WVN #537: Election/ Town Meeting/ Vaccine
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Many elective positions will be on the April town election ballot. It’s time for interested residents to take out nomination papers.
Also in this newsletter:
-- Thanks to the town Public Health Nurse’s efforts, residents over 60 can save the cost of an important shingles vaccine.
-- The deadline looms for submitting articles for the spring town meeting.
-- The second committee to study the future of a substance abuse program has difficulties agreeing on a recommendation and lately can’t even assemble a quorum.
NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE
Wayland’s annual election is set for Tuesday, April 1. Those interested in running for the offices listed below must submit nomination papers by Feb. 11 signed by at least 50 registered Wayland voters. Papers are available from the Town Clerk’s office, 508-358-3630.
Names of elected officials whose terms expire this year are listed in parentheses:
Moderator, 3 years (Dennis Berry)
Town Clerk, 2 years (unexpired term caused by a retirement)
Selectmen, two 3-year terms (Steve Correia & Joe Nolan)
Selectman, 1 year (unexpired term)
School Committee, two 3-year terms (Elizabeth Butler & Barbara Fletcher)
Assessors, two 3-year terms (Jayson Brodie & an unexpired term)
Planning Board, 5 years (Kent Greenawalt)
Planning Board Associate Member, 5 years (Bill Whitney)
Board of Health, two 3-year terms (Tom Klem & Mike Wegerbauer)
Trust Fund Commissioner, 3 years (Russell Kopp)
Trust Fund Commissioner, 2 years (unexpired term)
Library Trustees, two 3-year terms (Aida Gennis & Lynne Lipcon)
Board of Public Works, 3 years (Tom Abdella)
Recreation Commissioner, 3 years (Anna Meliones)
Housing Authority, 5 years (Kevin Goodwin)
On Jan. 8, Finance Committee member Cherry Karlson took out papers to run for a three-year selectmen’s seat. Other former FinCom members who subsequently served as selectmen in the past decade were Michael Tichnor, Steve Correia, Sue Pope and John Bladon.
-- WVN Staff
WARRANT DEADLINE TUESDAY
The deadline to submit warrant articles to the selectmen’s office for the 2014 annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Based on posted meeting agendas, actions taken by town officials in the last week, and an unknown number of petitioners articles, more than 40 warrant articles may be submitted.
The Community Preservation Committee voted to submit four articles and the Planning Board voted to submit eight. The Board of Public Works will consider voting on another half dozen or so this Monday. The Economic Development Committee recommends a revised River’s Edge proposal, and the Conservation Commission voted to submit and/or support several articles, including protecting Rocky Point on Dudley Pond.
The selectmen will hold a petitioners’ workshop on Monday evening, Jan. 13, right after public comment, to assist residents thinking of submitting articles.
-- WVN Staff
QUORUM PROBLEMS FOR COMMITTEE
The selectmen’s second appointed committee to study substance abuse prevention for Wayland youth, the Wayland Cares Review Committee (WCRC), posted its last meeting for Monday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. No quorum arrived by 7:45 p.m.
The Committee had been having quorum problems since November when dissension arose regarding its report to the selectmen. While they all agreed that the work of Wayland Cares could continue under the umbrella of the already existing Youth and Family Services, no agreement had been reached on a funding recommendation to the selectmen.
The WCRC’s comprehensive report was submitted to the selectmen’s office by the WCRC chairman on Nov. 13, the date the committee’s charge expired. It had not been voted approved by the full committee (lack of a meeting quorum) nor its content subsequently discussed by the selectmen.
The chairman of the prior Wayland Cares Sustainability Committee, Heidi Heilman, objected to some of the current committee’s report.
Heilman often mentions a so-called Wayland Cares Executive Committee, made up of volunteers she had brought together in the past for coalition meetings she used to conduct. There is no public record posted on the town website for either group she led.
WCRC Charge Extended
The WCRC’s term of service was extended by the selectmen from Nov. 13, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014, hoping the WCRC members could achieve more common ground. A much shorter and different document submitted to the selectmen’s office in late December was not voted approved by the full committee either.
Neither document is on the town website. The WCRC members creating the second draft document were also considering changes to prior meeting minutes.
At their Jan. 6 meeting, the selectmen informally discussed next steps. In their meeting correspondence packet was a letter from a Wayland Cares committee member currently in Florida suggesting the board could fly her home to help resolve the quorum problem.
Selectmen Steve Correia and Ed Collins advocated disbanding the committee. Selectman Joe Nolan suggested that Interim Town Administrator Bob Mercier try one more time to contact all committee members.
With the deadline for the 2014 Annual Town Meeting approaching, a petitioners’ article was rumored to be in the works.
-- Linda Segal
FREE SHINGLES VACCINE
Beginning Jan. 16 Wayland residents over 60 can receive shingles vaccine free of charge.
Nearly a third of US residents contract the painful disease (Herpes zoster) at some time in their lives, and the risk increases with age.
Even people who have had the disease are eligible for the free vaccination to protect against recurrence.
According to Wayland Public Health Nurse Ruth Mori, who arranged the supply for Wayland, “Shingles is the only vaccine not covered under the Medicare benefit for seniors and creates all sorts of issues for people...The reimbursement we receive through administering the flu vaccine over the last few years has allowed the health department to purchase the shingles vaccine for residents.”
The first clinics will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16 and Tuesday, Jan. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. “We are planning to schedule appointments so that we do not have residents having to wait for any length of time and essentially are running appointments every 15 minutes,” said Mori.
Mori asks residents to bring insurance cards so the town can seek any available reimbursement.
For details or to schedule an appointment call Mori at 508-358-3617.
For more information on shingles and the vaccination:
CHARLIE CARDS AVAILABLE MONDAY
Charlie Cards for use on MBTA buses, light rail (e.g. Riverside Green Line), and the local MWRTA are discounted for seniors age 65 and over.
On Monday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Wayland Council on Aging Senior Center, Charlie Cards will be available to those with a completed application and photo ID.
SOCIAL SAFETY PROGRAM FOR SENIORS
The Domestic Violence Roundtable, a Sudbury/Wayland/Lincoln non-profit coalition, will offer a social safety panel discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Wayland Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. The program seeks to raise awareness to protect elders against scams and abuse.
For more information about this event and the coalition’s extensive website about its work for all age groups:
MEETINGS CALENDAR - Town government meetings take place in Wayland Town Building unless otherwise indicated. To access posted meeting agendas, click on date on town website calendar, then click on name of board or committee:
Monday, Jan. 13:
School Committee, 6:30 p.m.
Selectmen, 6:45 p.m.
Finance Committee, 7 p.m.
Board of Public Works, 7 p.m.
Housing Partnership, 7 p.m.
Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m.
Personnel Board, 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14:
Public Ceremonies Committee, 7 p.m.
OPEB Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m.
Zoning Board of Appeals, 8:20 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15:
Library Trustees, 8 a.m. (MORNING), Raytheon Room, Wayland Library
Recreation Commission, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16:
Housing Authority, 7 p.m.
Historic District Commission, 7:30 p.m.
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Michael Short, Editor