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New High School Remains in Holding Pattern

The town prepares its response to the Superior Court appeal while deciding what to do about contracts in upcoming weeks.

More than a month after the town received its summons to Superior Court, officials are preparing for the next steps in the process than has delayed construction of a new high school for just over a year so far.

According to Town Manager Jeff Hull, the town is working on its response to the complaint filed by abutter Gerry O’Reilly in late November. Originally the town was faced with an earlier deadline for that step, but for various reasons they asked for and received an extension to January 16.

Hull said the response, which will be filed jointly by the town and the Attorney General’s office on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection, tries to make the case as to why the groups do not believe there is merit to O’Reilly’s claim.

In the meantime, a decision must be reached soon on how the town should handle contract bids that are due for some aspects of the school. Those bids are due on January 18, and at that time the town must decide if they should award bids for any of those contracts, or if waiting would make more sense. 

“Because the case is before Superior Court, the record is still in the process of being assembled. So there isn’t a whole lot to report at this point,” said Hull. “We are currently in the mode of preparing our response.”

The town was served near the beginning of December on behalf of O’Reilly, and at the time Wilmington officials were researching to see if the final appeal had been filed before the deadline.

As it turned out, the appeal did come in on time. Though the town wasn’t served until the beginning of December, O’Reilly and his attorney, Jeffrey Baker, had turned in their paperwork several weeks earlier.

To catch up on past coverage of the high school appeals, visit Wilmington Patch’s topic page on the subject.

Kevin MacDonald January 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Wayne, You do need to go to high school. First, make sure to finish middle school !!!!
Kevin MacDonald January 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Kangaroo courts and hack politicians don't care about real issues. Thank the good Lord for the three branches of government. There is a branch that does care about real issues; The branch is called the judicial branch. Here they have jury's. Let's give the children of Wilmington something they can be proud of: NEW town officials that are not hacks. JUSTICE !!!
Mckenna January 09, 2013 at 02:36 AM
amen.....
Mckenna January 09, 2013 at 02:38 AM
now that's funny!!!....good point!!!!
ECJ January 09, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Kevin, If you really feel that way about our town officials why don't you pack it up and move out. You should hang your head in shame.

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