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    Default A Ceremonial Mayor for Cochituate Village?!

    I wonder what people think of Alan Reiss' concept for Cochituate Village.

    I received the attached document which was forwarded to me. This document was a response to an invitation to the candidates to address issues from the CVS group. Alan wrote this document as a marketing plan to revitalize the village as they requested. He says he would be happy to do this for any group in town.

    [NOTE: My initial post excluded the word "ceremonial" before "mayor" in the title. I have added it to clarify that Alan is not promoting an actual mayor or an actual separation from Wayland as a whole. I have also added the above note explaining the context for the document's creation.]

    What do people think about this concept?
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    Last edited by Kim Reichelt; 03-28-2009 at 11:10 AM. Reason: to clarify the context in which the document was written

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    Default Is this real

    Did Alan really write this? Why is this not on his site?

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    Default Where do you draw the line?

    Interesting...radical and where do you draw the line? What are the "boundaries" of Cochictuate?

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    Default Alan Reiss's comment

    I spoke with Alan Reiss earlier this evening about this document. He's in California on business but asked me to make clear that this document was intended to suggest ways that the Cochituate Village area could be revitalized as a coherent residential, architectural, and commercial community (with a ceremonial [Alan's word] and not an actual mayor), and was in no way intended as a "political manifesto" (my words) or as an "us against them" tract (my words again). Alan said that he'll seek to clarify this intention when he's back and has an opportunity to do so. He also said that he agrees that political differences among Wayland citizens should be reconciled, and divisiveness should not be encouraged or exacerbated.

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    Default Wow. You have GOT to be kidding

    Did you read that thing? I'm afraid there's no other way to interpret it other than as a separatist manifesto. The Machiavellian view would be that Alan can't get organized in the broader Wayland area, so (somewhat like Montreal), he figures he can secede from the union. Talk about taking a divisive "us vs. them" attitude to the extreme, I don't think I've ever read anything that made me feel more ostracized than that little write-up. I'm sorry Alan -- you have stepped WAY over the line this time.

    Carl

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    Default Clarification for this Article

    I would like to put this into the context that it was originally intended for. This was a written reply from Alan to a concerned CVS Cochituate Village group member. The question that was asked was "What would Alan do for Cochituate Village".
    The question was asked to address specifcially the Village because we feel that the village is losing its charm and we are being bombarded with out of
    character business proposals for here. For e.g CVS wanting to demolish old buildings and put in a concrete slab and T.D Banknorth looking for a 3 lane drivethru.
    This was not a campaign move to secure any sort of political position. This was simply someones vision as to how Cochituate Village might look like in the future.At all times everyones suggestions are welcome as to how to move Cochituate Village forward. Pauline Ahearne

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    Default Glad to see thread start modified

    Kim and I have cordially discussed this and Kim has made two changes, which add more precision and clarity to the initial thread start.

    I appreciate that enews made these changes and they did it graciously after I had a chance to explain in more detail the documents content and context.

    -- The addition of the word 'Ceremonial' as an adjective to 'Mayor' is very important because it refers to a non governmental position which is essentially a figure head of a 'village' or town as part of the branding scheme of the marketing document I produced at the request of the CVS Cochituate group. This position could also act as a conduit and point of contact to the larger Wayland government from the group, similar to what the Dudley Pond Association or WBA has in place. Without the word 'Ceremonial' one could construe that I was the General Lee of 1861 in Wayland. So this distressed me a great deal.

    The CVS posters here did try to also explain this in their own way.

    -- The qualifying statement which better puts my document in the context in which it should be viewed which was a marketing study on how the 'village' could be both revitalized and protected and yes this could also include political organization. Not unlike what the CVS group does now and in particular the town warrant article 28 pages 52-59 and in which they have successfully convinced the FinCom to support it 7-0. Not a trivial task by any means.

