As a general policy, the town does not respond to negative, public criticism but felt it necessary to respond to Mr. Dowling’s letter to the editor published last week. Mr. Dowling’s Internet service was not disconnected by the town or by anything the town did. His provider found out that he had been receiving his Internet access for many years without paying and discontinued the service. Mr. Dowling and his tenants should contact a local provider to purchase Internet services.
The good news for Mr. Dowling, and to all the people in the downtown, is that as of last week we have contracted to provide a free Wi-Fi zone for the village area. This service is provided through a grant the town acquired through the Vermont Digital Economy project. The service is now “live” but we will be hosting a kick-off meeting on November 21, at the town offices meeting room at 5 pm. All are invited.
With the help of town staff, the selectboard, and many hard-working volunteers serving on town committees, the town has completed many positive projects this past year. These include the newly renovated park and ride municipal parking lot, the Reardon’s Crossing footbridge, the re-establishment of the Hoot, Toot, and Whistle Trail, the consummation of the Valley Trail, the lighting of the West Main Street parking lot, the establishment of the Vermont Downtown Designation and subsequent forming of Wilmington Works, the revolving loan program, and the events fund program for new or expanding events in town, and the completion of all Irene-related infrastructure improvements.
The town has made great progress since the flood and, while there is still more work to do, we are excited about the many improvements going on in Wilmington. It is the town’s hope that everyone focus on the positives of this beautiful community, remain confident and optimistic about our future, and thank God for the many blessings we have already received.