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Wayland Board of Selectmen Announces 2017 Annual Town Meeting and Town Election Dates

At its meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, the Board of Selectmen voted to open the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to begin on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 1pm. in the Wayland High School Field House, and the Annual Election to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at designated polling places.

The warrant for said Annual Town Meeting will be open from Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 8:30am, through Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 4:30pm.  In accordance with Chapter 36, Section 36‑3 of the Code of the Town of Wayland, all articles for consideration and inclusion in said warrant shall be submitted to the Selectmen’s Office in Wayland Town Building at 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, Massachusetts by 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Information relating to the 2017 Annual Town Meeting will be posted on the website, http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_Selectmen/ATM2017, as it becomes available.

Wayland Town Meeting finishes earlier than expected

Wayland Town Crier 4/11/16: Wayland Town Meeting finishes earlier than expected. Wayland Town Meeting finished its business just before 9 p.m. on Monday, despite the fact an additional session was expected Tuesday night, and a fifth session was even possible for Thursday. The quick pace through 16 articles on Monday was helped by the fact that there was minimal discussion about approving a $15 million conservation restriction for Mainstone Farm, an article to fund traffic control measures on Glezen Lane was passed over, and an abbreviated procedure was used for less controversial articles.

2016 Annual Town Meeting Results

Note: results below are unofficial. Some vote counts were difficult to hear, and may not be accurate.

# Article Name Result
Session 1: Thursday, April 7, 2016
1 Recognize Citizens and Employees for Particular Service to the Town Passed
2 Pay Previous Fiscal Year Unpaid Bills Passed over
3 Current Year Transfers Passed
4 OPEB Funding Passed
5 Establish 53D Recreation Revolving Fund for the Wayland Town Beach Passed, 170-10
6 Establish a Recreation Stabilization Fund Passed 187-16
7 Adopt Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53 E ½, Revolving Accounts Passed as amended, 207-46
Amendment by Brud Wright to include Recreation field and gym user fees in the revolving fund. Passed
130-129
8 FY 2017 Omnibus Budget as Amended

Motions 1 & 2:  170-90
Motion 3: 173-39
Motion 4: 164-18
Motion 5: 164-18

Passed

 

 

 

Amendments as follows:

by Molly Upton: To change funding sources of items 1 and 2 (Information Technology items totalling $120,000) from Cash Capital to Free Cash.

by Molly Upton: to change funding source for item 12 (Heavy Equipment for DPW) from borrowing to $120,000 cash capital and $105,000 borrowing.

by Duane Galbi to eliminate item 28 (Stonebridge water main).

by Duane Galbi to reduce item 28 (Stonebridge water main) by $600,000.

 

 

Passed 165-61

 

Failed 60-171

 

Failed 77-152

Failed 53-172

Session 1 adjourned at 10:18pm
Session 2: Sunday, April 10, 2016
9 Accept Gifts of Land Passed 103-1
10 Confirmatory Taking of Newbury Conservation Land Passed 111-2
11 Streamlining Town Meeting Discussion Passed 112-87
12 Personnel Bylaws and Wage Classification Plan Passed 179-12
13 Compensation for Town Clerk Passed 175-27
14 Amend Chapter 145-Inspection, Testing, Maintenance of Private Fire Hydrants Passed 195-8
15 Fund Permanent Reconfiguration of the Intersection of East Plain St, School St and Rte. 30 Passed 173-48
16 Fund Reconfiguration of the Five Paths Intersection (Cochituate Rd and OCP) Passed 209-29
17 Authorize the transfer of 207,195 and 193 Main St. to Library Trustees Passed 213-29
18 Authorize the transfer of 202 Old Con Path to Library Trustees, for Lib use Passed 225-27
19 Fund Payment in Lieu of Sewer Betterment Assessment for Sewer Capacity Passed 254-13
20 Amend Chapter 36 of Current Bylaws (36-1) Failed 87-194
21 Appropriate Funds for Design, Construction Documents and Bidding for COA/CC Failed to achieve 2/3, 165-111
Session 2 adjourned
Session 3: Monday, April 11 at 7pm
22 Field Renovations and 207/195 Main St. Feasibility Study Failed to achieve 2/3, 190-109
Amendments as follows:

by Cherry Karlson to insert $100k and $50 into the wording to clarify how the monies would be spent

by Tom Sciacca to delete the words “or artificial” from the study of the field on Main St.

