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    Wayland Voters Network April 22, 2005 Dear Wayland Voter, WARRANT HEARING MON., APRIL 25/Town Building 8:00pm ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION TUES., APRIL 26/polls open
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      Wayland Voters Network
      April 22, 2005

      Dear Wayland Voter,

      WARRANT HEARING MON., APRIL 25/Town Building 8:00pm
      ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION TUES., APRIL 26/polls open 7:00am-8:00pm
      ANNUAL TOWN MEETING BEGINS THURS., APRIL 28/WHS Field House 7:45pm

      The following report on the April 13 Candidates Night was prepared by
      WVN editor Michael Short. A videotape recording of Candidates Night
      will be broadcast on the Wayland Cable Channel at 7:00 tonight Fri.,
      April 22, as well as Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at 7:00pm.

      CANDIDATES ROUND-UP

      On your April 26 ballot you'll find 21 candidates for 18 elective
      positions. While 11 positions are uncontested, there are some new
      faces in the running, candidates who say they offer new ideas.

      A limited amount of information is available to help voters make
      their choices. Some candidates have published statements in the
      Wayland Town Crier. And 15 candidates spoke at the League of Women
      Voters Candidates Night. Discussion at the April 13 forum was
      uncontroversial and limited by time constraints, but we recommend
      watching when it is broadcast on the Wayland cable channel. The
      future of the landfill received considerable attention.

      After that you may want to call the candidates themselves for answers
      to your specific questions. Since many slots are uncontested, voters
      might consider expressing opinion by voting only for those they
      genuinely support.

      The following summary draws on printed statements as well as
      Candidates Night discussion.

      BOARD OF SELECTMEN (two positions, uncontested)

      JOE NOLAN and ALAN REISS have staked out differing orientations if
      not widely differing positions on issues.

      Nolan, 40 and a resident since 1966, works for the Massachusetts Bay
      Transportation Authority. As chairman of Wayland road commissioners,
      he is likely to be perceived as representing continuity in
      government, a member of the current political structure who seeks
      more responsibility. Nolan believes the override will pass, "but with
      some reservation." Nolan promises to be a voice of inclusion.

      Reiss, a 51-year-old software designer and former teacher who has
      lived here since 1988, presents himself as the candidate of new
      ideas. He has been attending selectmens' meetings and promises to
      work hard to control costs and keep Wayland affordable for all
      residents. On the April 26 tax override, Reiss advises voters to make
      their own choice, which may well be based on affordability.

      SCHOOL COMMITTEE (two positions, uncontested)

      The candidates, BARBARA FLETCHER and LOUIS JURIST, were in the
      audience on Candidates Night but did not participate.

      PLANNING BOARD (one 5-year position)

      LYNNE DUNBRACK presents herself as a candidate experienced in
      planning issues but independent and impartial, without any ties to
      the developer community that could raise allegations of conflict of
      interest. She has worked for more than 20 years in project management
      and regulatory compliance.

      STEVEN TISE is an architect with more than 30 years of varied
      experience, including two projects in Wayland. He cites his
      experience in environmental design and affordable housing. Tise is a
      member of the High School Building Committee.

      Both candidates say they are concerned about controlling growth and
      ensuring responsible land use.

      LIBRARY TRUSTEES (two positions)

      LYNNE LIPCON (incumbent), AIDA GENNIS and MIMI SOHN LICHT all boast
      considerable experience in Wayland Library matters.

      On planning physical changes at the library, their answers could all
      be summarized as: We need more space, we can't build anything more on
      the current site because of environmental problems, it would be nice
      to buy the property next door if it becomes available, but we don't
      expect to take major steps immediately because of Wayland's current
      fiscal situation.

      BOARD OF HEALTH (two 3-year terms, one 1-year term)

      The landfill, source of chronic problems and expensive litigation,
      was the main focus of the Candidates Night discussion.

      Incumbent PHIL PATTISON is a former public works commissioner
      elsewhere who has 35 years of varied experience in matters relating
      to the Board of Health.

      ANNA LUDWIG is a lawyer with litigation experience.

      ARNOLD SOSLOW (appointed to the BOH to fill a term) is a physician
      with experience in emergency medicine, occupational medicine and
      toxicology. He brought that background to bear on a question about
      anti-mosquito spraying.

      BILL CURRIER (seeking a 1-year term) has an MBA and decades of
      business experience as well as service to Wayland.

      MARIE DURANT (seeking a 1-year term), also an MBA, has finance
      experience and promises to seek new ideas.

      Nobody disagreed when Currier summarized the landfill situation: When
      it becomes inoperable in four or five years the choices are to 1)
      expand the landfill, which is extremely unlikely because of state
      regulation, 2) use the space as a transfer station for rubbish to be
      disposed of elsewhere, 3) adopt a system of contractor pickups from
      households. (Sudbury's transfer station recently raised its rates but
      still charges less than the per-household cost of the Wayland
      landfill.)

      So contentious has the landfill situation become that a petitioner's
      article on the agenda for the April 28 Town Meeting calls for the
      Board of Road Commissioners to take control of it from the Board of
      Health.

      Three other unopposed candidates spoke at Candidates Night:

      ED LEWIS, seeking reelection as a water commissioner, explained why
      commissioners wrote a petitioner's article for the Town Meeting
      agenda to create an enterprise fund under state law so that water
      revenues would be used for services to water customers. Most town
      water departments have enterprise funds, he said, and until this year
      Wayland treated the department as one. The Wayland Finance Committee
      plans to use $500,000 in reserve Water Department funds to lessen the
      town deficit, and opposes the TM article.

      MARCIA MALMFELDT, running for Board of Assessors, has also written a
      petitioner's article for Town Meeting. This would allocate $250,000
      to obtain the correct data on Wayland properties to be used with the
      software funded by TM last year. The Finance Committee opposes the
      article on the grounds that it wouldn't increase tax revenues but
      only redistribute them. Ms. Malmfeldt argues that equitable
      assessments are not only the right thing to do but mandated by state
      law.

      MARK SANTANGELO, seeking a third term as road commissioner, used his
      brief time to explain Wayland's timetable for road repair.

      Incumbents Peter Gossels (Moderator), Anna Meliones (Park & Rec
      Commissioner), John Wilson (Trust Fund Commissioner), and Susan
      Weinstein (Housing Authority) are seeking re-election and are
      unopposed. There is no candidate for one 1-year term for Park & Rec
      Commissioner.

      In a future report WVN will cover some of the Town Meeting articles.

      Thank you for reading this WVN newsletter. Please forward it to your
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      Wayland Voters Network
      Margo Melnicove and Michael Short, Editors
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