WVN #513: Housing/DPW sites. Legal help on $1.2M judgment
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Spring Town Meeting voters rejected plans for apartment buildings on Route 20 and a new public works garage on River Road. Some officials continue to study swapping the sites and trying again.
Also in this newsletter:
-- Selectmen are considering hiring additional legal help to deal with a $1.2 million judgment against the Town.
-- The future of fluoridated water in Wayland remains under discussion at the Board of Health.
SWAPPING ROUTE 20 AND RIVER ROAD SITES
The topic of appropriate sites for housing and a new public works garage remains under discussion. A special Town Meeting in the fall to consider a new proposal is possible.
The Board of Selectmen at its April 22 meeting discussed placing the garage on the Route 20 property of the decommissioned septage facility and requested $170,000 from the reserve fund to study costs for the DPW project, but at the May 20 meeting the Board affirmed the expenditure solely for the River Road site. The additional costs encompass a study of archeology and ceremonial sites as well as other details on the access roadway.
April 22 http://waycamtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=8718765ba16767f1bed9d2424e46f53b
May 20 http://waycamtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=6594cf24e14b838ddf13df97ccad0d9e
Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC) members maintain that they have acted to design the new facility based on a 2012 Annual Town Meeting vote when River Road was the designated site. That non-binding resolution had been recommended by consultants and was supported unanimously by the Finance Committee and Board of Public Works. Some of the challenges of that location, however, including the access roadway, came to light only after that Town Meeting vote, during this past year's design phase.
The building committee does not plan to evaluate the Route 20 parcel for the garage unless so directed. Doug Goddard and Joe Lewin were recently appointed by the selectmen to the PMBC replacing Mark Reardon and David George who asked not to be reappointed. Goddard has served on the Public Safety Building Advisory Committee and Lewin on the High School Building Committee.
Meanwhile, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) has made strides in itemizing the pros and cons of each site for different types of housing. Chairman Rebecca Stanizzi has been sharing working drafts of such information as she meets with the Finance Committee, Board of Public Works, Housing Authority, Housing Partnership and others. Jim Grumbach was recently appointed to the EDC by the selectmen after committee member George Uveges resigned.
The EDC plans to invite the owner of Brendon Homes to provide his assessment of both sites and what types of development he thinks each site could support. Brendon Homes, the developer of the Wayland Commons 40B project, has proposed to construct 42 townhomes at the Town Center. The June 18 public hearing presentation to the Planning Board about town center housing is available on WayCAM:
A contract for studying native ceremonial sites and objects at the proposed road from the landfill to River Road is still a work in progress. That information may influence the route and cost of the road. The road is needed to keep trucks off River Road but probably would not be needed if housing is built there.
It is not known if or when the selectmen plan to bring stakeholder boards and committees together again to share information and evaluate progress on siting.
-- Molly Upton
SELECTMEN TO WEIGH SPECIAL LEGAL COUNSEL
The Board of Selectmen and Wastewater Management District Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m., initially in executive (closed) session, to discuss the suit over wastewater discharge capacity and fees filed by the Town Center developer that resulted in a $1.2-million judgment against the Town. In open session, the selectmen will then consider a recommendation to hire special legal counsel to help them address post-trial matters.
At the trial, Wayland's longtime town counsel, Mark Lanza, presented the town's defense to the jury solo. Twenty Wayland had four attorneys present.
For background on this lawsuit, see WVN #512 and posted public documents:
-- WVN Staff
FLUORIDE DELIBERATION CONTINUES
The Board of Health will follow up its July 8 fluoridation public hearing with more discussion on July 22.
About a dozen people attended the July 8 hearing. Three dentists were among those commenting, all in favor of continuing to fluoridate Wayland water. After a dentist cited 140 Massachusetts towns that add fluoride, a citizen asked that the Board consider information on health effects in municipalities without fluoridation.
Topics discussed included concerns about fluorosis (discoloration of teeth), alternative sources of fluoride, and the fact that fluoride is not recommended for infants. The Board also received letters and emails from those who could not attend the hearing.
Town Counsel has been advising the Board regarding its authority and procedural options. One option being considered is lowering the concentration of added fluoride to .7 parts per million, per a 2011 recommendation offered for public comment by the Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services. Wayland currently adds 1.0 ppm.
On November 3, 1998, the decision to begin fluoridating Wayland water was one of five questions on our gubernatorial election ballot. After months of public review and debate, the fluoride ballot question passed, 3500-2254. 73% of Wayland voters participated. The 1999 Annual Town Meeting then authorized funding fluoride in the Fiscal 2000 budget.
Wayland Board of Health:
CDC 2006 Guidelines:
WayCAM recording of the Board of Health public hearing:
-- Linda Segal
TOWN BUILDING PARKING LOT REPAVING
Both the front and rear parking lots at Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, as well as all access roadways to them will be CLOSED to the public during repaving. For the evening of Thursday, July 18 as well as on Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23, alternative parking has been offered by the nearby Trinitarian Church, Cochituate Road/Route 27 entrance.
Facilities Director John Moynihan plans to issue a news release explaining how the closures are expected to affect the senior center, department services, and town government meetings once he completes coordinating the contract and scheduling with the Highway Department.
SAVE THE DATE: Open Meeting Law Training, Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
The law firm of Kopelman & Paige will conduct training on the Open Meeting Law. Trainers will focus on elements affecting volunteer members of boards and committees and key determinations by the Attorney General's Office that shape the application of the law.
The training is specifically for those serving in town government but is open to the public. It will be held in the Large Hearing Room of the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road. Training sessions were last held three years ago.
All meetings are held in Wayland Town Building unless otherwise noted.
http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/index Click on the date in the calendar to access links to posted meeting agendas.
Monday, July 15
School Committee, 7 p.m. Starts with executive session, open session about 8:30 p.m.
Personnel Board, 7 p.m.
375 Committee, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16
Selectmen, 7 p.m. Executive session (wastewater lawsuit), vote on hiring special legal counsel
Wastewater Management District Commission, 7 p.m. Meet with selectmen regarding litigation
High School Building Committee, 7 p.m.
Surface Water Quality Committee, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17
Library Trustees, 8:30 a.m. Library's Raytheon Room
Thursday, July 18
Conservation Commission, 7:30 p.m.
Community Preservation Committee, 7:30 p.m.
Historic District Commission, 7:30 p.m.
Wayland Cares Review Committee, 7 p.m., first meeting
Wayland Housing Authority and Wayland Housing Partnership, 7 p.m., 12 Bent Ave., Bent Avenue Apartments Community Room presentation by Economic Development Committee's Rebecca Stanizzi
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Michael Short, Editor