Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wayland's Board of Selectmen and other relevant committees heard from representatives of the town's Department of Public Works before discussing funding options and other questions related to the DPW facility and filed grievances.
Joe Doucette told selectmen and others Monday night that the conditions at the town's current Department of Public Works garage are “repulsive, dangerous and inexcusable." No one argued with the assessment. At issue is exactly how to handle the situation given that funding for a new facility failed to pass at Wayland's Annual Town Meeting. Doucette is the senior foreman with the DPW and served as the representative speaker for Teamsters Union 170, which filed a grievance with the town on April 8, just hours after voters failed to pass an Annual Town Meeting article appropriating funds for a new DPW facility at the site of the current salt shed on River Road. Two additional grievances, filed on behalf of Stephen Kadlik and Michael Lindeman…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Wayland's Department of Public Works employees have filed three labor grievances related to conditions at 195 Main St. garage.
Fifteen hours after Wayland voters declined to fund a new Department of Public Works facility and garage, Highway Director Stephen Kadlik arrived at work to find a union grievance on his desk. Twenty-two of Wayland’s 30 bargaining members of Teamsters Union Local 170 signed the grievance and accompanying statement that the “daily working conditions the employees of the DPW face are dangerous, unhealthy and inexcusable.” The grievance argues that the “health and safety” of employees has been “willfully ignored and dismissed.” Specifically, the grievance cites that the town has fallen short of satisfying the requirements under clause 33-1 of the employees’ contract, which stipulates that employees perform their duties safely and that the …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Tom Fay urges voters to support a new Department of Public Works facility and proposed housing project known as River's Edge.
Saturday, March 30
To the editor: At the upcoming town meeting, residents will vote on two important projects: building a long overdue DPW facility, and creating a Housing Overlay District on Route 20. The latter would enable first rate affordable housing, while helping to offset the cost of a new DPW building. Both projects are wise and necessary investments. Our current DPW building is deplorable. Built in the 1930s, it is a dilapidated eyesore that fails to serve many of the department’s critical town functions. A patch job, which will be necessary if we fail to fund a new facility, will likely cost $2 million. This is throwing good money down the drain. The DPW building’s projected new site on River Road, north of the town’s transfer facility, is an …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Chris Brown voices his reasons why now is the right time for a new Department of Public Works facility in Wayland.
Friday, March 29
If you heard about the new DPW Building as an item on this spring’s Town Meeting agenda you may be wondering if we really need this and if now is the time. The answers are yes and yes. We need the building and we need it now. The current DPW facility, adjacent to the middle school, is at best in deplorable condition, and in, at worst, illegal condition. It regularly floods, is inadequately sized, and is, frankly, disgusting. It needs to be replaced immediately. Although there are many moral reasons why we need a new facility, such as ill-functioning toilets, and a lack of shower and changing facilities, let me speak the language of taxpayers and lay out a few financial reasons why we need a new building now: Repairs: If Town Meeting doesn’…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
There's been lots of talk about a new Department of Public Works facility in Wayland. It's time to gauge some current public opinion.
Discussions about a new Wayland Department of Public Works facility have been going on for years. Recently, they've taken on more immediacy with plans being drawn up, sites proposed and even some Town Meeting votes taken. We asked before what you think about the proposed location of the new facility on River Road, but we're going in a more general direction this week. What do you think about the proposed DPW facility?
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The feature below was submitted by Jon Mishara, a member of Wayland's Board of Public Works and the Permanent Municipal Building Committee throughout the DPW garage project.
Thursday, March 14
Some very important issues will be decided at April’s Annual Town Meeting. An important article at next month’s town meeting will be to approve the funding for the construction of a maintenance, repair and storage facility to support the daily operations of Wayland’s Department of Public Works. We would like to update voters on this critical project and encourage you not only to attend town meeting, but also to attend two public forums in the upcoming weeks. The Permanent Municipal Building Committee was established in the spring of 2011 to assist the town in identifying, assessing and facilitating the design and construction of municipal building projects. The committee is comprised of town residents with expertise in structural and civil…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Several agenda items were continued to later dates.
The Wayland Planning Board had the Finnerty's project, medical marijuana and the proposed River Road Department of Public Works facility on its Feb. 5 agenda. All but one of those hearings was continued to a later date. Here are three things you missed at Tuesday's meeting. 1. Finnerty's Special Permit Hearing. Developers for the 150 Main St. (Finnerty's) project were scheduled to meet with the board for a public hearing regarding special permits for signage, parking on residentially zoned land and fewer parking spaces than required by Wayland's bylaw. That hearing was continued, without discussion, to March 5 at 7:35 p.m. 2. Medical Marijuana Zoning. The board was also scheduled to discuss a zoning bylaw change designed to make opening a …