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Executive Producer: Ken Isaacson

Co-Producers: Frank Fuller & Susan Wagner

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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: The Assessors

About Those New Real Estate Assessments!

 

Program #127. Nov 17, 2019. This week our guest is Jayson Brodie, chair of the Board of Assessors (at elapsed time 6:57). He’ll walk us through the entire assessing process. We’ll find out how his board operates, how our real estate assessments are established, what residents can do if they want to appeal their valuations, and more.
 

Plus: This Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> FY21 Spending Level might be higher than guideline
> New River’s Edge project presented to Conservation Commission
> Economic Development Committee has many projects underway
> Arts Wayland business plan
> Pop-ups for Town Center?

> “State of the Town” Public Forum coming December 10th

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:
River’s Edge New Presentation 110519

Link to Assessor’s Office (Assessment information)

Spotlight on: Wayland’s Water Resources

Program #126. Nov. 10, 2019. This week our program is about Wayland’s water resources (at elapsed time 09:14); a look at what they are, where they are; why they’re important to Wayland; how they’re maintained; the outlook for their future, and what residents can do to help keep them healthy. We’ll talk to Mike Lowery, former member of the Surface Water Quality Committee.

Plus these Top Stories from Town Government:
> Urge CoA/Community Center RFP in time for Annual Town Meeting Warrant
> Murphy fills Board of Public Works vacancy
> Residents laud DPW for performance
> BoPW move ahead towards laydown area 
> BoPW seeks stronger water suspension regulations
> SWQC advised of conflict of interest potential

> Dudley and Heard ponds weed removal now complete
> Bacteria bloom in Lake Cochituate updated
> Tonya Largy successful Library presentation on archaeology

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

Conservation Trails and Ponds
Five Miles Astride the River- link to video
Marx Brothers at Heard Pond
Resident water conservation steps

Thoreau’s Journal 1851 – Dudley Pond

Wayland Water Access Points

Spotlight on: The Library

Update and Outlook
Program #125. Nov 3, 2019. Our guest this week is Aida Gennis, Chair of the Wayland Public Library Board of Trustees (at elapsed time (11:39). We’ll talk about changes over the past year, their plans for the near future and their vision for the library in coming years.
 

Plus: This Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Selectmen deliberate on Special Act

> Selectmen mull conflicts of interest

> FinCom comments on “resource-based” capital plan
> TA recommends capital stabilization fund

> 24 School Street 40B coming back to ConCom
> EDC recommends land use
> Veterans Day observances

> Town Moderator Peter Gossels remembered

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

24 School Street – Stay of Procedures 100419

EDC Memorandum of Land parcels 102819

Proposed Conflict of Interest Policy 102819
TMSA Questions from Boards and Committees 102819

Spotlight on: Town Planning

Program #124. Oct. 27, 2019. Our guest this week is Wayland Town Planner Sarkis Sarkisian with new developments in town (at elapsed time 05:42.) There’s a new plan for the River’s Edge housing development working its way through the Town’s review boards. That plan would increase the number of units from 190 to 218. That’s more than Town Meeting authorized. We’ll find out why, and how the new plan might affect Wayland’s 40B “Safe Harbor” status. We’ll also find out what’s new at Town Center and at the old Whole Foods shopping center, as the Town is planning an improvement program along that stretch of Route 20. Finally, we’ll get an update on development on Route 27 in Cochituate Village.

Plus: these Top Stories from Town Government:

> Climate Committee on reducing carbon footprint at River’s Edge

> Solar savings for lower income residents

> Recreation Commission will bring Loker field back to ATM

> Shell shed proposed for crew teams

> Oxbow Meadows nearing completion

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

RGB Affordable Housing Inventory 102419

Board of Health Halloween EEE advice 102319

Spotlight on: Vaping Emergency - Encore

Program #123. Oct.20, 2019. Our topic is the vaping emergency. Our guests are Wayland Board of Health Director Julia Junghanns, and Director of Youth and Family Services, Jason Verhoosky (at elapsed time 12:14). All 50 states have now imposed age restrictions on the purchase of e-cigarette products. In Massachusetts, the legal age is 21. That was until our governor recently imposed a four-month ban on all vaping products, lasting until January 25, 2020. The Mass Department of Health is relying on local health departments to assist with enforcement of the ban. Tonight’s program is about what users should know about vaping, the risks, reasons for the state-wide ban, and upcoming educational sessions.

 

Plus: NEW Top Stories from Town Government:

> New Signage coming to Route 20 business district

> Projects moving forward at Middle, Loker and Happy Hollow schools

> Finance Committee forwards recommendation for FY2021 budget increase

> New principal at Happy Hollow

> High School Math procedures under scrutiny by some parents

> New Artificial Turf concerns: PFAS carcinogenic chemical substances

> Heard Farm restores heirloom orchard

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

Emergency Order – Vaping 092419
Finance Committee Spending Letter 100419
Five year draft capital improvement plan FY21-25 101219

Spotlight on: Selectmen’s Update – Recent events

Program #122. Oct.13, 2019. This week our guest is Cherry Karlson, Chair of the Wayland Selectmen (at elapsed time 10:31). She discusses where we stand as of now on a number of items that residents are following, like the Town Manager Act, why they cancelled Fall Town Meeting, what’s next for the Council on Aging/Community Center, the Verizon cell tower, and more.

