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 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Wayland Youth Lacrosse, the town's Department of Public Works and a dedicated Wayland parent helped Framingham Youth Lacrosse open its season.
The Wayland Youth Lacrosse program jumped in on Saturday to help the Framingham Youth Lacrosse program open its season without a hitch on Sunday. As of last Friday morning, the Framingham home field wasn’t ready for the teams to host the four games they had been assigned. The Framingham fields were finally “open” but, due to the push for Framingham Parks & Recreation to prep the high school sports fields, the department was unable to line the boys' lacrosse field. Luckily, Wayland's Department of Public Works came through for Framingham Youth Lacrosse and loaned the neighboring town its lining equipment. Framingham Youth Lacrosse offered special thanks to thanks to Mike Wegerbauer, Wayland coach and dad who worked with the DPW to get …
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?
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wayland voters will have an amount to approve for transfer to the snow budget when they head to Annual Town Meeting in April.
Looks like Punxsutawney Phil was wrong. Winter has definitely decided to stick around this year. But it's not just taking a toll on drivers' patience, it's hitting Wayland's pocketbook as well. Wayland Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette said Wayland has long since spent the $450,000 allocated to the Fiscal Year 2013 snow budget. In fact, Ouellette said he requested an additional $150,000 weeks ago and has already spent between $20,000 and $50,000 of that. WHDH meteorologists are predicting Wayland will receive 4-6 inches of snow from Monday night into Tuesday. Those inches will drain about $50,000 more out of Wayland's snow budget, Ouellette predicted. By the time, Wayland restocks the salt shed for the end of the season, …
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…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
A look back at some of the top headlines in Wayland this week.
Wayland Murder: Nathaniel Fujita Trial Patch was in the courtroom this week as jury selection occurred then opening statements and early testimony in the trial of Nathaniel Fujita, the man accused of killing Lauren Astley in 2011. Patch is live blogging the courtroom proceedings, and the link above is to a topic page where info about the case and trial is housed. Special Education Teacher Wins 'Trip of a Lifetime' Award A veteran Wayland Middle School special education teacher is this year's recipient of the Mary L. Johnson Travelship Award. Three Days Later: Wayland DPW Crews in Clean-Up Mode The Wayland Department of Public Works said they were dealing with an epic storm last weekend and continued cleaning it up days after the storm. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Keeping each road passable is the chief goal in the midst of a storm, but now crews are busy trying to clean up intersections, sight lines and sidewalks.
The Blizzard of 2013 ended three days ago, but the crews of the Wayland Department of Public Works remain hard at work. Joe Doucette, senior foreman for the DPW, said he was incredibly proud of the workers, many of which are relatively new employees. "It was quite an undertaking," Doucette said. "I'm very proud of the staff. Our equipment took a beating. It was a challenge. I think we did very well considering what we have. We have a lot of new employees, rookie people we've hired in the past year. For a lot of them this was the first major snow storm. They did great job." Doucette said that during the height of the storm and in its immediate aftermath, the goal is simply to keep the roads passable. "Keep the roads passable and open -- …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Tests in August revealed coliform bacteria in Wayland's drinking water.
Wayland's drinking water violated a state standard for the presence of coliform bacteria in August. According to a release from the Department of Public Works, two samples collected in August -- out of a total of 32 -- tested positive for coliforms, non-harmful bacteria. The state standard is that no more than one sample test positive for the bacteria in a given month. The DPW said the situation in “not an emergency,” adding that there is no need for residents to boil their water or take other corrective action; however, "people with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers," according to the DPW release. …
Monday, April 2, 2012
A rainy Saturday didn't stop residents from coming to the grand reopening of Wayland's Hannah Williams Playground.
Under normal circumstances, cold drizzle on a cloudy day makes the average playground a lonely place. But Saturday wasn’t normal and the new Hannah Williams Playground isn’t average. On Saturday morning, under gray, wet skies, Wayland’s Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette reopened Hannah Williams Playground after closing it in May 2011 for safety concerns and in anticipation of a redesign. “This has been a long time coming,” Ouellette told the crowd of wellies-wearing adults and children standing in the chilly morning mist. “This was my most challenging job that I had last year.” The new playground features the swing set from the old playground as well as new monkey bars, tunnels, a merry-go-round, several slides and a couple…