My name is Jim Burke and I am running for re-election to the town of Wilmingtons Selectboard.
Patti and I have enjoyed calling Wilmington home since we moved here in November 2002. After getting acclimated to life here, I had a desire to help others and one of the ways I chose to give back to the town was by public service.
In early 2009 there was an issue that saw many in town divided and frustrated and it was one of the issues that prompted me to run for the selectboard. I was elected to serve the town and am now seeking to continue to do so as I feel my service and skills have made a positive impact and are still needed as we go forward. Since 2009, Wilmington has been through a lot of changes and significant events and I’m proud to have played a role in them.
In September 2009, I began serving as a member (ex-officio) of the garage committee along with Chuck Clerici (chair), Jeremy White, and Fred Skwirut. Through most of 2010, the garage committee worked diligently on options and recommendations resulting in a completed garage design and contractor firm ready to build it. At a special town meeting, the voters were asked to allocate a $300K surplus to the garage capital fund and a positive vote from the voters moved the town forward on this long overdue project. The spring of 2011 saw ground broken for the garage and the project went along smoothly until Wilmington was waylaid by Irene in August.
In early 2012, the garage was completed however, and the town highway crew moved in. Looking back at Irene, I will say that working together with other town leaders the critical first 10 days after the storm was an experience to remember and I was proud of how we handled the myriad details that needed to be tended to each day. Wilmington and the surrounding communities picked themselves up, cleaned up and, with the help of many, started to rebuild. One of my roles during this rebuilding time was to oversee the mitigation of flood damage for all town buildings (police station, town hall/town clerk’s office, Memorial Hall, and the fire station) as well as overseeing the design and renovation of the temporary town hall/town clerk/police station. Through the summer of 2012, I oversaw the renovation of the downtown town hall/town clerk/police station making several suggestions for design and feature changes which the board approved. While it may not be a perfect location, we have our home base again while we work on plans for the future.
In the last four years, I have been happy to serve the people of Wilmington through the many changes and events, taking on and completing any job, large or small that was asked of me. I have listened and brought forward both complaints and ideas from townspeople to the board, representing you as best I can. While serving on the board I have provided leadership in thoughts and ideas as well as in actions.
Wilmington is at a critical juncture in time where proven, clear minded, common sense, skilled leadership is needed. I have the passion and fire in my heart and I feel I have the relevant skills to continue to lead and serve. Therefore, on March 5, I ask for your vote which will enable me to proudly serve the people of Wilmington for another two years.