Wilmington High School Project Headed to Superior Court

A complaint was filed on behalf of Gerry O'Reilly, though the town believes it has arrived after the deadline.

Editor's Note: A clarification was made to the second paragraph of this story.

The Wilmington High School project is going to Superior Court after a complaint was filed on behalf of abutter Gerry O'Reilly.

Town officials believe that the appeal may have been filed after the deadline. Town Manager Jeff Hull said it is the town's stance that the deadline was actually November 21. The town officially was served on Thursday, and its attorneys are now looking into whether or not the appeal was filed in time.

"I think the vast majority of the population is disappointed that we have had to jump through these hoops," said Board of Selectmen chairman Mike Newhouse. "We're reviewing the complaint with counsel. Obviously this is something we are on top of and we will review the town's case and proceed accordingly."

Newhouse said he did not want to speculate as to how long the Superior Court process may last, or what the cost increase could be.

Jeffrey Baker, the attorney for O'Reilly, was not immediate available for comment when contacted by Patch.

Check back with Patch for more details on the school appeal.

George Lingenfelter December 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Rather that attempt to attack me personally, Pseudonym Wayne. I challenge you to use your sage like wisdom and tell me how I am wrong about the surface grade being reduced 5 feet after the demolition of the existing high school or that the Town did not lie to the people at the December 10, 2011 Special Town Meeting. You know, the meeting where the Town specifically stated (on tape!) that soil contamination was going to be at 13 to 14 feet below the ground surface. The June 29, 2012 AUL LSP Opinion said 11 to 13 feet, but the Town didn't have an LSP Opinion at the meeting either. That means heavily contaminated soil will be located only about 6 feet below grade. Why wouldn't the Town negotiate with the appellants? The Town claims the delay will cost about $3,000,000. Estimated cost to clean up the oil is $1,000,000. The Town could have agreed to clean up the oil, saved $2,000,000, and had a clean environment.
George Lingenfelter December 14, 2012 at 02:36 PM
And another cowardly anonymous character pulls his head out from the sand. I thought it was the ostrich, not the chicken feathered Boob that hides. If you are going to try and tell stories and/or fairy tails, you could at least get your facts right. But I guess neither facts, or truth would contribute to your story line. What a Maroon!
Matt Schooley December 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
A comment has been removed from this article for violating terms of use. Let's stick to the topic at hand. Thank you.
George Lingenfelter December 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Ah, Pseudonym Wayne, those crickets you were talking about? I hear lots of crickets chirping. Don't you have anything to say about the reduction in surface grade over the heavily contaminated soil at the high school? How about the Town refusing to answer requests for public information associated with the groundwater monitoring well at the high school property. You know, the well that's located downgradient of the AUL Area and which is not supposed to exist, if you read the reports on the DEP website!
Wayne Sullivan December 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Sorry to keep you waiting Georgie. I have been a little focused on keeping things in perspective with the CT tragedy and all plus catching up with my grandkids and working on the holidays. No crickets here just not focused on this at the moment. You have yourself a happy holiday and I am sure we'll have a spat or 2 in the new year about all the Wilmington rigamarole!


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