Review of the year 2021: selected key areas of business development, projects | Messages

WILMINGTON – In 2021, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen addressed major city issues related to spaces, economic development, COVID-19 relief, memorials and more.

In preparation for the annual town meeting, which begins in February, an early issue for the board this year was the article on the proposed rededication of a property on Route 125. It sparked much debate at the town meeting in April before being rejected would .

The results of the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, begun in 1999, were finally published in the spring. The report claimed that there was an association between prenatal exposure to NDMA and cancer in children during the years studied.

The board said goodbye to old members and got new ones in the annual city elections when Jonathan Eaton was elected city presenter and Lilia Maselli was elected new chairman. Former Selectman Jomarie O’Mahony did not resign until June, and in September Judy O’Connell was elected to the board in a special election.

The Board of Directors did not hesitate to dedicate memorials and honors to the city’s veterans this year. In addition to greeting the ministry at the end of each meeting, they also promoted Memorial Day, the 20th anniversary of September 11th, and Veterans Day celebrations. They appeared in the rededication of the Wilmington Memorial Library in honor of some of Wilmingtons fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War: John A. Rich, John J. Fullerton Jr., Robert W. Parent, and Richard W. Welch. They approved a bank memorial for the Robert Brown family in Silver Lake in November and helped dedicate a hiking trail to John “Jack” MacGuire in December and officially make January 3rd Sean Allen Collier Day.

During the spring and summer, the board allowed the use of open city spaces and welcomed requests for use of the July 4th parking lot, the township, Swain Green, and even Rotary Park.

Events held in these rooms included car washes, the library’s Summer Bash, and performances by the Misfit Artists theater group. They also automatically renewed licenses for companies approved for local consumption for outdoor table service.

In August, the board proposed new locations for electric vehicle charging points donated by Reading’s municipal lighting division. The new locations officially became the Library and Glen Road.

Road improvement projects approved that year included the water connection on Cook Avenue and changes to the intersection of Clark Street and Middlesex Avenue. There was a motion to ban trucks on Woburn Street, but it was denied by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. During the same meeting, Police Chief Joe Desmond confirmed that there has likely never been an official truck banning on Woburn Street – had there been a sign there, it would not have been enforceable.

The board was invited to participate this year in the review of the open space and recreation plan, the city’s unaccepted paths, property tax classification and the update of the hazard reduction plan.

A new problem that emerged later in the year was a worrying finding when the city’s well water was tested for PFAS in October. After shutting down a well, they exchanged the carbon filters and recorded the return of the measurements to normal values ​​in November and December.

It was also October when Beth Lawrenson became the new town clerk, replacing Tina Touma-Conway, who had retired in September. The board set the date of the same meeting for the special town meeting for the new Wildwood school funding.

In November, the board approved the use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act as proposed by Town Manager Jeff Hull. These funds went into things like a replacement aqueduct, replacement cache basin, contact tracing, grants for facade and street landscape improvements, branding and marketing, and grant administration.

The representatives kept the rest of the board up to date with regular reports from the committees for the new town hall and the senior citizens’ center. In September there was a presentation on the open locations being considered in the city: the current City Hall location, Swain Green, St. Dorothy’s location and the Whitfield school location.

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

That December, the Santa Parade and Toys for Tots programs continued to spread joy and the annual tree lighting returned.

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