 

Plus this Week’s Top Stories from town Government:

> Selectmen swear in new Wayland Police officer Colin Whitney

> Finance Committee votes $2.7M operating budget

> Public Works board concerns over Town Manager Act

> DPW’s water meter project back on track

> Longtime Public Works member Tom Abdella resigns

> Board of Health: budget, tobacco sales restrictions

> Continuing EEE risk

> Possible conservation cluster at 12 Claypit Hill Road

> Overnight Route 20 detour through December

> Neighbors launch “Help Neighbors Wayland, MA” GoFundMe page

> Peter Gossels publishes new book on Holocaust

Spotlight on: the Vaping Emergency

Program #121. Oct. 6, 2019. Our topic is the vaping emergency. Our guests are Wayland Board of Health Director Julia Junghanns, and Director of Youth and Family Services, Jason Verhoosky (at elapsed time 12:14). All 50 states have now imposed age restrictions on the purchase of e-cigarette products. In Massachusetts, the legal age is 21. That was until our governor recently imposed a four-month ban on all vaping products, lasting until January 25, 2020. The Mass Department of Health is relying on local health departments to assist with enforcement of the ban. Tonight’s program is about what users should know about vaping, the risks, reasons for the state-wide ban, and upcoming educational sessions.

 

Plus this Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Shape of FY2021 Budget in initial stages of discussion

> Parents challenge School Committee on school start-time
> Parents question absence of Happy Hollow principal

> New plans to increase size of River’s Edge

> Wayland Citizen’s Police Academy wants you!

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

River’s Edge New Plan 9.24.29
Wayland Subsidized Housing Projections 073019

ConCom on 215 Glezen lane

Citizens Police Academy Flyer

Emergency Order – Vaping 092419

Spotlight on: Wayland Schools Update

Program #120. Sept. 29, 2019. It’s a new school year. Our guests this week (at elapsed time 10:17) are superintendent Dr. Arthur Unobskey and School Committee Chair Jeanne Downs. Host Susan Wagner discusses effects of the new school start times, EEE protections, status of the sports fields construction, the World Languages program, school improvement projects, upcoming contract negotiations and the school bus parking situation.

Plus this Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Mike Lowery resigns Surface Water Quality Committee in protest
> REC plans for Loker?
> Library trustees update of recent actions

> Teen Loft opens at Library

> Board of Public Works adjusting to new purchasing system requirements
> Odd-Even water restriction established
> Council on Aging struggling to meet meals on wheels demand
> New Temporary Sign Guideline set by Historical District Commission
 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

Lowery resignation 092319

Library 2019 Annual Report 092319

Historic District Sign Guidelines 092319

Water Ban 09119

Spotlight on: Town Government Updates

Program #119. Sept. 22, 2019. Today we begin our 5th year of broadcasting The Buzz, and we’re very excited to have reached this milestone. As we kick-off the new season, we have a lot of Town Government business to report on. We’re going to bring you up to date on a number of key developments. Our originally scheduled Schools Update has been postponed to next week. Our apologies for any inconvenience. 

 

This Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:
> Town boards in state ordered mediation
> Cass litigation
> Surface Water Quality Committee – weeding out...
> Council on Aging/Community Center moving forward?
> Financial Summit: taxes going up?
> Planning Board
> Water Meter project moves forward at a trickle
> Bus Parking and DPW left out in the dark?
> Library breaks out new Teen Space 
> Teens to make political statements

> Wayland’s Hazard Mitigation plan
> Community Solar: Homeowners can buy-in to savings

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

Town Administrator’s Report 082619
BOS River’s edge Resolution 051815
FY20 Financial Summit 090919
Cass Legal Docs – BOS Packet 082619

Spotlight on: Civility at Town Meeting

Program #118. June 23, 2019. In the spotlight this week is Wayland Town Meeting. Certain events at Annual Town Meeting this past April, have sparked interest in several topics: Lack of civility at Town Meeting; the growing Town Meeting budget; and whether we should be looking at alternative forms of Town Meeting? Host Susan Wagner is joined by Town Moderator Dennis Berry.

 

Plus this week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Residents’ concerns at Oxbow Meadows

> Community opposition to cell tower at high school

> Dates set for Town Meeting

> Selectmen discuss Loker environmental study review

> Litigation brought by former Athletic Director

> SWQC advises on Dudley Pond herbicide treatment

> News on Senior tax relief

> Board of Health weighs in on high school cell tower

 

Click these links to items mentioned on the program:

Dudley Pond Milfoil Diagram 061019

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