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  1. Lawrie, I did a little research on this, and...

    Lawrie,

    I did a little research on this, and here is the answer based on my understanding:

    Bylaw 604.9.1 allows "parties of interest" to appeal a site plan with the issuance of any building...
  2. Mark, I'm sorry - I didn't mean to imply that...

    Mark,

    I'm sorry - I didn't mean to imply that you were being disrespectful or condescending here at all. I appreciate your details on the development, some of which I knew, and some of which I...
  3. Letters are effective, but even more effective is...

    Letters are effective, but even more effective is showing up in person and making public comment. Be there, and let them know how you feel.

    But when you do comment, whether it's in person or...
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    Mark, you are right that many sites do visitor...

    Mark, you are right that many sites do visitor tracking, and that there can be valid reasons for it, particularly for a commercial entity. I am not altogether sure what the need is for it on a site...
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    WaylandTransparency is adding a "Moderator's...

    WaylandTransparency is adding a "Moderator's Corner", where apparently the site will address IP tracking. Until we have that new page, the Moderator there posted the following:



    So clearly,...
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    Whoa! As a test, I installed StatCounter for...

    Whoa! As a test, I installed StatCounter for about a half-hour on Thursday morning. I could see not only the IP addresses of everyone who visited WaylandeNews, but also what pages they went to and...
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    More detailed user logging is done as well

    Beyond the user tracking available via HTML Comment Box, Wayland Transparency also uses StatCounter, which can not only track visitors who post to the site, but also visitors who just visit the site....
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    IP Logging and Anonymity

    A reader brought to my attention some of the recent comments at Wayland Transparency and asked about the capturing of IP addresses there and here. I will share some information.

    First, we are too...
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    I don't recall what the cost is of holding an...

    I don't recall what the cost is of holding an extra election (something like $20,000 rings a bell for me). I hope that we can forgo it since, as Jeff noted, it's only a few months until the regular...
  10. I just noticed that the Globe article that...

    I just noticed that the Globe article that inspired this thread in the first place is no longer online.

    It was actually an Associated Press piece and it can still be found online here: ...
  11. The Boston Globe published another piece on...

    The Boston Globe published another piece on comment sections I thought worth sharing:
    Sick of comment sections? Say no more.

    Allowing anonymous commenting is definitely "good for business",...
  12. Why you need to be careful what you read and what you believe

    The Town Crier posted an article yesterday in which the Superintendent explained how nothing has changed in the status of The Children's Way.

    This seems like an odd thing for a Superintendent to...
  13. New research on long-term impacts of playing...

    New research on long-term impacts of playing football at an early page was just published. From today's Boston Globe:
    Brain risk seen in early-age football

    There are certainly limitations of the...
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    Ben, I tell everyone about the avalanches. A...

    Ben, I tell everyone about the avalanches. A friend who installed after talking with me about it put up a diverter that directs the snow so that it comes down in a more friendly place (in his case...
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    I love my solar panels

    Carl,

    My husband and I installed solar panels on our home three years ago as part of the Solarize Wayland program. That program enabled us to lease the panels with a single upfront payment, but...
  16. This strikes me as not very different than using...

    This strikes me as not very different than using the sort of SecureID token that many of us for work, or the Google Authenticator or Symantec VIP or other two-factor authentication that we use for...
  17. The Crier also posted a link to the article on...

    The Crier also posted a link to the article on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WaylandTownCrier/posts/382815445176440). If you want to follow Wayland news, I'd recommend following:

    Wayland...
  18. Jeff, just to make sure it's clear, WaylandeNews...

    Jeff, just to make sure it's clear, WaylandeNews not only listed the public forum in the meetings section of the newsletter, but also included it in the first sentence of the introduction of the...
  19. Right. Ha, you got me in a Catch-22 there. I...

    Right. Ha, you got me in a Catch-22 there. I can ignore the speculation others are doing (and essentially let them have free rein with widespread fraud allegations) or I have to speculate myself. ...
  20. The article in question failed by a vote of...

