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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Wayland officials consider private road maintenance

Wayland Town Crier 10/2/17: Wayland officials consider private road maintenance. Selectmen are looking for a written policy as they weigh what private roads the town will perform light maintenance on, including plowing. The town has more than 55 private roads, 17 of which it does not currently maintain. DPW officials are looking to stop maintaining 13 additional roads. [Town Crier links require a subscription.]

Wayland and Weston Rowing Association raises funds through Ergathon

The Wayland Weston Rowing Association kicked off the beginning of the fall 2017 season with the annual Ergathon, a fundraising and community event held at Wayland Town Beach on Saturday, September 23.

The WWRA supports a highly competitive high school team with 110 students from Wayland High School and Weston High School, and a community-wide middle school program with 40 sixth-eighth graders participating this fall, and an adult recreational team.

The ergathon pits team members against each other as they race on rowing machines (ergs) in a bracketed tournament of eight kilometer races (about five miles). The fundraiser helps cover costs (shells (boats) can cost up to $45,000), bring the team together, and help develop community.

While the teams raced, parents and friends cheered them on, toured the boathouse, and enjoyed a hot breakfast. At the conclusion of the event a number of wonderful prizes were raffled off including gift cards from local restaurants, a WWRA oar and a custom-designed WWRA cornhole set. In total, the event raised over $26,000. The team will continue to collect donations through Friday. We are thankful and grateful for your donations and participation in the event.

Looking ahead to next week, WWRA takes to the Textile River Regatta in Lowell on Sunday, October 1 to kick off the racing season. For more information on the Ergathon or WWRA, please visit us at wwcrew.org or contact program director Mike Baker, rowingmike@gmail.com

Test driving cool electric cars in Wayland

Wayland Town Crier Test driving cool electric cars in Wayland. The Wayland Town Building parking lot showcased 17 electric vehicles on Sept. 10, along with their proud owners and a crowd interested in the cars and keen on test driving them. The event was organized by MassEnergize Wayland for the National Drive Electric Week, which ran from Sept. 9 to 17 in 277 places across the country.

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Wayland Awarded State Library Construction Grant

The following was submitted by Aida Gennis on behalf of the Board of Library Trustees:

On July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded the Wayland Free Public Library a Provisional Construction Grant totaling $10,137,980. The grant is part of the MBLC’s Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) which helps communities across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities.

Thirty-three applications for new construction of a public library or expansion and renovation of an existing library were submitted to the MPLCP during this highly competitive grant round. Of these applications, nine libraries were awarded grants, and twenty-four were assigned to a wait list.

Wayland’s grant is the third largest of the nine awarded and contributes 39% of the eligible construction costs of the new library building to be located at 195 Main Street, the site of the former Highway Department Garage. The award is a strong statement that the MBLC believes Wayland’s current library building does not have the capacity to meet the current and future needs of its residents.

The offer of a $10,137,980 grant is a significant one-time opportunity to receive state funds to assist with the construction costs of a new municipal building. The Trustees also anticipate achieving LEED Gold or Platinum certification which would entitle the town to receive an additional 3% ($304,139) or 3.5% ($354,829) of the current grant award as an extra disbursement.

The full cost of the project is $28,940,710. Taking into account the state grant and the anticipated LEED award,  the remaining cost to the town is estimated to be approximately $18,500,000. The Board of Library Trustees also plans to initiate a private fundraising campaign to help reduce the cost to the town and will contribute a substantial amount from The Millennium Fund to the project.

The MBLC requires each of the nine communities awarded a grant to secure local funding for their library project by January 12, 2018. To meet this tight deadline, the Trustees have submitted a warrant article for November’s Special Town Meeting to authorize funding the full cost of construction of the library project. The grant funds will only be disbursed to Wayland after local funding is secured and will be distributed in equal 20% amounts of $2,027,596 in each of the following five fiscal years starting in June 2018.

It is a longstanding practice in Wayland to address the town’s budget and funding at Annual Town Meeting in the spring rather than at Special Town Meetings which typically take place in the fall. As a result, the Trustees have received a request from the Board of Selectmen to seek an extension of the MBLC deadline to secure local funds. The Trustees agree it will be difficult for the town to consider this funding request in such a short window of time before November’s Special Town Meeting. On September 12th, the Trustees submitted a request to the MBLC that the deadline for securing local funding be extended to our Annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 2018. The MBLC will meet in early October to consider the town’s request.

This grant presents a tremendous opportunity for the town to receive state funds to improve library services for the residents of Wayland. The Trustees look forward to ongoing discussions with community members about the details of the project and its long-term benefits to our community.

New Rotary award to recognize Weston and Wayland sophomores

Wayland Town Crier 9/26/17: New Rotary award to recognize Weston and Wayland sophomores. “Service above self” is the motto of Rotary International, and this year’s global theme is “Rotary: Making a Difference.” Locally, members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland have traditionally put this into action by providing scholarships to two sophomores from each town to a statewide summer leadership conference.

Special grand marshal for Pam’s Run in Wayland

Wayland Town Crier 9/26/17: Special grand marshal for Pam’s Run in Wayland. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Wayland’s largest annual charity run, Pam’s Run. Pam’s Run is the signature event supporting Neighbor Brigade, a nonprofit organization started by Wayland residents Jean Seiden and Pam Washek to support local families facing sudden crises.

Details on Pam’s Run are available online here.

Woman indicted for stealing $30K from South Royalston water district

MassLive 9/23/17: Woman indicted for stealing $30K from South Royalston water district. A Wayland woman is accused of stealing $30,000 from a non-profit that runs a tiny public water district in Central Massachusetts.