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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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Town’s Financial Summit, September 9

September means the end of summer and the beginning of the Town’s budget process.  On Monday, September 9 the Town will have its second Financial Summit.  The public presentation will include an overview of the Town’s financial indicators, the anticipated FY 2021 revenue forecast, projected economic development,  budget drivers and forecast, and a five-year financial forecast.  The presentation will be held in the large hearing room at 7:15pm.  The presenters at the financial summit will be Louise Miller, Town Administrator; Brian Keveny, Finance Director; Arthur Unobskey, School Superintendent; and Susan Bottan, Director of Finance and Operations for the School Department.

Residents are invited to attend this important meeting along with the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee, department heads, and members of all town boards and committees.

The next steps in the budget process are the issuance of the FY 2021 budget guidelines, submission and review of the operating budgets in October and November and the capital budgets in December.  The Finance Committee will review all budget requests in January and adopt the final recommended omnibus budget by the end of February.

Please join us when the whole process begins on September 9.

Community Meetings on the Draft Select Board/Town Manager Act for the Town of Wayland

The community is invited to attend any of the following small group meetings to discuss the Draft Select Board/Town Manager Act. A member of the Board of Selectmen will be on hand to make a presentation on the draft act and ask for feedback from the public.

All meetings will be held at the Wayland Town Building, except for the Saturday meeting. The location for the July 27 meeting is to be determined.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.

A large group forum will be scheduled in mid-September (date to be determined). For more information please go to the Town’s website at www.wayland.ma.us.

Information on Town Manager Special Act

The Town of Wayland posted the following regarding the Town Manager Special Act:

Town Manager Special Act

  • Working draft (June 19, 2019) (forthcoming)

Background Materials

  • Town of Wayland Charter Commission (forthcoming)
  • Wayland Buzz: Spotlight on Restructuring Town Government
    • Program #81 June 17, 2018

Students succeed at Wayland Town Meeting

Wayland Town Crier 6/19/19: Students succeed at Wayland Town Meeting. Wayland Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly in favor of petitioners’ Article 11 on April 29, a resolution to create a committee comprising residents of all ages to put together a “town-wide, intergenerational music festival in March 2020.” This article was a long time in the making, going back to 2017, when Kaat Vander Straeten, parent of a middle schooler, was wondering how to get young people involved in local government.

Attorney General Maura Healey rules Wayland selectmen, ZBA violated the state Open Meeting Law

Wayland Town Crier 4/30/19: Attorney General Maura Healey rules Wayland selectmen, ZBA violated the state Open Meeting Law. Selectmen and the Zoning Board of Appeals members violated the state’s Open Meeting Law, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Resident George Harris filed the complaints, the latest of dozens he made through the years against Wayland boards and committees.