Passed, 143-89
Failed, 84-193
23 Accept Modified Route 30 and 27 Intersection as a Town Way Passed 233-9
24 Set Aside Community Preservation Funds for Later Spending Passed 234-20
25 Transfer Community Housing Funds to Wayland Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Passed 251-56
26 Appropriate Funds to Restore Monuments at North Cemetery Passed 270-30
27 Appropriate Funds to Restore Cochituate Town Clock Passed 285-31
28 Vote to Appropriate Funding for New Minuteman High School Passed over (vote 309-5)
29 Clarify Petitioner Access to Town Counsel Failed 123-237
30 Appropriate Funds to Purchase Conservation Restriction on Mainstone Farm Passed 370-33
31 Fund Glezen Lane Traffic Control Measures Passed over (vote 266-32)
32 Rescind Authorized but Unissued Debt Passed 184-8
33 Transfer Custody of Small Portion of Lakeview Cemetery Passed 196-5
34 Accept Law Increasing Real Estate Tax exemption Amounts Passed 189-5
35 Hear Reports Passed 187-8
36 Choose Town Officers Passed 166-13
37 Sell or Trade Vehicles and Equipment Passed 170-11
Session 3 adjourned at 8:50pm

OPEB Meetings March 2 and 18

The OPEB Advisory Committee invites the public to two upcoming public meetings in advance of the upcoming April Annual Town Meeting to learn more about their latest cost forecast and their Warrant Article.

Review of Actuary’s Report on OPEB
Monday March 2 2015, 7:30 – 8:30 PM, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Wayland Town Building

A joint meeting of the Wayland Board of Selectmen and the OPEB Advisory Committee will review the latest cost forecast for OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits), which is principally health insurance for retired Wayland employees.  Odyssey Advisors, the town’s actuarial firm, will assess the reasons for Wayland’s recent success in reducing OPEB costs over the past two years, and provide a forecast of OPEB through 2038.

OPEB Committee Public Information Session
Wednesday March 18, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Wayland Town Building

Wayland’s OPEB Advisory Committee will provide detailed answers to the general public on its Warrant Article on OPEB funding for the 2015 Annual Town Meeting.  The Committee will describe its work of the past year, how OPEB costs are being reduced and then shared fairly between general taxpayers and users of fee-based programs.  The recent financial results by the Town’s OPEB Investment Account will be reviewed, along with a comparison of Wayland’s OPEB funding to that of other Massachusetts towns.  General Q & A will follow.

 

Wayland selectmen given authority over town counsel

Wayland Town Crier 4/17/14: Wayland selectmen given authority over town counsel. Voters returned the authority for hiring, firing and managing legal counsel to the Board of Selectmen, when they approved a general bylaw change that stripped the town administrator of that role on the final night of Town Meeting last week.

Minuteman Vocational District considers revised regional agreement after one town rejects it

Boston Globe 4/17/14: Communities consider agreement changes. Minuteman High School’s member communities are voting this spring on a proposed amendment to its regional agreement that administrators say is necessary for the district’s success. But some area officials have raised questions about the proposed changes in the Lexington vocational school’s governance, and don’t want to move forward, at least not yet. Among the four communities that have considered the proposal, Wayland rejected the amendment, and Lincoln’s Town Meeting opted to put off its decision. Boxborough and Dover officials also have expressed some concerns in advance of their votes, according to the Minuteman district’s superintendent, Edward Bouquillon.

Needham Times 4/17/14: Minuteman Vocational District considers revised regional agreement after one town rejects it. Tensions are running high in the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District, of which Needham is a part, as Town Meetings in member communities consider proposed revisions to the Regional Agreement. “The tension is how costs get assessed,” said Needham selectman Dan Matthews. The revised agreement changes how annual assessments and contributions to capital costs are calculated, taking into account enrollment averages and the relative wealth of a community. It also gives more weight to the votes of communities who send more students to the school, and makes it easier for member communities to withdraw from the district. The revisions would likely have “no major immediate impact” on Needham, which is “middle-of-the-road” for enrollment at the school. Needham has sent between 17 and 44 students to the school each of the last 15 years. The biggest impact is on communities like Wayland and Weston that enroll few students at the school but have high relative wealth.

Wayland Town Meeting approves First Parish restorations

Wayland Town Meeting approves First Parish restorations. Voters at the third session of Town Meeting last week disagreed over Article 23, proposed by the Community Preservation Committee to spend $150,000 in restoration costs for the 1815 carriage sheds and the 1814-1815 meeting house at the First Parish Church in town center. The measure eventually passed 161-55.