    The ability for any group in Wayland, whether organized by schools, bodies of water, businesses or even geographic boundaries is a right which is protected at the local, state and federal level. Some may feel uneasy about it, I understand this, but whether I like or dislike a particular group's positions, I would fight to defend its right to organize and exist. No one should deprive a future Cochituate Village the right to organize itself politically. My document does speak to that and I hereby acknowledge this. Some may feel this is divisive, I do not.

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    I appreciate that Steve acted as an intermediary for me while I was hurried in and out of that lab in California and had a brief conversation with him by cell phone on a parking lot.

    My comment to Steve about the political aspects of my marketing plan had to do with the fact that I did not want any group to organize itself in such a way that it would try to separate itself from Wayland proper. I did not make myself clear about that to him and wanted to clarify more when I got back.

    So after a fews days of thought and sleep I will tell you that there is no reason why any group should not have the right to organize and advocate. If somebody believes that CVS Cochituate doesn't have that right then I won't be the one to tell them that.
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    In summary,
    -- Saying that I wish to split Wayland is divisive stating a falsehood
    -- Saying that I want a different Post Office for Cochituate Village is also divisive and a falsehood
    -- When I was your selectman I was a selectman for the whole town and that is what I would be doing going forward. So please have no fear on this.

    And propagating any of these falsehoods would be propagating lies about me and I do not deserve that.

    Wayland is a whole town composed of various types of people, of different backgrounds and of different means. The Village of Cochituate is proudly displayed on the Loker green and the concept of the Village is a residential, business, tourist and scenic asset to the entire town. What is good for the village is good for Wayland. I recognize this and we should all recognize this.

    Respectfully, Alan Reiss

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    UPDATE: A friend forwarded me an archive article of John McEnroy who was nicknamed as the 'Mayor of Cochituate
    Village' and although he was not actually a mayor, he was in Wayland politics and was dubbed with this nickname as
    such. This is an example of a 'Ceremonial' Mayor - a figure head - a village elder - a spokesperson etc...
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    `MAYOR OF COCHITUATE' REMEMBERED FONDLY
    Article from:The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) Article date:August 4, 2002 Author:Bryan K. Marquard, Globe Staff More

    WAYLAND - Given the slightest encouragement, John McEnroy would delineate the boundaries of Cochituate Village. His friends, though, might argue that it was Mr. McEnroy who defined the village, just as it defined his political career and, in many ways, his life.

    After Mr. McEnroy died July 23 at 89, he was buried, as he lived, in Cochituate.

    The village, which makes up the southern tip of Wayland, was his passion through a career in local government that spanned three decades. Even during his last months in a nursing home, it was his favorite topic.

    "As long as he was able to talk, he liked to talk politics," said Harry C. Stewart Jr., Mr. McEnroy's grandson
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    Last edited by AlanJReiss; 03-29-2009 at 10:57 AM. Reason: Inclusion of an actual 'Ceremonial' Mayor of Cochituate Village

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    Default Several concerns

    This is an excellent discussion. I was mildly horrified when I read Mr. Reiss's document at the recent Candidate Night and appreciate this opportunity to participate in this discussion.

    First - I live in "North Wayland" but never supported the CVS proposal. I was ready to work with my other Wayland citizens to make sure the character of our town was not destroyed by encroachment of “Rt 9 type” signage, tearing down of quaint buildings etc. My family lives in a town called Wayland and we care deeply about what happens on both sides of a questionable boundary. Our town is and continues to be enriched by the unique character of Cochituate Village. These discussions seem to suggest that if we live in "North" Wayland we don't care what happens in other parts of town. That is definitely not true for most of us.

    But I also think Mr. Reiss goes to far. Two key concerns.

    1) What are our priorities - I have attended several events around the school budget recently and the talk is all about things like how can we give our teachers (those people working very hard to make sure our children are well educated) a whooping 3 1/2% pay raise on their already small salaries. Why is it "tough economic times" when we are talking about our schools and kid's education but easy to ask the businesses and residents of "The Village of Cochituate" to pay for new business cards, stationary, signs, solar panels etc? I am curious about Mr. Reiss's priorities here.