2019 Annual Town Meeting Results

Results of Night One of Town Meeting

# Article Outcome Yes No
Articles completed on Night 1, Monday, April 29
1 Recognize Citizens and Employees for Particular Service to the Town Passed
Motion 1 to recognize volunteers with 25+ years of service Passed 294 13
Motion 2 to recognize employees who have retired with 20+ years of service Passed 346 13
Motion 3 to observe a moment of silence in memory of employees with 10+ years of service who have died in the past year
2 Pay Previous Fiscal Years Unpaid Bills Passed 377 19
3 Current Year Transfers Passed 378 17
4 OPEB Funding Passed 350 34
5 Fiscal Year 2020 Revolving Fund Expenditure Limits Passed 363 35
6 Fiscal Year Omnibus Budget Passed
Operating Budget Passed 428 55
Capital Budget Passed
motion to delete line 4 (Trash Compactor) Failed 114 421
motion to change funding source for Lines 19 and 20 from WB (water borrowing) to WC (Water Enterprise Fund Retained Earnings) Failed 140 421
Main Motion Passed 448 76
X Motion to change sequence of articles to take Articles 18, 19 and 20 after Article 9
Motion to add Article 24 to existing list Failed 260 348
Vote on motion to change sequence had a majority, but not two-thirds Failed 350 264
7 Personnel Bylaws and Wage & Classification Plan Passed 417 69
8 CPA: Set asides and transfers Passed 457 70
9 Compensation for Town Clerk Passed 469 70
10 Wayland Welcomes resolution Passed
Motion to amend article to add “independent contractor or volunteer” of the Town of Wayland to the employees who were already included Failed 171 497
Vote on main motion Passed 504 154
11 Resolution to Create a Committee to Organize a Wayland Music Festival Passed
Motion to allow Middle School students who developed the article to speak at Town Meeting Passed 548 94
[Note: 94 people voted against allowing three Middle School students who worked on this article to address the meeting]
Main Motion Passed 646 42
12 Automatic Water Meter Reading Passed 289 122
Articles completed on Night 2, Tuesday, April 30  
13 High School Athletic Complex Renovation  Passed 1030 224
14 CPA: Partial Funding for Part 2 of the Wayland High School Athletic Complex Plan  Passed 1142 162
15 Loker Turf Field  Failed
  Amendment to reduce budget to $2.8 million Failed 332 972
  Main Motion (had majority, but not 2/3 necessary) Failed 894 468
X Motion to re-order articles (to move marijuana article forward) Failed 437 532
16 Build a Grass Athletic Field on Loker Recreation and Conservation Area Property Failed 
  Motion to amend field to make it 11v11, add lights, and increase budget by 15% Passed 652 363
  Motion as amended Failed 404 586
17 CPA: Rehabilitate Trailheads and Construct Limited Parking at Loker Conservation and Recreation Area  
  Motion 1 (trailheads) Passed  423 86
  Motion 2 (parking area) Passed 298 205
18 CPA: Recreation Projects to Include Construction of Boat Ramp on Dudley Pond and Outdoor Classroom and Pollinator Garden at Cow Common  
  Motion 1 (boat launch) Passed
  Motion 2 (outdoor classroom and native pollinator garden) Passed
X motion to extend time limit for evening’s debate until warrant is complete Passed 255 101
19 CPA: Historic Preservation Projects to Restore Fence at First Parish Church, Preserve Arched Window at Cochituate Village Apartments, and Restore Stone’s Bridge Passed
  Motion 1 (fencing by First Parish Church) Passed
  Motion to reduce budget from $17,000 to 3,000 Failed
  Motion 1 as presented Passed 239 53
  Motion 2 (preserve arched window of Cochituate School) Passed 260 37
  Motion 3 (preserve Stone’s Bridge) Passed 246 62
20 CPA: Funding for Housing Consultant Passed 245 65
21 Accept Spencer Circle as a Public Way Passed over
22 Zoning: Amend Code Related to Marijuana Establishments and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers Passed 241 60
23 Appropriate Funds for Snake Brook Dam Valve Repairs Passed
24 Limit Carrying of Weapons in Town Buildings and to Town Events Failed 63 121
25 Choose Town Officers Passed 138 4
26 Hear Reports  
  PCC announces Mike Patterson as winner of Lydia Maria Child award  

 

 

Debt Exclusion Explained

This post submitted by The Board of Selectmen:

The Board of Selectmen placed two debt exclusion questions on the April 23rd Town Election ballot: Wayland High School (WHS) athletic complex renovation and Loker turf field construction. Voters passed debt exclusion funding a year ago on these projects, but no action was taken at Town Meeting, so residents need to vote again. On April 23rd, voters will see three questions on the ballot, two of which are the debt exclusions addressed here. We thought it would be helpful to answer some common questions on the process.

What is a debt exclusion? A debt exclusion vote allows a town to raise tax revenue in addition to that generated under the Proposition 21⁄2 levy. (The levy limit is the total overall amount any community is allowed to raise through taxation. Proposition 21⁄2 limits the annual increase to 2.5% plus new growth plus increases in assessed value of property.) These additional tax revenues pay for debt (principal and interest) borrowed for a specific purpose. In this way, a town can build a school or other building and not fund it from its existing revenues. In other words, a debt exclusion is a means of funding a particular project(s) with a temporary increase in the levy limit. The debt is excluded from (that is, exempt from) the levy limitations of Proposition 21⁄2. Debt exclusion is a tool that towns use to show voter commitment for projects and willingness to support them financially.

