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2017 Annual Town Meeting Results

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Articles Completed on Sunday, April 2

  1. Recognize Citizens and Employees for Particular Service to the Town.  Passed

  2. Pay Previous Fiscal Year Unpaid Bills.  Passed 86-2   (Motion by Cherry Karlson, under abbreviated procedure)

  3. Current Year Transfers.  Passed 108-6  (Motion by Cherry Karlson, under abbreviated procedure)

  4. OPEB Funding.  Passed 102-10 (Motion by Cherry Karlson, under abbreviated procedure)

  5. Revolving Fund Bylaw.  (Motion by Louis Jurist)

  • Motion 1 Passed 143-4.
  • Motion 2 Passed 136-9.
  1. FY 2018 Omnibus Budget
  • Motion 1:  Passed 181-44 (Motion by Dave Watkins)
    • Included amendment by Ellen Grieco to transfer funds from the salary reserve line to the school department budget to cover the teacher contract settlement (Passed 176-58)
    • An amendment proposed by Anette Lewis to decrease the reserve for salary settlement to 0 failed, 66-189
  • Motion 2-6 Passed 237-11 (Motion by Dave Watkins)
  • Motion 7:  Passed 223-34 (Motion by Carol Martin)
  1. Personnel Bylaws and Wage & Classification Plan.  Passed 247-17 (Motion by Miranda Jones)

  2. Compensation for Town Clerk.  Passed 233-21 (Motion by Lea Anderson)

  • Motion by Linda Segal to amend article to add “subject to revision at next Town Meeting” failed 80-183
  • Motion by Alan Reiss to change Town Clerk’s salary to $77,020 failed 62-210
  1. Non-Medical/Recreational Marijuana Moratorium – Zoning Bylaw Amendment.  Failed, 185-109 (did not achieve 2/3 majority required).  Motion by Sarah Greenaway

  2. Authorize Local Voting Rights for Permanent Resident Aliens Residing in Wayland.  Passed 199-90.  Motion by Mary Antes

  3. Library Construction Grant Application: Acceptance of Preliminary Design and Procedural Authorizations.  Passed 202-91.  Motion by Aida Gennis

  4. Authorize Acquisition of an Access and Utility Easement at 89 Stonebridge Road.  Passed 170-12.  Motion by Woody Baston

  5. Street Acceptance.  Motions by Ira Montague

  • Dylan’s Circle:  Passed 160-20
  • Summer Lane: Passed 154-29
  1. Limited Site Plan Review – Exempt Uses.
  • Mike Lowery proposed an amendment to delete the phrase “and excessive light pollution” from (d), failed 88-98
  • Main motion by Dan Hill passed 180-16.
  1. Preservation of Historically Significant Buildings Through Demolition Delay.  Failed, 98-99.  Motion by Elisa Scola

Articles Completed on Monday, April 3

  1. Community Preservation Fund General Budget – Set Asides and Transfers.  Motion by Gretchen Schuler.
  • Motion 1 passed 120-9
  • Motion 2 passed 129-14
  1. Appropriate Funds to Restore Mellen Law Office and Cochituate Town Clock.  Motion by Elisa Scola.
  • Motion 1 passed 158-23.
  • Motion 2 passed 167-27
  1. Appropriate Funds to Hire a Housing Consultant.  Passed 172-46.  Motion by Susan Weinstein

  2. Appropriate Funds to Construct Athletic Field at Oxbow Meadows.

  • Motion by Amanda McLean to pass over the article until there is an environmental assessment. Motion to terminate debate by Gordon Cliff passed 259-24. Amendment failed 70-235.
  • Motion to terminate debate on main motion by Lou Russell passed 262-52.
  • Passed 252-64. Article argued by Frank Krasin (main motion by Gretchen Schuler?)
  1. Appropriate Funds to Construct ADA Trails and Signs at Dudley Woods.  Passed 174-43.  Motion by Gretchen Schuler.

