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Board of Public Works Candidate Duane Galbi

Education:

B.S and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering – Cornell University

Web Site:   www.duane4wayland.com

Candidate Statement:

Karen and I are happy to be living in Wayland, and I was excited to submit my candidacy for the Wayland Board of Public Works (BPW).  As I get involved in Wayland, I have met many people who are truly generous with their time and passionate about making Wayland an even better place.  I am energized to do the same.

Why do I want to spend a good chunk of my free time working with the Wayland Board of Public Works?  The answer is quite simple.

I really enjoy talking and learning from the town residents.  I have talked to many people at the transfer station and around town and it is truly amazing what one can learn from them.  I talked to one person who seems to truly understand the physics of speed bumps.  Another resident has some great ideas on how to improve the traffic flow on Route 20.  Another person came armed with detailed pictures of a few issues that need to be addressed.   The historical and archeological talent in the town is truly unique.  Hopefully everyone goes to at least one of the talks sponsored by the Historical Society.  I think if we can take advantage of knowledge and ideas of the residents, even when they are things we might not want to hear, the BPW will be a better board.

I also think it is important for the Board to never forget that they exist to serve the residents of the town, and I think it should continually look for ways to personalize residents’ interaction with the Board.   If I am on the Board, I will respond to your emails.  I can not promise to always resolve all issues, but I can promise to listen and see what I can do.

What are my qualifications for the Board?  I am an engineer by day, as I work at Intel Corporation as one their silicon chip architects.  I spend my day problem solving, and have obtained about twenty US patents from my work.   I hope to use this same creativity to come up with unique solutions to the issues that the Board faces.

Our town is blessed with residents who are generous in their financial support of the town.  Schools are well funded and budgets pass without too much trouble.  These are good things that need to continue.  However, our capital debt servicing is a higher percentage of our overall budget than our neighboring towns (Wayland 13%, Sudbury/Lincoln around 5%), and we potentially have a fair amount of water and other infrastructure related improvements in our near future.   I believe I can help the Board investigate creative ways to reduce expenses while maintaining our services.

I ask for your vote on March 27.