Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

WVN #528: Selectman Leard resigns

Expand Messages
  • waylandvoters1
    Dear Wayland Voter, Veteran selectman Douglas Leard has resigned. Also in this newsletter: Events relating to veterans and the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 29, 2013
    • 0 Attachment
      Dear Wayland Voter,

      Veteran selectman Douglas Leard has resigned.

      Also in this newsletter: Events relating to veterans and the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.


      LEARD RESIGNS FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

      Major change comes again to Wayland, just two months after the Board of Selectmen voted to terminate the employment contract of the town administrator.

      Selectmen Chairman Douglas Leard resigned from the board today after reluctantly disclosing medical issues. Monday night, near the end of the board’s televised meeting, Leard read aloud a statement explaining the context in which he finds himself pressed to go public about his health, on advice of legal counsel.

      See WayCAM’s recording, fast forward to elapsed time 02:48:00:
      http://waycamtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=fbf795f4036129c5ff95aea61c9ee83a


      There was no indication that the disclosure would lead to the following letter of resignation dated Tuesday, Oct. 29:

      “After last evening’s public disclosure of my July 31, 2013 surgical and post-surgical events, I have made the decision to submit my letter of resignation as a member of the Board of Selectmen, to become effective immediately. I thank you all.”

      The public first learned last night from Leard that he has been recovering from transmastoid labyrinthectomy, surgery used to manage vertigo. Leard underwent the surgery knowing he would lose hearing in his right ear. He said he is still acclimating and undergoing rehabilitation.

      Information about that medical procedure is available at:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6720881
      http://www.mduk.org/index.php?topic=775.0

      What does this sudden loss of a key public servant mean for Wayland? The Board is politically divided. It could become problematic to try to conduct town business with 2-2 votes, which means a motion fails. The Board's immediate tasks include steps towards hiring an interim and then a new town administrator and holding the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.

      The options are for the Board to call a special election to fill the vacancy or wait until the next scheduled municipal election on April 1. Massachusetts law Chapter 41, Section 10 also allows the public to force a special election by petition of 200 registered voters.

      A special election was held in January 1999 after the untimely death of Selectman Randy Hoes. Brian O’Herlihy won that special election in a contested race against two others. For that election, only 8% of registered voters participated. Given the current political climate, a larger turnout is likely. O’Herlihy went on to serve as selectman for two additional terms.

      In addition to serving two terms as selectman from 2003-2009, Leard has worked for years on public safety and emergency response committees

      -- WVN Staff


      WALKING TOURS OF LAND ON STM WARRANT


      The Community Preservation Committee will lead two walking tours of Lincoln Road Fields, 22 scenic acres it hopes to protect from development in perpetuity.

      At the Special Town Meeting on Nov. 20 voters will decide whether to authorize the Committee to acquire a conservation restriction from the owner of the land. The measure requires a two-thirds vote.

      The walks will begin at the intersection of Lincoln and Hazelbrook roads. (Park by the side of either road).

      Two opportunities: Nov. 9 from 10-12 a.m. and Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.

      For details contact CPC Chairman Jerry Heller, 617-763-6543 or heller.j@...
      Information about the land and the proposal is on the town’s website:
      http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/Community/CPCQandA.pdf
      http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/Community/LincolnRdLandAppraisal.pdf

      Voters should receive the warrant booklet in the mail by the end of this week. The selectmen have scheduled the warrant hearing for Wednesday, Nov. 6.


      DPW FORUM

      The Board of Public Works plans to hold an information forum at the existing Highway Garage at 195 Main Street on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in support of funding the construction of a new $12.5 million DPW facility at 66 River Road. Details are posted on the town website:
      http://www.wickedlocal.com/wayland/topstories/x529845041/Guest-column-Vote-for-new-DPW-facility-at-Wayland-Town-Meeting
      http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/PMBC/DPWInfo


      TWO VETERANS EVENTS

      On Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center, veterans and their families (of all ages) are invited to a seminar to learn more about resources and benefits available to them.
      http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/01BC9196-000F8513

      On Monday, Nov. 11, the community is invited to a full program of events to commemorate Veterans Day, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Trinitarian Church, followed by a ceremony at the nearby Wayland Veterans Memorial in front of Town Building.
      http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/01BEF8C5-000F8513


      ----------------------------------------------------------
      You can read all previous WVN newsletters at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waylandvotersnetwork/
      ==================================================
      To be sure you continue to receive WVN newsletters optimally and in your inbox
      (instead of bulk or junk folders) it may help to add to your address book or
      safe sender list:
      waylandvoters@...
      waylandvoters1@...
      ==================================================
      Thank you for reading this WVN newsletter. Please forward it to your friends and
      neighbors in Wayland. If they want to receive their own copy, they can sign themselves up by
      sending a blank email to:
      waylandvotersnetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
      Click reply and send after receiving an e-mail confirming the subscription.

      If you have questions, email mmshort1@...