    The article in question failed by a vote of 167-191. To pass, 25 fewer votes would have been required (we would have had to have had only 166 valid votes since a tie would have been a failure). In...
  21. As I understand it, there is a "blurry" photo of...

    As I understand it, there is a "blurry" photo of someone with more than one handset beside them. I asked the Moderator for a copy of this photo since it was presented to him at a public meeting, but...
  22. I have only heard of one Town Meeting member...

    Mr. Harris' bigger fault is in repeating anonymous and unfounded allegations. To my knowledge, no one has come forward to report that any Town Meeting member voted using another member's handset.
    ...
  23. My suggestion would be to focus on ensuring that...

    My suggestion would be to focus on ensuring that there are only as many handsets in the auditorium as there are eligible voters. If someone who ever had a handset leaves, we should make sure that...
  24. I am flummoxed by your unwavering commitment to...

    I am flummoxed by your unwavering commitment to nobody touching anybody else's handset under any circumstances. I'm not trying to be contrary here, I'm just confused by your logic. Why would it be...
  25. This is what defines illegal assistance: ...

    This is what defines illegal assistance: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVIII/Chapter56/Section28



    So what makes aiding someone illegal is if the person they are...
  26. OK. And state laws require that anyone who wants...

    OK. And state laws require that anyone who wants assistance voting can have it. I do not believe we can have a local rule that overwrites a state guaranteed right. If I'm sitting in the bleachers...
  27. This quite clearly prevents anyone from voting...

    This quite clearly prevents anyone from voting for themselves twice. It's not as clear that it prevents someone from voting on behalf of someone else, but I'll grant that it possibly does. I didn't...
  28. I reviewed the state statutes and could actually...

    I reviewed the state statutes and could actually find very little that governed voting at Town Meeting. Here is all that I know of (MGL Chapter. 51, Section 1...
  29. Hi Dave, I'll take that bait!! :D Here are a...

    Hi Dave, I'll take that bait!! :D

    Here are a few more examples:

    It is 7:35pm, and although the Town Clerk indicated there was a quorum at 7:25pm, the meeting has not been called to order.
    A...
  30. Are any of them, in your opinion, fraud? The...

    Are any of them, in your opinion, fraud?

    The definition of fraud that I would use is what you get from a google search: fraud is a "deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain". If you...
  31. I wasn't suggesting that the Moderator's Rules...

    I wasn't suggesting that the Moderator's Rules weren't the rules for the meeting. I was suggesting that they don't comprise "the law". They do not determine what is legal and they don't define what...
  32. Let's be crystal clear: Putting your handset...

    Let's be crystal clear: Putting your handset down (to go to the bathroom, to blow your nose, to get a drink of water, to attend to your child who might be attending with you) is not voter fraud. ...
  33. I think there are a few separate (but related)...

    I think there are a few separate (but related) topics here:


    are the accusations of voter fraud that were published in Wayland Voters Network and recounted at the Moderator's Forum (which was...
  34. Moderator Dennis Berry weighed in on the issue in...

    Moderator Dennis Berry weighed in on the issue in this letter to the Wayland Patch, saying:
  35. Voter fraud? or over the top accusations?

    Wayland Voters Network (here) and, subsequently, the Town Crier (here) have written about allegations of voter fraud at Town Meeting. The suggestion these articles make is that in some cases couples...
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    We need to start school later

    The American Academy of Pediatrics this summer issued a recommendation that High Schools and Middle Schools not start before 8:30am. Their recommendation was based on research that demonstrated a...
  37. Carl, Jeff and Julie, I'm highly ambivalent on...

    Carl, Jeff and Julie,

    I'm highly ambivalent on this topic.

    On the one hand, I am all for freedom to choose and make your own mistakes (though, as Carl notes, we do prohibit many things we know...
  38. Your thoughts on football, your children, concussions and safety

    Julie Suratt wrote this article published in the current Boston Magazine: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2015/01/05/let-boy-play-football/

    I discount the possibility that people in...
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    Carl and Jeff, here's another example for you. ...