    2) Government censorship - What the heck does this mean - "When people say Cochituate, they should be gently reminded that its the ‘Village of...’." Your kidding right? Or this one "Our schools can be encouraged to put on plays chronicling the history of our village and of Wayland." Or finally "The Town Crier can be adopted as the Village’s official newspaper and this can help to forge an important synergy.". I thought it was called the "Wayland" Town Crier.

    This document is definitely divisive - a very strong example of such. As some one from the "other side of the tracks" I support Wayland as a whole town and our Cochituate Village as an important part of that town. Please don't tear this town into two and destroy both parts.

    Liz Burns
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    Talking I will explain more

    Hi Liz,

    The document in question is a marketing plan requested by a group to revitalize the Village of Cochituate. The term Village of Cochituate is displayed boldly on a town fixture on the Loker Green so this term is recognized by Wayland as being internal to Wayland and a part of Wayland.

    The marketing plan to revitalize the village included many aspects that could be considered. All of them were offered as suggestions to a fledgling group which will most probably grow as the years go by. Some had to do with stationary as a personal choice, upkeep of signs, displaying old pictures in stores (something that many business's do now in other places in Wayland) and to revitalize the history of the village and Wayland and as a part of Wayland through school activities and plays. All very legitimate things to do.

    In fact, the history of the northern portions of Wayland are equally as fasinating. Just one tidbit has to do with a disagreement of a farmer landowner who did not want is property in Sudbury to become part of East Sudbury (now Wayland) and convinced the Selectman of that day to maintain his borders in Sudbury. Today that 'polyp' like border juts into Wayland proper and (unfortunately) is now called the Sudbury and Wayland landfill's. There is so much more and any part of Wayland can and should reach back to its history. These can also be done via school activities.

    My priority is Wayland PERIOD... and thats why I volunteer, spend my money, my time and help all who ask me for help. Including the CVS Cochituate group who has very large concerns about the preservation of their neighborhood and their way of life.

    My priority was to help Wayland increase its tax intake by putting 100's of hours in endless meetings on zoning, planning, BoS, conservation, wastewater and negotiation with the town center principals in the developer's agreement.

    My priority was to help all citizens in Wayland by avoiding a federal lawsuit which was going to force us to put a private cell tower in an undesirable location on RT20 which would only accommodate one carrier and provide no income for the town. I fought hard and worked hard to analyze and justify a location on Reeves Hill which had 5 telecom carriers thereby avoiding additional towers and built on water department land thereby providing an additional revenue stream to the entire town.

    My priority was to help all neighborhood streets in association with town center traffic like Glezen and Bow by considering their solution sets and asking for logical rollouts of these solutions so that their solutions would fit the cycle and not spill into other streets because its just one big inter-connected maze.

    My priority was to help take into inventory, upgrade and propel into the future, the Nike Site restoration project and to provide 48 units of quality affordable housing within our borders in Northern Wayland.

    My priority was to intercede and educate people on zone one and zone two water radii around town well assets for both our Northern and Southern wells.

    My priority was to maintain an excellent public safety and ambulance capability such that both RT20 and Cochituate Fire Station 2 would be fully capable and have minimum response times for all geographic areas of Wayland.

    and much more....

    Liz, never be confused by my Wayland priorities.
    When I was a Wayland Selectman I was your Wayland Selectman.
    Whether I have your support or not this will always be true.

    But I hope you will reconsider me and ask your friends to do that too.

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    Thumbs up Doug Leard

    Hi all:

    I just thought I should forward to you the following piece of information realtive to everyones "over reaction" to Alan Reiss' comments regarding "Cochituate Village".
    Many of Wayland's older residents knew of a former "ceremonial" dignitary in Cochituate Village: the "Mayor of Cochituate" Mr. John McEnroy (former Wayland Selectman).
    'Ceremonial Mayors' of Cochituate have existed in the past and they never caused a separation from Wayland. Obviously Alan was never suggesting that "Cochituate Village" be the 352nd city/town in the Commonwealth.
    Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.