  2. Appropriate Funds to Restore/Replace Windows of First Wayland High School, Now Known as Bradford Hall.  Passed 155-59.  Motion by Elisa Scola

  3. Transfer Station Access Road Improvements.  Motion by Michael Lowery.

  • Adam Hirsh made a motion to break up the project to fund only the access road (approximately $500,000).  Carol Martin moves the question (passed 205-5).  Motion on amendment fails 33-177.
  • Main motion passed 180-26.
  1. Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw.
  • Motion by petitioner Paul Dale.
  • Amendment proposed by Chris Brown to change ownership of enforcement to Selectmen, passed 195-8
  • Joe Nolan moved the question, motion to terminate debate passed 207-0
  • Article (as amended) passed 188-22
  1. Polystyrene Food Container Bylaw.  Passed 167-22.  Motion by Paul Dale

  2. Accept Gifts of Land

  3. Hear Reports

  4. Choose Town Officers .

  5. Sell or Trade Vehicles and Equipment

No Pot Biz Among Proposed Wayland Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Wayland Patch 2/1/17: No Pot Biz Among Proposed Wayland Zoning Bylaw Amendments. The public is getting a chance to weigh in on some proposed amendments to Wayland’s zoning bylaw, including a moratorium on using any buildings for recreational marijuana establishments until 2019.

Wayland Board of Selectmen Announces 2017 Annual Town Meeting and Town Election Dates

At its meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, the Board of Selectmen voted to open the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to begin on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 1pm. in the Wayland High School Field House, and the Annual Election to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at designated polling places.

The warrant for said Annual Town Meeting will be open from Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 8:30am, through Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 4:30pm.  In accordance with Chapter 36, Section 36‑3 of the Code of the Town of Wayland, all articles for consideration and inclusion in said warrant shall be submitted to the Selectmen’s Office in Wayland Town Building at 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, Massachusetts by 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Information relating to the 2017 Annual Town Meeting will be posted on the website,, as it becomes available.

Wayland Special Town Meeting concludes in one night

Results of Town Meeting are posted online here. Video of the meeting is online here.

Wayland Town Crier 11/16/16: Wayland Town Meeting stands by new road to wells. Town Meeting on Tuesday reaffirmed its support of a $936,000 project to build an access road and a second water main to the Happy Hollow wells as residents rejected a proposal to eliminate the capital project.

Finance Committee Warrant Article Workshop, September 12

wayland town sealThe Finance Committee will hold its Special Town Meeting Warrant Article Workshop on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wayland Town Building. The workshop is held to facilitate public discussion and understanding of the articles submitted for Special Town Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Wayland High School Field House. This workshop is held in conformance with Wayland’s Bylaws Section 19-3, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Finance Committee requires at least one member of each sponsoring board or a petitioner to attend the workshop to present a brief synopsis of the article and be available for questions from the Finance Committee and the public.

The workshop allows each article sponsor to summarize the purpose for the article and respond to brief questions from the Finance Committee and the public. The workshop is not the place to debate the merits of the articles but to introduce the Finance Committee members (who will do the write-ups, if any) and the public to the articles up for discussion.

Articles will be discussed in the order submitted unless other arrangements are made with the Finance Director.

Wayland Town Meeting approves budget on first night

Wayland Town Crier 4/7/16: Wayland Town Meeting approves budget on first night. Voters at the first night of annual Town Meeting approved the town’s operating and capital budgets for the next fiscal year, running from July 2016 to June 2017, before adjourning to a Sunday afternoon session starting at 1 p.m.

Vote on Community Center likely at Wayland Town Meeting

Wayland Town Crier 12/31/15: Vote on Community Center likely at Wayland Town Meeting. Despite the fact that the final disposition of the municipal parcel adjacent to the Town Center development has not yet been definitively settled, the Council on Aging/Community Center Advisory Committee reports that it has finished much of the preparatory work to build such a facility, should voters at town meeting give a stamp of approval.