WVN #437: Bonds/Awards/Environmental concerns/Retirement
- Dear Wayland Voter,
This newsletter rounds up topics ranging from bonds to awards to environmental concerns.
NEW BONDS TOTAL $2.5 MILLION
Wayland issued $2.5 million in bonds to the market in late January for items approved at previous town meetings. The bonds had an expected coupon of 2%.
Most ($2.23 million) of Wayland's newest bonds expire by 2017. They include:
$400,000 authorized for the wastewater treatment facility, of which $200,000 will be financed, leaving $200,000 authorized but unissued.
$765,000 for various DPW equipment including the long-promised vacuum truck, whose delayed arrival is expected imminently.
$350,000 for school technology.
$250,000 for design of a new DPW facility.
$245,000 for outdoor recreational facility improvement and $75,000 for field analysis.
$200,000 for drainage.
$100,000 for school remodeling.
$100,000 for pump station upgrades.
SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
Nominations are open for the annual Lydia Maria Child award for outstanding citizenship exemplified by such things as contributions to Wayland's governance, the community's quality of life or the needs of residents.
The award is named for a historically important 19th-century abolitionist, women's rights advocate, journalist and novelist who lived in Wayland during a significant part of her career.
The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee invites nominations, which must be received by March 1. Contact Committee Chairman, Richard Turner: 7 Nob Hill Road, Wayland, or rickypt@...
NEW WEBSITE ON WAYLAND WELLS
When the Wayland Wellhead Protection Committee completed exhaustive research on protecting the town's drinking water, the town disbanded the committee. Supplying clean and safe drinking water is just one of the functions overseen by the Department of Public Works, and sometimes conflicts with other responsibilities.
Now the members of the defunct committee have launched an independent website with the aim of creating a permanent and up to date repository of information for residents as well as suggestions to encourage public stewardship and the sustainability of the town's vital resource. On the site you'll find hundreds of documents, maps and pictures ranging from basic to extremely detailed, including the Wellhead Protection Plan published last June and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection in December.
MORE TIME BEFORE BRIDGE CLOSING
A new schedule calls for the Pelham Island Road bridge to remain open longer than previously anticipated.
Town officials worked with Massachusetts Department of Transportation project managers and recently announced the new schedule. Detour signs will be posted on Feb. 21 and the road will be closed on Feb. 27. Crews will build a small temporary bridge needed to relocate water and gas lines. When that is finished, around March 16, the road will reopen until about May 1, when work on the permanent replacement for the decades-old failing bridge begins. November 2012 remains the target completion date.
The earlier schedule called for closure from about mid-February until completion.
Town officials met with concerned residents before the new schedule was announced.
WAYCAM AWARDS PRIZE, PLANS OPEN HOUSE
WayCAM, the town's local access cable channel, completed its viewer survey and awarded a Panasonic LCD TV set to a randomly selected respondent.
WayCAM has moved to its new quarters at the high school and plans a community open house in the spring. In addition to broadcasting government and community events, WayCAM offers training in video production and says it is creating a state-of-the-art media center for the town.
Programs are available online:
RAYTHEON DEMOLITION REPORT
The environmental firm overseeing the demolition, excavation and grading at the former Raytheon property to make way for the Town Center mixed-use project has filed its first status report.
Vertex, working for the developer, Twenty Wayland LLC, held a public meeting in Town Building last Sept. 1 to explain its proposed Release Abatement Measure (RAM) plan for ensuring environmental protection during the redevelopment now under way.
Those interested in learning what occurred and what was found during demolition can see the Release Abatement Measure Status Report posted on Raytheon's extranet:
To log in: username raytheon, password wayland, all lower case. Then click on New Documents and a list of links appears for Vertex's work as well as a link to the new AUL (Activities and Use Limitation) filed on Dec. 21, 2011. Click on the latest link, Jan. 19, 2012 to access Status Report No. 1.
The report begins with some history of the environmental cleanup. Then about ten pages describe recent demolition activities and at the very end the filing of new use restrictions. Also documented: excavation, evaluation and removal of underground storage tanks and concrete basins; other findings under the former research building; testing required by Raytheon's Licensed Site Professional.
FAREWELL TO SGT. MANLEY
Wayland Police Sgt. Richard Manley retires this week after 34 years of service to the town.
Manley grew up in Wayland and graduated from Wayland High School and Northeastern University. He was promoted to his present rank in 1987.
-- WVN Staff
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Michael Short, Editor