How does a debt exclusion differ from an override? Both are Proposition 21⁄2 questions and, in municipal finance language, both are technically overrides. However, there are some basic differences. While both will increase your property taxes, a debt exclusion is a temporary increase while an operating override is a permanent increase in the town’s tax levy limit. A debt exclusion finances a particular project(s) and your taxes increase for a period of time, usually 10-20 years, to cover the cost of the project. When the financing bond is paid off, your tax increase for that project
goes away.

Why are there two votes – one at the polls and one at Town Meeting? A debt exclusion is required to pass two thresholds: a simple majority at the polls and a two-thirds majority at Town Meeting. This year, Town Meeting will vote on two articles related to the debt exclusion: Article 13 – High School Athletic Complex Renovation and Article 15 – Loker Turf Field Construction.

What does voting “yes” on a debt exclusion question at the ballot mean? A “yes” vote only allows the Town to use excluded debt to fund a project. A “yes” vote does not mean approval of the project; that only happens at Town Meeting with the appropriation. There is no dollar amount shown in the ballot question(s). The project still needs to pass at Town Meeting with a two-thirds majority vote for borrowing, and the articles at Town Meeting ask for a specific dollar amount in the appropriation.

What does voting “no” on a debt exclusion question at the ballot mean? A “no” vote means the Town cannot exclude or exempt the debt from the levy. The project/article can still be considered at Town Meeting even if it does not achieve a majority at the ballot, but the debt would be “regular” or non-exempt debt. A two-thirds majority is still needed to pass the article at Town Meeting if it is funded with borrowing. The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee both recommend funding these projects with excluded debt.

What happens if a “no” vote prevails at the ballot, but Town Meeting passes the article WITH debt exclusion funding? The Board of Selectmen would need to decide whether to call another special election/ballot. The decision to use excluded debt must pass at the ballot, but this vote can happen after the vote on the article at Town Meeting.

What does the Town’s financial advisor and Moody’s think of debt exclusions? Both the Town’s financial advisor (Unibank) and the Town’s credit rating service (Moody’s) state that large capital projects are better funded with debt exclusions (excluded debt). This is not support for any particular project, but rather a preference for the funding mechanism for any one of the large capital projects.

What are the questions on the April 23rd ballot? This year the Town is being asked to consider three ballot questions. Question 1 relates to the prohibition of recreational marijuana establishments in the Town of Wayland, which is not a debt exclusion question and therefore is not being addressed in this article. Questions 2 and 3 are debt exclusion questions

Ballot Question 2: Shall the Town of Wayland be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-
half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay for the design, permitting, engineering, reconstruction and construction of the Wayland High School Stadium Complex Renovation and Tennis Court and Softball Field Reconstruction, including the replacement of bleachers and lighting, as described in Parts 1 and 2 of the Wayland High School Facility Strategic Master Plan (High School Athletic Preferred Improvement Plan), including any and all other costs incidental or related thereto?

Ballot Question 3: Shall the Town of Wayland be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-
half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay for designing, permitting, engineering and constructing a multi-purpose synthetic turf athletic playing field at the Loker Conservation & Recreation Area, including playing surfaces, lighting, drainage, landscaping, recreational amenities, access and parking areas; and any and all other costs incidental or related thereto?

Where can I find more information on the upcoming votes? The 2019 Annual Town Meeting Warrant should have arrived in your mailbox. It is also available on the Town of Wayland’s website. For more information you are welcome to attend the Warrant Hearing on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 pm in the Wayland Town Building.

Wayland Board of Selectmen
Lea Anderson
Mary Antes
Louis Jurist
Cherry Karlson
Doug Levine