    Carl and Jeff, here's another example for you. But it's not mine, it's George Harris'.

    http://wayland.wickedlocal.com/article/20140730/NEWS/140739765

    Mr. Harris believes (though we will never...
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    Nearly there...

    It's been nearly a year since the controversial Town Administrator firing last year, but Wayland is finally negotiating a contract with a new Town Administrator, and Fred Turkington is finally...
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    Carl, here's an example for you. In this...

    Carl, here's an example for you. In this example, the Truro Assessors violate the same rule that our School Committee did in having a non-Chair explain and make the motion to go into Executive...
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    Jeff, here's an example from the BOS meeting on...

    Jeff, here's an example from the BOS meeting on January 27, 2014. From the meeting minutes:

    The Board considered the applicants to the resident positions on the committee. S. Correia commented...
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    Maybe some progress

    See http://sharon.wickedlocal.com/article/20140630/NEWS/140639757

    From the article:
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    Town Administrator Disaster

    It's been nearly a year since the Board of Selectmen broke the Open Meeting Law, posting an agenda that didn't properly notify the public (or even all of its own members) and proceeded (despite...
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    Holding onto tradition, resistance to change and fear of the unknown...

    Just goes to show, everybody has their threshold for how much risk they are willing to take:

    Boston Globe article 5/21/14: Shift to voting machines
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    Nope, not happening. I admit I started to type...

    Nope, not happening.

    I admit I started to type out a full reply to the prior poster's question, but then I thought better of it.

    The purpose of this topic was to discuss the Open Meeting Law...
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    Post #23 was completely non-responsive, and seems...

    Post #23 was completely non-responsive, and seems to be an attempt to divert attention from the real topic (Open Meeting Law) to a red herring topic (me). I believe I've addressed all the questions...
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    John, Let's go to the heart of it: What to...

    John,

    Let's go to the heart of it: What to you is the purpose of the Open Meeting Law? In what ways do the violations found in the most recent School Committee case violate that purpose? (As...
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    John, I don't have time for a full reply at...

    John,

    I don't have time for a full reply at the moment, but since you made an assertion that one of my comments could be libelous, I will briefly address that. Here is what the AG said in finding...
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    Note: I tried to find one easy table with local...

    Note: I tried to find one easy table with local election turnout, but no one seems to have collected and published such a thing. I did, however, find this article about local election turnout: ...
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    The chart contains the following (relatively...

    The chart contains the following (relatively minor overall) errors:
    it omits Brookline (1/3)
    it lists Lexington as 2/2, should be 1/2
    it lists Wayland as 12/16, should be 12/17

    Quality of...
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    It is worth considering that the process we use...

    It is worth considering that the process we use now is essentially just like having a successful denial of service attack.
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    Solution to Proxy Voting Cocnern

    I've mentioned before, but we didn't thoroughly discuss, that there are easy, already available ways to authenticate individual users that I would think we could employ for remote voting.

    Google...
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    This seems like a nice idea, but you can see...

    This seems like a nice idea, but you can see where it breaks down pretty quickly - parents don't like to keep young kids out until 10:30pm (or 11:30 or midnight...) on any night of the week, much...
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    This letter appeared online on the Crier today: ...

    This letter appeared online on the Crier today: http://wayland.wickedlocal.com/article/20140417/NEWS/140416407, which I thought was a fair brief summary of Town Meeting problems.

    I haven't...
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    Dave, thanks for this. Amazing how 14.5 hours...

    Dave, thanks for this. Amazing how 14.5 hours can seem like 50! :)
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    So we agree it's just too long and we need to...

    So we agree it's just too long and we need to work to make it work better for our residents.

    We also agree that it's not typically 5-6 sessions.

    Where we disagree: I think the phrase "no...
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    There was one counted vote, and that count was...

    There was one counted vote, and that count was 32-175. Counting that many votes simply does not take that much time. All the other votes were uncounted. (Details of the Town Meeting are online...
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    That said, that fourth night had already gone so...

    That said, that fourth night had already gone so long that before the participant died, I had already moved to adjourn. So we may well have finished that fourth night, but that session was already...
  60. Jerry, we quote the first few sentences of...

