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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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Wayland Seeks Bids For New Town Community Center

Wayland Patch 1/14/20: Wayland Seeks Bids For New Town Community Center. Wayland has issued a request-for-proposals (RFP) for a new community center to house the Council on Aging, recreation activities, and other town functions. The RFP is seeking bids for land or an existing building to lease that’s up to 21,000 square-feet, according to the bid.

Wayland attempts to get rid of ‘flat’ town government

Wayland Patch 1/7/20: Wayland Attempts to get rid of ‘Flat’ Town Government. For the third time since 1989, Wayland this year will attempt to change the structure of town government, moving toward a strong town manager system with departments arranged in a hierarchy. The change would leave town volunteer boards and committees intact, according to officials.

Wayland Looks To Broaden Food Safety Inspections

Wayland Patch 12/19/19: Wayland Looks To Broaden Food Safety Inspections. The Wayland Board of Health may expand food safety regulations to include stores that sell non-refrigerated, prepackaged foods. The town will hold a hearing on the proposed rule in January.

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.