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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: 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 

Spotlight on: Climate Reality

WCPA brings Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to Wayland

Program #128 November 24, 2019. This week, something special. Our spotlight is on Climate – global and local (at elapsed time 5:24). Susan Golden is a volunteer for the Climate Reality Project. Trained by former US Vice President Al Gore, she held a public presentation at Wayland High School on November 20th. In a 24-hour period, November 20th and 21st, the organization gave climate presentations on our changing climate, in all 50 US states and over 75 countries around the world. The Wayland program was sponsored by the Wayland Children and Parents Association. In addition to an interview with the program’s presenter, Susan Golden, there’s an introduction by Whitney Fair, one of WCPA’s program organizers, as well as presentations by Sean Fair, Chair of the Wayland Conservation Commission, and Ellen Tohn, co-chair of Wayland’s Energy and Climate Committee. And we show two clips that explain what the Climate Reality Project is all about, and how each one of us fits in.


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

> FinCom receives $10.1M in capital requests from DPW, Schools and REC
> CoA/CC RFP moving forward (slowly)
> ECC providing green input at River’s Edge
> ECC to propose energy aggregation at ATM
> Board of Health report on EEE
> State of the Town Public Forum Dec. 10


Click these links to items mentioned on the program:
Busy Parents Making Changes for Zero Waste
Climate Reality Project – Home Page 
Silent Spring Institute – Home Page
Sudbury Valley Trustees – Home Page

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Feb. 16: Sustainable Wayland emerges
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