70WVN #70: Town Meeting Report
- Jan 28, 2005Wayland Voters Network
January 28, 2005
Dear Wayland Voter,
This is a brief report on last night's town meeting. First, a recap
of Tuesday's election, in which the tax override ballot question was
defeated. The moderator announced election results at town meeting
that differed from those posted on the Town Clerk's website. The
website is correct and has a breakdown of the results precinct by
precinct www.wayland.ma.us/townclerk/elections.htm. The total vote
on Tuesday was 2005 for the override, 2645 against.
TOWN MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2005
Article 1 was passed over, i.e., no action was taken on the article.
This was the School Committee's article seeking $4.2 million to
design the proposed new high school. Borrowing such a sum would
depend on voter approval of a debt exclusion override. Given that
the override was defeated in Tuesday's election, the School Committee
opted to ask town meeting to pass over Article 1.
Article 2 was approved, 503 to 320. This was a petitioners'
article. It was amended once before final approval. Here is the
amended text of Article 2, as approved by town meeting:
To determine whether the Town will vote to manage financial risk to
the Town and its taxpayers by, effective immediately, freezing the
expenditure of funds appropriated, or to be appropriated, for
architectural design and project management services for the proposed
renovation and expansion of the Wayland High School until such time
as (1) the new Massachusetts School Building Authority has completed
its state-wide needs survey; (2) the new Massachusetts School
Building Authority has issued its final standards and regulations for
school project funding applications; and (3) the Finance Committee
has presented to the taxpayers, at a public hearing, a comprehensive
analysis of the financial position of the Town.
Article 4 was defeated on a voice vote. This was the Planning
Board's article seeking $25,000 to fund a traffic study for Wayland
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