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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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Q & A with Wayland’s new town administrator

Wayland Town Crier 12/5/18: Q & A with Wayland’s new town administrator. The spotlight on “Wayland Weekly Buzz” was Wayland’s new town administrator, Louise Miller, who has been on the job since early September. Executive producer Ken Isaacson conducted the interview. Find the entire program at waycam.tv/buzz.

Wayland selects new Town Administrator

Wayland Town Crier 7/10/18: Wayland selects new Town Administrator. Selectmen chose a new town administrator, but a contract hasn’t been signed. The board Monday unanimously selected Louise Miller, current budget manager at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, to fill the slot of outgoing Town Administrator Nan Balmer.

MetroWest communities to study climate change risks

Wayland Town Crier 6/9/18: MetroWest communities to study climate change risks. Four local communities will use state grant money to better prepare for the effects of climate change, examining how flooding, drought, insect-borne diseases and other hazards could become more prevalent in the future. Framingham, Marlborough, Sudbury and Wayland are among 82 cities and towns participating in the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Each will receive money to assess its vulnerability to climate change and develop resiliency plans, with technical support, climate change data and planning tools provided by the state.

Wayland capital project proponents make pitches

Wayland Town Crier 2/5/18: Wayland capital project proponents make pitches. Supporters of a variety of major capital projects made their cases to selectmen Monday. Town officials are exploring how to possibly fund the projects and considering relying on a Proposition 2 1/ 2 debt exclusion, which temporarily raises property taxes, for funding most work.

Wayland Community Fund chairman stepping away

Wayland Town Crier 11/24/17: Wayland Community Fund chairman stepping away. For 20 years, the Wayland Community Fund has helped people in need – from grandparents living on Social Security and raising toddlers to people facing chronic or terminal illnesses. The organization has provided more than $550,000 worth of help to Wayland residents, and Michael Patterson has been there throughout the years.

Reports offer financial, governance recommendations for Wayland

Wayland Town Crier 10/21/17: Reports offer financial, governance recommendations for Wayland. New draft reports shine a light on ways the town can improve its governance structure and selectmen can enact sound financial policies. Wayland, through the state Community Compact program, tapped the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston to evaluate the town’s financial management structure and offer guidance on financial policies.

Town of Wayland Launches Fiscal Transparency Center

Town of Wayland 5/23/17: Town of Wayland Launches Fiscal Transparency Center. Partners with ClearGov to Bring Clarity to Government Finances

The Town of Wayland is pleased to announce that it has partnered with ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform, to launch an infographic-based fiscal transparency center.

The new tool provides taxpayers an easy-to-understand, visual breakdown of Wayland finances, as well as insights into the Town’s demographics and student-age population. The site also informs visitors as to how each budget item compares to neighboring communities.

Wayland is part of a growing movement of Massachusetts municipalities that are taking transparency to a new level on ClearGov platform, which also showcases basic profiles of every municipality in the state. Wayland has added detailed revenues and expenditures breakdowns of its General Fund, as well as Debt and Reserve Funds. The Town has also added commentary to many of the metrics and graphs on the site to help lend context to the figures for residents.

ClearGov sources publicly available financial data on municipalities to create easy-to-understand transparency websites for thousands of municipalities across the United States, which are made available to the public for free. Municipalities can choose to upgrade and enhance their publicly available transparency site with more robust information and provide context through commentary on the figures.

Visit the new Wayland ClearGov site here.

Note: The Wayland Schools ClearGov site is online here.