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Dates for Wayland Town Meeting chosen

Wayland Town Crier 6/29/16: Dates for Wayland Town Meeting chosen. The Board of Selectmen has decided to hold the next Town Election on Tuesday, March 28, followed by Town Meeting on Sunday and Monday, April 2 and 3, and Wednesday and Thursday, April 5 and 6.

Community Preservation Committee invites residents on Tours of Mainstone Farm

mainstone farmThe Community Preservation Committee will be conducting tours of Mainstone Farm in April, in conjunction with an article in the Wayland Annual Town Meeting, April 7, 2016, to appropriate funds to purchase a conservation restriction on Mainstone Farm.

The schedule is as follow:

  • April 1, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30am. By Car: Meet at Town Building (Senior Center entrance from back parking lot) to join Community Preservation Committee and Conservation Commission members who will drive you to the farm. You may walk a bit or just stay seated, hear some of the history of the Farm and enjoy the view of the farmland that Wayland residents have the opportunity to preserve, through Article 30 at Town Meeting. Sign up for tours at the Council on Aging.
  • April 2, 10am and 1pm. By Foot: Meet at the Mainstone Farmstand on Old Connecticut Path near Forest Hill Road to enjoy the beautiful landscape while walking up the hill. It is likely to be muddy so wear appropriate foot wear.
  • April 3 at 1pm. By Foot: Meet at the Mainstone Farmstand on Old Connecticut Path near Forest Hill Road to enjoy the beautiful landscape while walking up the hill. It is likely to be muddy so wear appropriate foot wear.

The promotional flyer is available online here

Information on the Wayland Annual Town Meeting can be found online here

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Preservation of North Cemetery (Article 26) information from the Historical Commission

The Wayland Historical Commission is requesting $72,000 in CPA funds at Town Meeting to restore 97 grave markers at the North Cemetery.  The Commission believes that the preservation of Wayland’s cemeteries is an important part of preserving Wayland’s history because the gravestones are historically, genealogically, culturally and artistically significant.  The North Cemetery is of particular importance to our community because it is the location of the first Sudbury settlement.  In 2003, the first phase of restoration work began with the oldest section of the North Cemetery containing primarily 18th Century tombstones when the Town hired experts using CPA funds to conserve the grave markers in the Old Section of the cemetery.  It is now time to restore the remaining sections of the cemetery where there are primarily 19th Century tombstones.

In the summer of 2015, the Town of Wayland hired Barbara Donahue, Cultural Resource Consultant to prepare a Preservation Management Plan for the North Cemetery.  As part of the Plan, the condition of each stone in the Stoney Section of the North Cemetery was examined.  For those stones identified as requiring conservation, the experts created a monument treatment proposal form which includes a photograph and physical assessment.  As a result of the assessment, 97 stones in the Stoney Section were identified as requiring conservation intervention.  The high number of stones requiring treatment can be attributed to the fact that this section of the North Cemetery has not previously been conserved.  Recommended treatments for the stones can include resetting, stabilizing, drill and pinning, creating a new base and/or cleaning.  For more information, the Preservation Monument Plan can be read on the Historical Commission’s page of the Town’s web site.

This project is important for a number of reasons.  Many of the prominent residents who were instrumental in the development of Wayland and Sudbury are buried here with names such as Goodnow, Parmenter, Rice, Heard, Glezen, and Noyes.  The monuments in the North Cemetery trace changes in both designs and social attitudes toward religious and moral views, death and eternity.  They provide examples of the largely disappeared art of stone carving that must be considered finite and irreplaceable.  Further, the North Cemetery contains stones of great breadth of iconography and style as well as high artistic merit. Thus, the North Cemetery can be considered a scenic landscape, similar to a park, and an artistic site, such as a sculpture garden or outdoor museum, which contains a collection of three dimensional artifacts.

A cemetery is different from all other types of historic sites.  Most fundamentally, it contains the physical remains of past generations and is considered sacred, consecrated ground.  The stones are also a collection of archives, having the same value as any paper archive.  It is a storehouse of genealogical information and information concerning both the individual and our collective pasts.

Because this project seeks to protect artifacts of Wayland’s social, historic, cultural and artistic history from neglect, deterioration from the elements and the effects of time, the Wayland Historical Commission recommends approval of the warrant article to fund conservation of the grave markers in the North Cemetery.

Public Presentation about the Proposed Community Center, March 24

The Council On Aging – Community Center Advisory Committee (a Selectmen appointed committee) welcomes the public to an Information Forum on the proposed COA-Community Center, Thursday evening, March 24 at 7:30pm (Large Hearing Room, Town Building).

Learn more about the various studies and analyses completed at Town Center that have supported bringing Article 21 to Annual Town Meeting in April.  A Community Center in this extraordinary location of river, rail trail, retail stores and open space could greatly enhance the quality of Wayland life for years to come for all generations.  Join us to learn more. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Warrant Articles Important Steps in Library Planning and Design Project

library logoThe following press release was submitted by the Library Trustees:

Last November, Town Meeting members voted resoundingly (378-49) to approve funding for a Planning and Design Study which will enable the Board of Library Trustees to explore the possibility of expanding and renovating the current library building or constructing a new library on another site in the town. The study will make Wayland eligible to apply for a State construction grant which could pay as much as 45% of the building costs of a qualified project.

The application process requires the Board of Library Trustees to investigate at least two sites as part of the study. The current site on 5 Concord Road as well as another parcel in the town will be included in the study. As a result, the Trustees are sponsoring three articles for consideration at spring Town Meeting that are essential steps in the completion of the project.

Articles 17 and 18 will allow the study’s architect to investigate the former DPW site with the adjoining lot on the other side of the Middle School driveway or to investigate 202 Old Connecticut Path as the possible second site for a new library building.

Article 19 will allow the library building to be connected to the municipal wastewater system and the removal of the septic system located on the north end of the lot at 5 Concord Road. This will expand what is considered “buildable land” at the current library site and give the architect the most flexibility in the investigation.

Support for Articles 17, 18, and 19 will ensure that the exploration of options to expand our current building or build a new library stays on track and that Wayland is eligible to apply for a State library construction grant next year.

The Board of Library Trustees encourages residents to attend Town Meeting beginning Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and to vote YES on Article 17, 18, and 19.

[Webmaster note:  information on Town Meeting articles is available online here.]

Annual Moderator’s Forum, Wednesday, March 23

dennis berry moderatorTown of Wayland Annual Moderator’s Forum.  On Wednesday evening March 23 at 7:30pm in the Senior Center of the Town Building, Moderator Dennis Berry will be holding his annual Moderator’s Forum. This is an informal opportunity for any individuals, Boards or Committees who have articles before the town meeting to come forward present their article and respond to any questions.

Anyone opposing or needing more information about an article is likewise encouraged to attend to hear the full argument and ask any questions. We will not be dealing with the budget as that would take a full night by itself. But every other article will be open to discussion. If you have an interest in any article, whether supporting or even opposing it, you would be well advised to attend.

Mainstone Farm: Wayland Hopes to Protect Slice of History

mainstone farmWayland Patch 3/16/16: Mainstone Farm: Wayland Hopes to Protect Slice of History. The gorgeous scenery of Mainstone Farm has been a part of Wayland’s identity for over 150 years and now residents have the chance to help preserve it for future generations. The Hamlen family, who has farmed the land since 1872, decided to sell the property’s development rights to Wayland in 2013. Residents can vote on the issue during the Annual Town Meetings starting April 7.