WILMINGTON -- There is plenty to do when it comes to restoring vibrancy downtown and creating a plan that best utilizes the character of the town.
On Aug. 13, the downtown Wilmington Works Board met to discuss the progress of multiple items that board members have been taking care of.
Town Manager Scott Murphy had told several board members that they would need a program coordinator at some point in the future.
"My understanding is that we don't have the votes on the Selectboard for the funding of this position yet," said board member John Gannon. "We don't want to bring this issue to the Selectboard if we're going to lose. This would be a step backwards."
He told the board that for now, the work can be done without the additional position. The possibility of the paid position will be brought up again after a few more meetings.
A discussion of the potential position had been taken off the agenda for the Aug. 7 Selectboard meeting because the Wilmington Works Board had not yet discussed it as a board.
The Wilmington Works Board agreed to update the Selectboard at its next meeting on Sept. 21.
"I think we accomplished a lot and it would be good for the Selectboard to hear," said Gannon.
The Wilmington Works Design Committee had its first organizational meeting, the board was told. That committee will focus on items such as buildings, facades, planning, zoning, transportation, visual merchandise, public amenities, sidewalks and lighting.
An agenda from the committee to discuss the Conway School of Design's Master Plan for the town will be sent out soon.
"The purpose is to get public input, then pass it on to Arnett and Muldrow," said Gannon.
Arnett and Muldrow Associates is a firm that will be visiting the town from Sept. 11 until Sept. 13.
A community input session will be held at Memorial Hall on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.
Other items that were discussed by the board included:
-- A logo is being designed with the Wilmington Works name. With two different designs, the board generally agreed that the original one would fit best.
-- Board member Adam Grinold updated the board on the website. He said he wanted a picture of the downtown area that included more modern clothing and vehicles. A stock photograph he had seen was from about 10 years ago.
For the Wilmington Works website, the board had come to consensus on the perimeters for the downtown village. Downtown, as far as the board is concerned, would reach from the White House to the Nutmeg Inn to North Star Bowling to Wahoo's Eatery.
The website is planned to show visitors where they may find a certain type of store or pharmacy.
-- A brochure, which will highlight all the historical buildings and other town activities, is in the process of being designed. It will likely be available sometime between November and December.
-- Signage could possibly be added to the Design Committee's charge and the metal signs that point out the historical sites around town could be replaced. Wilmington Selectboard member Susie Haughwout said the Design Committee could come up with a simple design then present it to the town manager.
-- The lawn at an abandoned house on Main Street, which had been discussed at other meetings in town, was addressed. There were a few solutions mentioned, which mostly included contacting the owners and finding volunteers to do the appropriate landscaping work.
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