeff Hull. These funds went to things like a replacement water pipe, replacement cache ponds, contact tracing, grants for facade and streetscape improvement, branding and marketing. , and the administration of grants.

Representatives continually kept the rest of Council informed with regular reports from the committees for the New Town Hall and the Seniors Center. In September, there was a presentation on the planned city open sites: the current City Hall site, the Swain Green site, the St. Dorothy’s site and the Whitfield School site.

Ultimately, St. Dorothy’s was identified as the site choice for the new senior center.

In December, the Santa Parade and Toys for Tots programs continued to spread the joy and return of the annual tree lighting.

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