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508WVN #401: Transfer station sharing ends

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  • waylandvoters1
    May 3, 2011
      Dear Wayland Voter,

      Wayland and Sudbury are ending an experimental sharing of waste transfer stations.


      The experiment begun last September of sharing transfer stations with Sudbury will end in three weeks. Tuesday May 24 will be the last day for Sudbury residents to use Wayland's facility, and Thursday May 26 the last day for Waylanders to use Sudbury's.

      Both stations will continue to operate on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.

      Officials of both towns issued a statement ending the experiment evaluating the possibility of consolidating operations at one site. One attempt to use Wayland for both towns on Saturdays produced customer complaints about volume and traffic. And in informal surveys residents of both towns were enthusiastic about the features of their hometown station. Some readers responding to a WVN survey said they gave up on the Sudbury site after one visit.

      Sudbury requires more rigorous separation of recyclables. While WVN readers boasted of the Wayland put-and-take area as a great place for practical things like unused furnace filters and garden tools, Sudbury residents seemed equally enthusiastic about their more boutique-like equivalent. Wayland and Sudbury officials say they'll continue to explore ways of reducing the cost of waste disposal and sharing other resources.

      -- WVN Staff


      The Wayland Community Fund, which has been quietly helping residents since 1997, reports record recent donations, but also increasing needs during a slumping economy.

      The group's annual report describes typical cases resulting from wage earners losing their jobs. Many applicants are single parents with children in school. As job-hunting drags on, medical insurance ends, utility bills go unpaid, winter fuel oil runs out, and families may be desperately short of food. Some applicants have been faced with eviction and have had electricity cut off. Some face serious medical problems.

      The Community Fund interviews applicants confidentially and makes payments directly to suppliers. Over the years more than $300,000 from the Fund has helped families to stay afloat.

      The fund is entirely supported by private funds and carries an overhead of precisely zero. Even the cost of mailing the annual report was paid for by Fund volunteers. Checks made out to Wayland Community Fund can be sent to the Treasurer/Collector's Office, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland 01778.

      You can learn more by calling a recorded line, 508-358-3624, says Fund Chairman Michael B. Patterson.

      -- WVN Staff


      Wayland firefighters are collecting supplies for tornado victims, inspired by a fireman whose sister attends the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

      You can leave donations at the Cochituate fire station on Main Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday May 3. Needed goods include bicycles, baby formula, diapers, wipes, toys, stuffed animals, personal hygiene products, sunscreen, underwear, socks, batteries, flashlights and dog food.

      The firefighters suggest cash donations to the BAMA relief Fund at TD Bank to help defray the cost of transporting the donated items by truck to Alabama.

      -- WVN Staff


      That's the title of a talk by Rachel Freed, wetlands and waterways section chief of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Building on Wednesday May 4.

      If you follow Wayland town planning and the work of the Conservation Commission, you know that wetlands protection plays a big role in development. If you have applied for a building permit, you may have first-hand knowledge. But you may not know all the many benefits wetlands provide, and the cost to all of us when they are damaged.

      The talk is sponsored by the Wayland League of Women Voters.

      -- WVN Staff