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…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The state attorney general found one complaint valid and two invalid.
Recent decisions published by the Attorney General's Office reveal that two complaints filed against Wayland's Board of Selectmen in 2012 did not reveal OML violations. In an additional decision filed recently, the office found that a member of Wayland's Board of Public Works committed a violation outlined in a third 2012 complaint. Draft Press Release Via Email All three complaints were submitted by resident George Harris in 2012. According to a letter published on the AG's website, Wayland's Board of Selectmen did not violate the OML by circulating via email the draft of a proposed press release, which was the substance of a complaint submitted by Harris on Jan. 30, 2012. The AG's ruling states that the office generally recommends …
Friday, November 30, 2012
There IS a plan, but some things remain to be determined.
Wayland volunteers turned out in force last year to build the foundations for two ice skating rinks at Cochituate Ball Field. And then Mother Nature let everyone down. In spite of last year's unusually warm winter (that was mostly uncondusive to ice rinks), two new tarps have been ordered and Wayland's Board of Public Works and Recreation Department are currently working out the details to give ice rinks new life in Wayland this winter. Two white tarps, both 100 feet by 100 feet, have been ordered. The hope is that the white tarps will better reflect the sunlight, keeping the surface of the ice cooler than the blue tarps did last year. The rails and hardware from last year will be reused, and yes, there will be an opportunity to volunteer …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Recent disagreements over authority and responsibility among some Wayland boards and officials led to the development of the memorandum.
A new memorandum agreed to by multiple Wayland boards and individuals seeks to better define the roles and relationships of the Board of Public Works. On Aug. 20, Board of Public Works Chair Mike Lowery presented the memorandum to the Board of Selectmen seeking that board’s approval. While the document does not directly involve the relationship between those two boards, it does address the relationship between the Board of Public Works and Town Administrator Fred Turkington, who reports to the selectmen. “The purpose of this memorandum is to make clear the lines of authority and reduce misunderstandings,” Lowery said. Specifically, the memorandum documents its purpose is “to better identify and clarify the roles and responsibilities of the…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Recycling is coming to Wayland's public places.
Update: A comment posted by Mike Lowery indicated that funding for recycling bins had been found. Additional email documentation adds further detail to Lowery's comment. Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette learned this week that Wayland's Highway Department had received a $20,000 reimbursement from the state related to Tropical Storm Irene. That money, according to an email chain, went directly to Wayland's Highway Department, and Ouellette said in an email that he wants to use a portion of that money to purchase 100 blue recycling bins. Ouellette reached out to Recreation Department Director Nancy McShea about the possibility of splitting the cost -- an estimated $7,500 -- to purchase the bins. A return email from McShea …