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  • waylandvoters1
    Dear Wayland Voter, This repeats the final section of today s Newsletter #250 to restore dropped material. WAYCAM, SELECTMEN STILL APART The board of directors
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 16, 2008
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      Dear Wayland Voter,

      This repeats the final section of today's Newsletter #250 to restore dropped material.

      WAYCAM, SELECTMEN STILL APART

      The board of directors of Wayland Community Access Media (WayCAM) expressed concern at a recent meeting  about the Board of Selectmen's apparent intent to dictate the composition of its board and expenditure of its funds. 

      Town Administrator Fred Turkington later reported to the selectmen that in his discussions with WayCAM the sticking point seemed to be the selectmen's request for more seats on the board.

      This raises questions about what constitutes town control and the town's interest. Is the public better served by an independent board that elects members from the general population or by a board dominated by appointees of town officials?

      Should the selectmen control the board that broadcasts their meetings?

      The Board of Selectmen wants WayCAM  to add two appointees to the present seven-member  board, one from the BoS and one from the schools. With the present appointees, this would give town officials the majority of members.

      WayCAM expanded its five-person board to seven and submitted required notice to the selectmen. The BoS didn't raise the issue until a cable contract with Verizon brought the prospect of additional WayCAM revenue.

      WayCAM, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, not a town board or committee, operates with cable licensing fees paid by Comcast and will soon have additional revenue from Verizon. The funds are paid to the town for
      disbursement to WayCAM.

      WayCAM broadcasts meetings of the BoS and other boards and committees, produces a variety of local programming and is expected to train up to 100 Wayland High School students in the coming year.

      TOWN WITHHOLDS PAYMENT

      In addition to additional board positions,  the selectmen want an additional $8,000 provided by WayCAM to the schools, and is holding  Verizon funds "pending resolution of the composition of the WayCAM board of directors and oversight of
      the WayCAM budget and expenditures in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) to be drafted."

      Betsy Moyer, past chair of WayCAM, observed, "I feel it's very important for the health of WayCAM and the Board of Selectmen to keep arms length and not dictate details of operation."  The WayCAM board pointed out that expanding the size of
      its board would require a change in its bylaws rather than instruction from the Board of Selectmen.

      In addition, Moyer and School Superintendent Gary Burton  had previously agreed to wait until Fiscal Year 2010 before disbursing "at least" $8,000, and hopefully more.

      WayCAM chair Ken Isaacson cited a national publication for local stations that stressed the importance of talent on boards, rather than the composition, per se.  An article in Community Media Review's winter issue recommends  appointments
      and elections to boards such as WayCAM using a variety of mechanisms to protect against undue control by any one group.

      The article notes that "in many cases, when nonprofit community access media organizations have failed, it has been because of this issue." 
       
      Jane Stabile, WayCAM treasurer, countered BoS accusations that WayCAM was engaging in negative spending. She explained that the station is spending down some of its accumulated cash, adding that the role of a nonprofit is not to sit on a
      pile of cash but to use it for the designated purpose.
       
      In the meantime, WayCAM pointed to the  production of 122 programs this school year by WayCAM and the students in its TV production classes.

      WayCAM chair Isaacson commented, "Talks between WayCAM and the Town are ongoing and cordial at this time, and hopefully will continue so, with all issues resolved soon."
    • waylandvoters1
      Dear Wayland Voter, The section on Wayland Coupons in today s Newsletter #271 quoted Alan Reiss email address incorrectly. The correct address is
      Message 2 of 10 , Dec 3, 2008
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        Dear Wayland Voter,

        The section on Wayland Coupons in today's Newsletter #271 quoted Alan Reiss' email
        address incorrectly.

        The correct address is AlanJReiss@....
      • waylandvoters1
        In today s Wayland Voters Network Newsletter #320 part of a sentence was inadvertently dropped, misstating the average annual tax impact of long-term
        Message 3 of 10 , Nov 16, 2009
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          In today's Wayland Voters Network Newsletter #320 part of a sentence was inadvertently dropped, misstating the average annual tax impact of long-term borrowing of $45 million. The passage should have read:

          "The Finance Committee issued a financial impact report estimating the cost of long-term borrowing until 2037. The average additional tax per year would be $74 per $100,000 of assessed valuation for a property assessed at the Wayland average of $647,717. But the impact would vary from year to year with successive bonding. (Wayland's current debt is about $28 million. The cost of debt service varies as loans are added or paid off.)"

          Readers can see a breakdown based on the FinCom projections in a PDF at:

          http://web.me.com/ajreiss/WaylandMass.us/High_School_Vote.html
        • waylandvoters1
          Dear Wayland Voter, Part of Newsletter #341 is repeated below to correct the date of the second meeting: OTHER MEETINGS Wednesday March 10 and Thursday April
          Message 4 of 10 , Mar 8, 2010
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            Dear Wayland Voter,

            Part of Newsletter #341 is repeated below to correct the date of the second meeting:

            OTHER MEETINGS

            Wednesday March 10 and Thursday April 1. 7 p.m. Town Building. The Board of
            Selectmen will hold required public hearings on the renewal of Comcast's
            cable TV license, which expires in September. The hearings help to determine
            the level of support the town needs to support public, educational and
            governmental programming. Comcast and the other local cable TV provider,
            Verizon, make payments under their contracts to WayCAM, which trains Wayland
            High School students as well as providing a variety of local programming. In
            addition to expressing views at the hearings, residents can comment by email
            to www.selectmen@...
          • waylandvoters1
            Dear Wayland Voter, In WVN #496 a typographical error resulted in an incorrect vote total for Town Meeting Article 10. The correct vote was: Yes 158, No 95.
            Message 5 of 10 , Apr 8, 2013
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              Dear Wayland Voter,

              In WVN #496 a typographical error resulted in an incorrect vote total for Town Meeting Article 10. The correct vote was: Yes 158, No 95.
            • waylandvoters1
              Dear Wayland Voter, In WVN #499 the start of the Moderator s Town Meeting forum was listed as 7 p.m. The correct time is 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday April 24.
              Message 6 of 10 , Apr 14, 2013
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                Dear Wayland Voter,

                In WVN #499 the start of the Moderator's Town Meeting forum was listed as 7 p.m. The correct time is 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday April 24.
              • waylandvoters1
                The WVN newsletter posted on Sept. 29 should have been numbered 524, not 523.
                Message 7 of 10 , Sep 29, 2013
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                  The WVN newsletter posted on Sept. 29 should have been numbered 524, not 523.

                • waylandvoters1
                  In WVN #542 the link to the town administrator survey was inoperative. Please use this link instead:
                  Message 8 of 10 , Feb 9, 2014
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                    In WVN #542 the link to the town administrator survey was inoperative. Please use this link instead:


                    http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/01C854E9-000F8513
                  • waylandvoters1
                    Today s WVN election alert incorrectly said that Republican State Sen. Richard Ross had been defeated. He was outvoted in Wayland but won re-election handily.
                    Message 9 of 10 , Nov 5, 2014
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                      Today's WVN election alert incorrectly said that Republican State Sen. Richard Ross had been defeated. He was outvoted in Wayland but won re-election handily.
                    • waylandvoters1
                      Today s WVN election alert incorrectly said that Republican State Sen. Richard Ross had been defeated. He was outvoted in Wayland but won re-election handily.
                      Message 10 of 10 , Nov 5, 2014
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                        Today's WVN election alert incorrectly said that Republican State Sen. Richard Ross had been defeated. He was outvoted in Wayland but won re-election handily.
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