    Doug Leard




    Newspaper article from our research archive:
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    `MAYOR OF COCHITUATE' REMEMBERED FONDLY
    Article from:The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) Article date:August 4, 2002 Author:Bryan K. Marquard, Globe Staff More results for: "mayor of cochituate" |Copyright information
    WAYLAND - Given the slightest encouragement, John McEnroy would delineate the boundaries of Cochituate Village. His friends, though, might argue that it was Mr. McEnroy who defined the village, just as it defined his political career and, in many ways, his life.

    After Mr. McEnroy died July 23 at 89, he was buried, as he lived, in Cochituate.

    The village, which makes up the southern tip of Wayland, was his passion through a career in local government that spanned three decades. Even during his last months in a nursing home, it was his favorite topic.

    "As long as he was able to talk, he liked to talk politics," said....

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    As for ceremonial posts, let's not forget our Fence Viewers, Field Drivers, Measurers of Wood and Bark, and Surveyors of Lumber. Hearing Moderator Peter Gossels announce these positions at Town Meeting each year never fails to put a smile on my face.

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    Default Architectural Preservation District

    By Passing Articles 28 (4/13) and 6 (4/15) at the 2009 Wayland Annual Town Meeting, I believe Cochituate could be protected from "Wal-Marts" and other construction that could change (ruin) the flavor of Cochituate.

    In the obit of the last "ceremonial mayor", Cochituate is described as the "southern tip" of Wayland. It is not the southern half of Wayland. There is a map in the Warrant that describes what the definition of Cochituate would be. (page 57)

    I don't know about you, but one of the selling points for me in moving to Wayland was the Starbucks - pathetic, but true; and I still frequent it (1.7 miles from my house). I say Wayland has much to offer: the village of Cochituate, Dudley Pond and the more rural/suburban part of it.

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    Note the even smaller "Cochituate Architectural Preservation District" on page 114 of the 2009 ATM Warrant (relating to Article 6). I note with some amusement that my property is included, but not that of my next door neighbor to the East. In fact, there are a number of contiguous properties that are for some unknown reason not included. I wonder how one gets exempted?

    Actually, my reaction should probably not be amusement, but rather, trepidation, as Article 6 likely makes it more difficult to modify my property. I note with some interest that the Finance Committee voted unanimously AGAINST approving this article.

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    To Gretchen, Jeff Horan and Pauline: I appreciate the context for the document you have provided. And Alan, I appreciate the time and effort (and good ideas) you have contributed to respond to the questions from the CVS group. I also appreciate the care and concern you have for the town.

    That said... Alan, I do not believe the "Ceremonial Mayor" part of your piece is what has attracted so much concern among people. I also don't think people would object to much of your thought piece, which has some nice ideas for Cochituate.

    It is the part in which you suggest organizing and assert "control[ing] the agenda of Wayland" that has me concerned. I cannot imagine a scenario in which half of the population organized to control the agenda, and the other half sat back and watched. And I shudder to imagine the scenario in which the two geographic halves of the town do such organizing and try to do agenda control.

    No one would suggest that residents not work to protect the town or neighborhood in which live. And no one would suggest that members have no right to organize as you have described.

    The real question is not whether there is a right to organize as you have described -- of course there is. The real question is whether it is appropriate and should be encouraged. And I think the answer is that of course it is not.

    I like Wayland working together as a whole, and think the idea of a geographically based PAC is very bad for Wayland.

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    Let me say at the outset that I'm all for geographic pride. I take pride in being a member of my neighborhood, Cochituate, Wayland, Massachusetts, the United States, ...

    When I first joined the School Committee in 2000, I learned that the PTOs had spent the prior decade developing a "One Wayland" philosophy that cast aside the old north/south "split."

    Not only did they espouse this philosophy in words, they did so with the formula they used to disperse raised funds. Regardless of the geographic SOURCE of these funds, they allocated them out to the three elementary schools on a 40%/30%/30% basis (CH/HH/LO) reflective of costs incurred by pupil population and building size.

    I found myself inspired by the PTO work to achieve "One Wayland" and encourage that as a continuing guiding approach for all Waylanders going forward.

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