      Wayland Voters Network
      Michael Short, Editor
    • waylandvoters1
      Dear Wayland Voter, Veteran selectman Douglas Leard has resigned. Also in this newsletter: Events relating to veterans and the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 29, 2013
      • 0 Attachment
        Dear Wayland Voter,

        Veteran selectman Douglas Leard has resigned.

        Also in this newsletter: Events relating to veterans and the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.

        LEARD RESIGNS FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

        Major change comes again to Wayland, just two months after the Board of Selectmen voted to terminate the employment contract of the town administrator.

        Selectmen Chairman Douglas Leard resigned from the board today after reluctantly disclosing medical issues. Monday night, near the end of the board’s televised meeting, Leard read aloud a statement explaining the context in which he finds himself pressed to go public about his health, on advice of legal counsel.

        See WayCAM’s recording, fast forward to elapsed time 02:48:00:
        http://waycamtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=fbf795f4036129c5ff95aea61c9ee83a

        There was no indication that the disclosure would lead to the following letter of resignation dated Tuesday, Oct. 29:

        “After last evening’s public disclosure of my July 31, 2013 surgical and post-surgical events, I have made the decision to submit my letter of resignation as a member of the Board of Selectmen, to become effective immediately. I thank you all.”

        The public first learned last night from Leard that he has been recovering from transmastoid labyrinthectomy, surgery used to manage vertigo. Leard underwent the surgery knowing he would lose hearing in his right ear. He said he is still acclimating and undergoing rehabilitation.

        Information about that medical procedure is available at:
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6720881
        http://www.mduk.org/index.php?topic=775.0

        What does this sudden loss of a key public servant mean for Wayland? The Board is politically divided. It could become problematic to try to conduct town business with 2-2 votes, which means a motion fails. The Board's immediate tasks include steps towards hiring an interim and then a new town administrator and holding the Nov. 20 Special Town Meeting.

        The options are for the Board to call a special election to fill the vacancy or wait until the next scheduled municipal election on April 1. Massachusetts law Chapter 41, Section 10 also allows the public to force a special election by petition of 200 registered voters.

        A special election was held in January 1999 after the untimely death of Selectman Randy Hoes. Brian O’Herlihy won that special election in a contested race against two others. For that election, only 8% of registered voters participated. Given the current political climate, a larger turnout is likely. O’Herlihy went on to serve as selectman for two additional terms.

        In addition to serving two terms as selectman from 2003-2009, Leard has worked for years on public safety and emergency response committees

        -- WVN Staff

        WALKING TOURS OF LAND ON STM WARRANT

        The Community Preservation Committee will lead two walking tours of Lincoln Road Fields, 22 scenic acres it hopes to protect from development in perpetuity.

        At the Special Town Meeting on Nov. 20 voters will decide whether to authorize the Committee to acquire a conservation restriction from the owner of the land. The measure requires a two-thirds vote.

        The walks will begin at the intersection of Lincoln and Hazelbrook roads. (Park by the side of either road).

        Two opportunities: Nov. 9 from 10-12 a.m. and Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.

        For details contact CPC Chairman Jerry Heller, 617-763-6543 or heller.j@...
        Information about the land and the proposal is on the town’s website:
        http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/Community/CPCQandA.pdf
        http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/Community/LincolnRdLandAppraisal.pdf

        Voters should receive the warrant booklet in the mail by the end of this week. The selectmen have scheduled the warrant hearing for Wednesday, Nov. 6.


        DPW FORUM

        The Board of Public Works plans to hold an information forum at the existing Highway Garage at 195 Main Street on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in support of funding the construction of a new $12.5 million DPW facility at 66 River Road. Details are posted on the town website:
        http://www.wickedlocal.com/wayland/topstories/x529845041/Guest-column-Vote-for-new-DPW-facility-at-Wayland-Town-Meeting
        http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_BComm/PMBC/DPWInfo


        TWO VETERANS EVENTS

        On Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center, veterans and their families (of all ages) are invited to a seminar to learn more about resources and benefits available to them.
        http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/01BC9196-000F8513

        On Monday, Nov. 11, the community is invited to a full program of events to commemorate Veterans Day, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Trinitarian Church, followed by a ceremony at the nearby Wayland Veterans Memorial in front of Town Building.
        http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_TownNews/01BEF8C5-000F8513


        ----------------------------------------------------------
        You can read all previous WVN newsletters at:
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waylandvotersnetwork/
        ==================================================
        To be sure you continue to receive WVN newsletters optimally and in your inbox
        (instead of bulk or junk folders) it may help to add to your address book or
        safe sender list:
        waylandvoters@...
        waylandvoters1@... .
        ==================================================
        Thank you for reading this WVN newsletter. Please forward it to your friends and
        neighbors in Wayland. If they want to receive their own copy, they can sign themselves up by
        sending a blank email to:
        waylandvotersnetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
        Click reply and send after receiving an e-mail confirming the subscription.

        If you have questions, email mmshort1@....

        Wayland Voters Network
        Michael Short, Editor
      Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.