Selectmen Doug Leard was not present for the Nov. 1 meeting.
1. 2013 Annual Town Meeting Dates
Moderator Dennis Berry urged selectmen to set the dates for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting sooner than the Dec. 13 legal deadline. He also pointed out that Wayland historically takes four days to complete its Annual Town Meeting, but four days in a row is too much for many people.
"Four nights in a row is unacceptable – it’s just too much," Berry said, and selectmen agreed. "What [the Town Meeting Procedures Subcommittee] had suggested was a schedule something like Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. It’s about the best we thought we could do."
Selectmen are considering a number of options for when to hold the meeting and plan to make a decision at their Nov. 19 meeting. That will allow the Finance Committee and the Town Meeting Procedures Subcommittee to weigh in fully on the discussion.
2. Danforth Housing Development
Selectman Joe Nolan is serving as the liaison with Baystone Development who wants to develop a housing community at the Danforth site just over the Wayland line in Framingham.
Baystone has proposed an amended settlement plan to that which was reached in 2005, given that Baystone's proposed development is much smaller. Nolan said he is currently unsatisfied with what is being proposed and considers the negotiations ongoing.
In particular, selectmen said they wanted to see updated traffic studies for the Old Connecticut Path and West Plain Street intersection.
3. Medical Marijuana Ballot Question
Selectmen heard from Wayland resident and WaylandCares Director Heidi Heilman and Police Chief Bob Irving about their opposition to Ballot Question 3, which would legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts, establish dispensaries throughout the state and allow some patients to grow marijuana in their homes.
Selectman Steve Correia asked the board to take a public position on the question, saying that its passage would have a direct effect on the Wayland Board of Health, Wayland Police Department and Wayland population in general.
The selectmen voiced their desire to provide medicine to ease the suffering of patients, but also expressed their concerns that the ballot question featured numerous loopholes with which they were uncomfortable.
"At first blush, you say, 'Absolutely, I would have no problem with them having the availability of marijuana,'" Nolan said. "But when you dig below the surface, this is just the wrong law -- as much as I’d like to find some support for those people who really need it."
Selectman Ed Collins spoke up in favor of the ballot question, saying that he wanted to learn more about it but felt as though "the so-called war on drugs has been a disaster by anyone’s standard."
In the end, selectmen voted 3-1, with Collins offering the sole "nay" vote, to take a position against the passage of Ballot Question 3.
4. Acting Finance Director/Town Accountant
Selectmen approved the appointment of Assistant Town Administrator John Senchyshyn as acting finance director/town accountant until a permanent replacement for former Finance Director Michael DiPietro is hired.
DiPeitro announced his resignation in early October, and Town Administrator Fred Turkington said eight to 10 applicants have already come forward.
Turkington explained that Senchyshyn's appointment in the interim is necessary primarily to fulfill legal requirements when it comes to signatures on documents and such.
"The main purpose isn’t really to do all the duties of the finance director, but really for bylaw purposes," Turkington explained. He added that the Fiscal Year 2014 budget work is being shared among employees in the finance department, and that he expects to have a permanent finance director in place within two or three months.
5. Extend the Charge of the Town Center Public Green Advisory Committee
Selectmen approved the extension of the committee's charge until the end of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting.