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Program Schedule:
Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am & 6pm (Public Channel: Comcast Ch.8 - Verizon Ch.37)
 and always On-line at WayCAM On-Demand

Spotlight on: Ask The Candidates

Q&A for Selectman candidates

Program #138. Mar. 22, 2020. This week (at elapsed time 00:53), we have a special presentation: Ask the Candidates. We interview the three candidates for Selectmen. We ask them questions from residents of Wayland who sent them in to The Buzz for this program. The questions are broad and bar no punches. We think you’ll learn a lot about what the candidates think about how to address the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Wayland in the next few years. We were unable to interview School Committee candidates due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Spotlight on: Select Board/Town Manager Special Act

Program #137. Mar. 15, 2020. This week (at elapsed time 07:10), we discuss one of the most important and controversial warrant articles coming to Annual Town Meeting in April: the Select Board/Town Manager Special Act. It’s a sweeping change to our town government, and of course, it’s not without controversy. Explaining what it is, how we got here, why the Act is being proposed and what it will mean for the future of Wayland, will be Selectpersons Cherry Karlson and Lea Anderson. 

Plus these Town Government Reports. 
> Board of Health provides COVID-19 guidelines
> Town Government taking action on COVID-19
> Loker & Middle School temporarily closed
> What about Elections and ATM
> Plans for Gossels Good Government Award
> Lighted Flag at Lokerville Green

Follow these links to documents mentioned on the program:

Board of Health: Self-Quarantine Guide 030720 
People at Risk – Board of Health Advisory 031520
Board of Health Update 030720
Collins Center Financial Management Report 02_2018
Town Manager Special Act 011420
Org Chart for Wayland 031520
Gov. Baker State of Emergency Message 03_2020
Corona Virus TAKE-ACTION Instructions 031220

Spotlight on: Loker Field Project

Pro- and Con- discussion of the upcoming Warrant Article

Program #136. Mar. 8, 2020. This week (at elapsed time 09:48) our spotlight is on the Loker Turf Field warrant article coming up at Annual Town Meeting. It’s coming back for the third time. The Selectmen admonished the Recreation Commission to not bring back the exact same article as before. We’ll talk to Recreation Commissioners Asa Foster and Brud Wright, proponents of the article, and find out if there are any changes. Then resident John Sax will present his opposition view.

Plus these Town Government Reports. 

> Reid-Wallace files MCAD complaint against Schools

> BoPW tackles Chapter 193 rewrite
> BoPW working on new water regulations

> BoPW wants more self-sufficient Transfer Station
> Surface Water Quality Committee prepares for Spring

> CPA article to fund Library building access
> Mini-golf coming to Library
> Library groups boycotting Macmillan Publishing

> Loker Field still not resolved at ConCom and ZBA

Spotlight on: Finance Committee (Warrant Article)

Town Moderator, not Selectmen, should appoint FinCom, 

Program #135. Mar. 1, 2020. We discuss the Warrant Article to change the way the Finance Committee appointed. Petitioners propose we adopt the structure used by most Massachusetts towns (at elapsed time 11:36). Petitioners feel that our budgeting structure is incorrect. The Selectmen, the Executive branch, should be creating the budget, and the Finance Committee should be reviewing that budget for the legislative branch, the citizens of Town Meeting, not for the Selectmen, as is done now. To better understand the article, we’ll be joined by lead petitioner Carole Plumb and former Selectman George Harris. 

Plus these Town Government Committee Reports
> Says Town Manager Special Act isn’t ready for Town Meeting vote
> REC offers 5 year moratorium on new fields
> Accuses REC of restricting comments for upcoming Loker Field Public Hearing
> Reiterates using old DPW site for CoA/Community Center
> Gossels Award proposed
> CoA/CC RFP still not made public
> River’s Edge moving forward
> School Bus parking still unresolved
> Finance Committee in whirlwind meetings
> Update on Historical Commission cleanup at Wayland Depot

> Historical Commission to celebrate 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

> Deadline is March 6 for nominations for Lydia Maria Child Award
> Still time to get free Flu shots at Board of Health

Click these links to documents mentioned on the program:

Finance Committee Warrant Article, Rev.
Budget Schedule and process 2019
FinCom interview Slide Show 030120

Collins Center Report Feb 2018Nuz

Spotlight on: “Community Choice Aggregation”

Should we buy our electricity in bulk? (Warrant Article)

Program #134. Feb. 23, 2020. This week (at elapsed time 08:16) our spotlight is on a state regulated program that would allow Wayland to purchase electricity supply in bulk for all households and small businesses currently enrolled in Eversource's Basic Service. It’s called Community Choice Aggregation or CCA. It’s a powerful way for everyone in Wayland to turn our energy consumption ‘green’, but it is a bit complicated. The article is sponsored by the Wayland Energy and Climate Committee. We’ll get the details from co-chair Ellen Tohn.

Plus these Town Government Reports. 