    Jerry, we quote the first few sentences of articles after the link to the article itself. None of that was our text. The article to which you refer was published in the Wayland Town Crier here:...
  61. John, the forum does have bullet lists available...

    John, the forum does have bullet lists available for nicer formatting. If you don't see bulleting available as a formatting option, hit the "Go Advanced" button at the bottom of your post.
  62. Carl, I don't think Julie thinks it "runs...

    Carl, I don't think Julie thinks it "runs rampant". Everywhere you go, you'll find people who are unkind, so running across a few anywhere should be no surprise. But she certainly doesn't see it as...
  63. John, have you read her article? There wasn't a...

    John, have you read her article? There wasn't a single word in it about politics. Further, I don't know if the author even participates in Town politics. Jumping to the conclusion that her...
  64. I'd love to meet Julie, and will seek her out. I...

    I'd love to meet Julie, and will seek her out. I am sorry if she (and others) have felt left out either in Wayland or in other suburbs.

    I really doubt she has met much ostracizing here as a...
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    Bring back the Australian Ballot?

    I just re-read my thoughts on this post: Should we change Town Meeting to an Australian-Ballot and would like to say how surprised I am how much my opinion about Town Meeting has changed in 4 years....
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    You are right that not every article shows up at...

    You are right that not every article shows up at Town Meeting "ready for prime time" -- but most often these are petitioner's articles, and there are mandated schedules that guide these processes -...
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    Another option would be to continually display...

    Another option would be to continually display the # of voters who have indicated they are ready.

    This reminds me: at one point, the Moderator noted that he could vote if he wanted, or could even...
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    Dan, thanks for this post. I think it's an...

    Dan, thanks for this post. I think it's an important topic.

    I've been attending Town Meeting for nearly twenty years now, and Monday's night debate over the capital budget represented a low point...
  69. How much should one say when concerned about legal consequences?

    Another website in town has posted the following on its home page:

    http://www.waylandenews.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=151

    In case the image doesn't show up for you, it reads:

    ...
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    Dave, to limit proxy voting, what do you think...

    Dave, to limit proxy voting, what do you think of something akin to Google Authenticator or Facebook's Code Generator -- people could be required to enter a unique code prior to voting that would...
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    Don't we have precisely the same issue with...

    Don't we have precisely the same issue with absentee balloting? We have had absentee balloting (based on my quick Google search) for the past 150 years. We allow absentee balloting because we know...
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    And given the confluence of John's question about...

    And given the confluence of John's question about the 10% and Carl and Jeff mentioning WVN, I thought I'd add:

    From today's WVN:
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    John, I don't want to write a book here, so I...

    John,

    I don't want to write a book here, so I will address three of your points, and come back to any others that you would like me to address:

    (1) the 10% tax increase

    there was a letter...
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    Carl, I agree with you. You were looking for help...

    Carl, I agree with you. You were looking for help about understanding the 10% tax increase, and so I thought I would chime in: you didn't miss anything. It was explicitly understood by all who were...
  75. Thanks for the other links, Jeff. I updated my...

    Thanks for the other links, Jeff.

    I updated my link to reflect your point 1 (no reason to leave the wrong link in there for any historical purposes)

    As for your other correction about...
  76. Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

    This article in the Boston Globe: Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments brought back thoughts of the discussions here on this forum on this topic. The Crier has implemented real name...
  77. BOS Responses to the Attorney General's Questions

    The Board of Selectmen has released their responses to the Attorney General's questions posed as part of their inquiry into the August 26 termination of Fred Turkington's contract. These are...
  78. Attached are the Executive Session minutes from...

    Attached are the Executive Session minutes from the October 7 Board of Selectmen meeting:
  79. Adding to the document store, the following is...

    Adding to the document store, the following is the Attorney General's request for written responses of the selectmen and their Special Counsel's request for drafts of their responses.
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    Ben, in case you have any difficulty finding...

