WVN #5339: 45 warrant articles submitted
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Forty-five articles have been submitted for the April Town meeting.
Also in this newsletter:
-- The retirement of Wayland’s veteran public buildings director leaves several big projects still in the works. Another transition to be managed is replacing the retiring town clerk.
-- Three volunteers are needed to help select a new town administrator.
45 WARRANT ARTICLES SUBMITTED
By Tuesday afternoon’s deadline, 45 warrant articles were submitted for the April 3 Annual Town Meeting.
The Finance Committee will hold its hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7:15 p.m. to discuss them.
The Planning Board has posted a public hearing for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., which is required for zoning bylaw changes. The six proposed zoning amendments are:
Rivers Edge Overlay District
Solar Photovoltaic Overlay District
Specimen Tree Overlay Protection District
Landscaping in Parking Areas Abutting Residential Property
Sidewalk Construction in Roadside, Business, Light Manufacturing and Limited Commercial Districts
Signage Bylaw Amendment
Of the 45 articles, eight were submitted by citizen petitioners. Seven of those articles cover the following topics:
-- $100,000 to fund youth substance abuse prevention (Wayland Cares)
-- Restoring Selectmen’s Authority to Employ Town Counsel
-- Accept state law MGL 71, section 37M enabling consolidation of town & school administrative functions
-- No Town Use of Wayland Gun Club
-- Two articles related to roads near the Gun Club
-- Prohibit Discharge of Firearms in Wayland
A Rivers Edge warrant article -- another attempt at housing on Route 20 -- was submitted by petitioners, led by Economic Development Committee Chair Rebecca Stanizzi. It identifies the land to be transferred from the Board of Public Works to the Selectmen, authorizes the sale of the land for affordable housing with the assistance of a new nine-member advisory committee to be appointed by the selectmen. The Planning Board’s article creates the zoning overlay district to enable the proposed project.
A petitioners strategy has been used in the past (e.g. Establish a Water Enterprise Fund) by advocates concerned that a board’s article might not stay in the warrant. The selectmen are responsible for warrant preparation and can vote to remove articles (except those submitted by petitioners, the moderator and the town clerk). The warrant is scheduled to go to the printer at the end of the first week of March. See schedule:
As they voted to insert articles in the warrant on Monday evening, the selectmen characterized some of the non-standard articles as “placeholders,” particularly as some questions were not yet answered. In the case of two Rivers Edge articles, the Planning Board had not yet submitted the articles they acted on at their meeting the week before. Facing the warrant deadline, some selectmen expressed concern as they voted to insert two Rivers Edge articles because they had no written proposal before them.
In WayCAM’s recording, fast forward to approximate elapsed time 01:26:00
-- WVN Staff
3 RESIDENTS NEEDED FOR ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH
The town is seeking three citizens to serve on a committee to help select a new town administrator.
The seven-member committee will also include one representative each from the School Committee, Finance Committee, Board of Public Works and Personnel Board.
If you're interested in serving, please send a letter to the Board of Selectmen or email selectmen@.... The deadline for submissions is Jan.23.
For more information contact Interim Town Administrator Robert Mercier at rmercier@..., (508) 358-3620, or Acting Town Administrator John Senchyshyn at jsenchyshyn@..., (508) 358-3623.
Information about the consulting firm hired by the selectmen to manage the search: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/waylandvotersnetwork/conversations/messages/732
PUBLIC BUILDINGS DIRECTOR TO RETIRE
John Moynihan will retire as Wayland’s public buildings director on March 31. He was hired in August 2007 after considerable discussion about how to organize capital requests and infrastructure projects.
Moynihan and then-Town Administrator Fred Turkington planned the addition of Facilities to the Omnibus Budget, one of the larger department budgets published in recent annual town meeting warrants.
Moynihan oversaw the planning and construction of several major projects, including the new $70 million high school and the new $5.6 million wastewater treatment plant serving businesses and residences in the Route 20 corridor. The wastewater plant opened in November 2012. Correspondence in the Jan. 6, 2014 selectmen’s agenda packet suggests the contractor has not completed all project tasks.
2011 Annual Town Meeting voters appropriated $1 million from free cash to repair the Public Safety Building after the March 2010 flooding. That repair work was to be completed by December 2012. Moynihan and Turkington served as ex-officio members of the selectmen’s appointed committee overseeing that effort. They obtained FEMA funding to help fund repairs.
At Moynihan’s suggestion, the Finance Committee added a $65,000 facilities study to the 2012 Annual Town Meeting capital budget. Scroll down to pages 54-55:
Voters approved that planning initiative, but the consultant has yet to present his findings to the public who funded it. According to Moynihan, the FinCom wanted more information.
Moynihan is an ex-officio member of the more recently formed Permanent Municipal Building Committee. His upcoming retirement poses an immediate question of who will oversee the construction of the new $12.7 Million Department of Public Works facility approved at the 2013 fall town meeting.
Moynihan is also the staff ex-officio member of the Energy Initiatives Advisory Committee, which after several years of preparation, plans to present several articles at the upcoming April Town Meeting for major solar and energy efficiency projects for most of the town and school buildings.
Moynihan’s salary is $111,538.
Transition planning is in the works to tie up loose ends regarding all the Facilities Department’s initiatives and to stay on schedule with new projects.
A transition plan also will be important for whoever is elected as Wayland’s next Town Clerk. Lois Toombs recently announced her retirement effective this spring. In the last seven years, she prepared for and managed the record keeping for more than 40 elections and town meetings in Wayland.
-- Linda Segal
UPDATES TO MEETINGS CALENDAR:
Wednesday, Jan. 15:
Finance Committee, 7 p.m.
Personnel Board, 7:15 p.m. http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_MeetingsCal/S01C67C91-01C67C93.0/Agenda%202014-01-15.pdf
Thursday, Jan. 16:
School Committee, 7 p.m.
OPEN BURNING PERMITS
The season for open burning permits in Wayland runs from Jan. 15 through May 1, 2014. For more information about how to obtain and use a burn permit:
SAVE THE DATES:
Tuesday, Jan. 21: FinCom warrant article hearing, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 is the deadline for filing an application for property tax abatement. For more information:
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Planning Board public hearing for town meeting zoning articles, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Deadline to return signed nomination papers for April 1 local election.
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Michael Short, Editor