SELECTMEN NEWS WHS Gym Floor To Be Replaced After Just 4 Years

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that Wilmington High School’s gymnasium floor is getting replaced.“This may be a surprise to many people,” began Hull. “The [new high school] opened in 2015. In the early summer months of 2015, [the DPW] identified that the floor panels in some locations were crimping, particularly in the center of the floor.”The building project’s design firm Dore & Whittier and contractor Gilbane Co. told the town that the crimping was “a natural part of acclimation” and that the wood would shrink and expand depending on the climate.“[The floor] continued to maintain an unevenness, which led the town to pursuing the issue further with the designers and contractor,” continued Hull. “Ultimately, their recommendation was to bring in dehumidifiers and fans, which we did. These has some measure of effect, but the floor wouldn’t settle back down until the fall. These circumstances have continued now for the last few years.”“Clearly, the townspeople paid for a gym floor that was going to function the way it is intended to. It’s the town’s position that the floor needs to be replaced,” concluded Hull. “The expectation is that we will be going to mediation with the contractor to resolve the floor’s replacement.”The town recently completed a bidding process for the floor project, receiving three bids ranging from $219,200 to $268,666.“The expectation is we would be looking to award the job to the lowest qualified bidder, subject to the mediation process,” explained Hull. “Town Counsel is involved as we look to mediate this matter.”“I definitely feel that the contractor is absolutely responsible for this and really needs to pay for it,” added Selectman Mike McCoy. “It should be loud and clear that the town shouldn’t be paying a penny for it. It’s the contractors fault and they’re trying to say it’s not.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

first_imgA man with a Putin mask and a rainbow flag attends a rally against the policy of US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in central Helsinki, Sunday, 15 July 2018. President Trump and president Putin will meet in Finland`s capital on Monday, 16 July 2018.President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assuring that “nothing bad … and maybe some good will come out” of Monday’s meeting in Finland. His national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he “hadn’t thought” about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 US presidential election.But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said “certainly I’ll be asking about it.”He blamed the Democratic National Committee for “allowing themselves to be hacked” by Russians trying to help elect him.The US has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can’t compel Russia to hand over citizens. Russia’s constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.Asked whether Trump would ask Putin to turn over the 12 military intelligence officials, US national security adviser John Bolton called the idea “pretty silly” and said doing so would put the president in a “weak position.”He said Trump goes into the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.”I think the president can put this on the table and say, ‘This is a serious matter that we need to talk about,'” Bolton said. He said asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect.”For the president to demand something that isn’t going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength.”In the CBS News interview, Trump said he’s entering the Helsinki summit with “low expectations. I’m not going with high expectations.” He declined to discuss his goals, but said such sessions are beneficial. He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as a “good thing,” along with meetings he’s had with Chinese president Xi Jinping.”Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out,” Trump said.He described the European Union, a bloc of nation’s that includes many of America’s closest allies, as a “foe.””I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said, adding that “you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.”He said Russia is a foe “in certain respects” and that China is a foe “economically … but that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.” Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him as a competitor in recent days.Trump said he respects Europe’s leaders but adds that they’ve taken advantage of the US on trade and defense spending.The president sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts hours before Trump flew to Helsinki on Sunday.Trump and Putin have held talks twice before. Their first meeting came last July while both participated in an international summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes. The leaders also met last fall during a separate summit in Vietnam.But Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, said Monday’s meeting “is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it’s a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests.”Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday’s meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some international issues.”The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russia is off-the-charts high so it’s a good thing these presidents are getting together,” he said.Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling, along with Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics. Bolton described the meeting as “unstructured” and said: “We’re not looking for concrete deliverables here.”Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., rejected Bolton’s assertion that the indictments put Trump in a stronger position going in to the meeting.”He has already said that he has asked Putin about meddling, Putin told him he didn’t do it, and he believed him,” Murphy said. “And so it just belies common sense that the president of the United States, this president, is going to sit down across from Putin and press him hard on the issue of Russian meddling.”Putin has denied meddling in the election.Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it’s inevitable that Russia will interfere in US elections and that it’s pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn’t “morally equivalent” to US interference in Russian elections, but “I think in their mind it is.”Huntsman was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and Bolton and Murphy spoke on ABC’s “This Week.”last_img

Elon Musk Shows Off the First SpaceX Starship Test Vehicle

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. SpaceX is done preparing the Starship for its very first test flight ever, and Elon Musk has shared an actual photo of assembly on Twitter. Formerly known as the “BFR,” the Starship is the private space company’s upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle meant for journeys to the moon and Mars and for hour-long trips anywhere on Earth.As you can see, the actual spacecraft has a lot more texture than the smooth computer render the SpaceX chief teased a few days ago. That’s because this is the suborbital version designed for vertical take-off and landing tests — Musk said the orbital version will be taller and have thicker skins that won’t wrinkle. It’ll likely take some time before we see that bigger, smoother Starship, though. For now, we’ll keep an eye out for the suborbital version’s first test flight, which could take place in as soon as one to two months. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read January 11, 2019last_img read more