    Ben, in case you have any difficulty finding these anywhere, I have posted them here: ...
  81. Executive Session Minutes from Selectmen Meetings re: OML & Attorney General inquiry

    The following are the minutes from the Executive Sessions the Board of Selectmen have held regarding the OML Complaint and the Attorney General inquiry:


    September 9 - 138
    September 16- 139
    ...
  82. Poll: I live in the Claypit area, have AT&T and am...

    I live in the Claypit area, have AT&T and am generally satisfied with coverage. It could certainly be stronger when I'm at home, but I do at least nearly always have coverage when at home.
  83. Poll: Where do you live, who is your Wireless Carrier, and are you happy with coverage?

    A neighbor emailed me to ask about cellphone coverage - who did I have, and was I happy with them? It's been a while since we had any posts about cell phone coverage, technology has improved, new...
  84. Wastewater and the Town Center - a primer

    The following article was submitted to the Town Crier by WWMDC member Sam Potter:

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/wayland/topstories/x1745246557/Explanation-of-wastewater-challenges-in-Wayland
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    John, Are you the "John" who posts on the...

    John,

    Are you the "John" who posts on the Patch? If so, just checking here: this was your post?
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    This comes from here:...
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    The silence is deafening

    I think this is a good place to post this letter about the deafening silence of the "watchdogs": http://www.wickedlocal.com/wayland/topstories/x1868845739/Letter-Silence-in-Wayland-is-deafening
  87. Weigh in on Elementary School Configuration Options

    The Elementary School Building Use Task Force held a public forum, and presented three options for reconfiguration of the schools.



    K -5 Schools Each of the three buildings would house...
  88. "Extraneous voices that would have had no place...

    "Extraneous voices that would have had no place in the discussion". Wow.
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    Jeff, you will find this document from Attorney...

    Jeff, you will find this document from Attorney Robert Ritchie to be useful: http://www.mass.gov/perac/training/massachusettspublicrecordslaw.pdf

    I'd suggest starting with his introductory letter.
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    Letters to the Board of Selectmen are public...

    Letters to the Board of Selectmen are public documents and are available upon request to any citizen.
  91. Why we don't post links to just any news source

    A recent post by a yahoo group that runs in town raised the question of why WaylandeNews doesn't link to it. We have addressed that before, but I thought that since it came up again, I would address...
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    Carl, while most towns in Massachusetts have a...

    Carl, while most towns in Massachusetts have a recall provision in their laws, Wayland currently does not. To add such a provision would require a vote at Town Meeting (deadline for this STM is a...
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    Where from Here?

    The following is a public document submitted to the Board of Selectmen. I post it to encourage public comment on the content.
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    To The Board of Selectmen
    ...
  94. Carl, I am going to have to see if I can add...

    Carl, I am going to have to see if I can add "like" buttons to this forum.
  95. Dave, that wasn't Donna's objection though. When...

    Dave, that wasn't Donna's objection though. When I asked her whether her name not being on the video was an inadvertent omission or whether she objected to the letter itself, she pointed me here:
    ...
  96. My Letter to the Selectmen

    I submitted the following to the Board of Selectmen this morning to lodge my complaint over the handling of the termination of Fred Turkington's contract. I also posted this on the Wayland Patch in...
  97. Metrowest Daily News Editorial: "Ambush in Wayland"

    The Metrowest Daily News posted a scathing review of the Board of Selectmen's Monday night actions. Find it online here:...
  98. Transcript of Board of Selectmen Meeting 8/26/13 - termination of Fred Turkington

    The following is an unofficial transcript of the parts of the Board of Selectmen Meeting that related to the firing of Town Administrator Fred Turkington. Several places are marked with [ ] where...
  99. Add to the Question List: What are we expecting from the Assistant Town Administrator

    Adding to the question list:

    Below are job descriptions for the Assistant Town Administrator and Town Administrator.

    Assistant TA: http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_HR/desc/ahr.pdf
    ...
  100. The Questions Not Asked

    Having slept on what transpired yet another night, I find my outrage has only built.

    The argument made by Tony Boschetto, Doug Leard, and Ed Collins during the debate and parroted by a poster at...
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