> Environmental report on area of proposed Loker turf field
> Status of vernal pool at Loker project area
> ConCom sidelined on Training Field Road
> Dog walkers pooping on ConCom?
> Energy & Climate Committee’s new initiatives
> Lokerville Green gets facelift

Spotlight on: Sustainable Wayland

Program #133. Feb. 16, 2020. This week our spotlight is on a new civic action group in Wayland. It’s called “Sustainable Wayland” (at elapsed time 07:55). Who are they and what are they all about? Our guest is Wayland resident Steve Wynne, one of the group’s founders. In an email, announcing their formation in January 2020, they state that their purpose is to provide information, promote understanding, and deliver meaningful context for important town-wide issues.  

Plus these Town Government Reports. 

> Last minute candidates sign up

> Suggest old DPW garage site for COA/CC

> New Federal grant for Rail Trail

> Loker Field article approved by BOS
> Loker Field forum scheduled for March 18

> Happy Hollow and Claypit playground refurbs

> School Committee budget hearing Feb 24
> BOH suggests on virus protection

Click these links to documents mentioned on the program:

Wayland Election Schedule -2020

Spotlight on: Future Growth

What recent demographic projections say about tomorrow’s Wayland.

Program #132. Feb. 9, 2020. This week’s topic may not sound very exciting, but it’s critical to understanding what Wayland will be like over the next decade. Our guest (at elapsed time 10:15) is School Supt. Arthur Unobskey. He provides an overview of a demographic study just recently completed by the school department. It projects the trajectories of the school population between now and 2030; data that affects everything from home equity to commercial development, to government spending. 


Plus these Town Government Reports. 

> Presidential Primary coming March 3rd
> Uncontested Town Elections March 31
> 5 CPC articles coming to ATM
> Strategic Plan for Cochituate?
> Moody’s rates Wayland
> Repeal Conservaton Chapter 193?
> FY21 budget: $86M
> Loker School Roof repairs
> Phase 3 HS Fields removed from ATM


Click these links to documents mentioned on the program:

Warrant for 2020 Presidential Primary
ATM Warrant Articles preliminary list 020320
Town Election Candidates, interim 020320

Population Enrollment Presentation 10_2019
McKibben Demographic Research 12_2020
League of Women Voters Centennial 

Spotlight on: WHS Students’ Voting Initiative

Program #131. Dec. 22, 2019. This week for our final program of 2019, our spotlight is on two energized Wayland High School students (at elapsed time 08:49), who’ve already got their sights fixed on next November’s election. They recently participated in a brainstorming session at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, on ways to get their communities and student peers motivated to vote. Our guests are Seniors Angela Chi and Junior Sam Goldstone; and their principal Allyson Mizoguchi. We’ll find about that Harvard program and about what drives their energy. 

Plus This Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Sculling Shed for Lake Cochituate?
> Town Administrator Review

> Cass litigation cost finalized
> High School treatment plant down through 2020
> Climate Committee climate action plan with MAPC
> Nomination papers available Jan. 7th

> WHS students offering Christmas tree removal

> Lewis Russell passes


Click these links to documents mentioned on the program:

High School Students at Harvard

Spotlight on: State of the Town

2019 Review / 2020 Preview

Program #130. Dec. 15, 2019. On December 10, 2019, Town and School Department leaders presented their first State of the Town Public Forum since 2009. The town-wide event, was hosted live at Town Building by Wayland Weekly Buzz, and broadcast live. Presenters were: Chair of the Selectmen, Cherry Karlson; Chair of the School Committee, Jeanne Downs; School Superintendent Arthur Unobskey; and Town Administrator Louise Miller. They reported to Town residents on the present status of the Town and Schools, our financial health, and our outlook for the new year. (Apologies for the video quality).


Follow this link to the State of the Town presentation:
State of the Town Presentation 121019


There are no Town Government Reports this week. 

Spotlight on: Comcast Cable Negotiations

What’s driving new contract for 2020?

Program #129. Dec. 8, 2019. September, 2020, is the deadline for Wayland to sign a new licensing agreement with Comcast, one of our two cable providers. The Town’s Cable Advisory Committee has begun the ascertainment process which will continue into 2020 and culminate, hopefully, with a successful new license in September. In addition to the committee’s work, Town residents will also be involved, and important to a successful outcome. Joining us (at elapsed time 14:10) to discuss the goals of the negotiation, as well as the role Town residents will play, are Selectmen Doug Levine, the selectmen’s liaison to the committee; and Jim Mullane, Executive Director of WayCAM, the Town’s public access media center.

Plus these Town Government Reports:
> Revised report on Loker Field

> Warrants open December 13th for ATM
> Selectmen will ask repurposing of $470k CoA/CC funding
> ECC recommends increasing ‘green’ energy townwide
> Planning Board forwards River’s Edge application to ZBA
> BoPW recommends evaluating sidewalks
> BoPW kerfuffle with TA over reporting process
> DPW managers actions save Town $40K-$60K
> New Senior Tax Relief action
> “State of the Town” Public Forum Dec. 10


Click these links to documents mentioned on the program:
Revised CMG letter on Loker Field 112119
Community choice aggregation program112519

ATM Warrant Instructions 112519
Petitioners’ process 112519

FY2020 Tax Classification hearing 112519 

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