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    Default WVN demonstrates again that it's the Fox News of Wayland

    For some reason, the Wayland Voters Network--the Fox News of Wayland--saw fit to send the message below not just once, but twice. The first time, they titled it "Administrator search/Town Meeting articles." The second time, they titled it "REPEAT." "RECALL" would have been more appropriate.

    For what it's worth, I debated adding my comments to Kim's thread, but I opted for a new one with a title more reflective of WVN's poor behavior. I won't repeat Kim's excellent points, most notably why WaylandeNews does not link to WVN pieces.

    Quote Originally Posted by WVN
    Dear Wayland Voter,

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    SELECTMEN PREPARE SEARCH FOR NEW ADMINISTRATOR

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    [Selectman] Correia said the termination could cost the town $250,000. [Selectman] Boschetto countered that there were ramifications to any method of replacing [Former Town Administrator Fred] Turkington. No alternative scenario was laid out in detail, but Turkington’s contract would have allowed him to resign in March if his contract was not renewed and then receive an additional six months of salary and benefits. The termination without cause gives Turkington a full year of compensation. Turkington isn’t here for the transition; there are varying opinions about the value of an employee who may have little incentive to do anything except look for another job.
    I was interested to hear George Harris point out at the 9/16 BOS meeting that the two financial options were:
    a. Terminate the TA immediately and pay a full-year's compensation for no work done
    b. Terminate the TA thoughtfully and pay a half-year's compensation for no work done

    WVN reiterates that point here. It does not take any particular acumen to see which would have been the more prudent fiscal path. As to the TA's performance during the final six months of his contract, there's no reason to suggest that the TA would do anything other than continue his strong work.

    Quote Originally Posted by WVN
    Finally, the selectmen agreed 5-0 to pay Acting Town Administrator John Senchyshyn a salary equivalent to Turkington’s as long as he is in that role. Since Senchyshyn’s permanent job is Assistant Town Administrator/Human Resources director, and he acknowledged that the additional role is a juggling act, the selectmen agreed to look into hiring an interim employee to ease the burden. The current interim principal at the high school is an example of that.
    The current interim Principal at Wayland High School is NOT a relevant example. At the HS, we are paying one salary for one job. At the Town Building, we are paying two salaries for one job.

    Quote Originally Posted by WVN
    OML Confrontation

    The loudest voice of the evening was that of Kim Reichelt, ...

    Still, Reichelt gave her presentation. Since she received virtually no response from the three, she resembled a strident prosecutor delivering an opening argument. The offenses she alleges -- insufficient detail in the agenda item that led to the termination and discussing matters not in the agenda -- were “egregious,” She accused the selectmen of “hiding” in an executive session with special counsel.
    It's not at all clear why WVN finds it appropriate to insert the unflattering word "strident" (Merriam-Webster: sounding harsh and unpleasant) in its "news" piece.

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    A bit more ...

    Quote Originally Posted by WVN
    The comments added no new information for the public to consider.
    That's a curious assertion. None other than George Harris made one of the best points yet in favor of NOT terminating the TA. Here's a link to the WayCAM video of the 9/16 BOS meeting.

    Mr. Harris spoke at the 01:25:50 mark, pointing out (unintentionally) that there was another option: instead of terminating the TA position immediately and paying a full-year's compensation for ZERO work, the BO3 could have given notice of termination in March of 2014 such that we would have paid a half-year's compensation for a half-year's work.

    Quote Originally Posted by WVN
    When the Board got down to business after public comment, some residents stayed, occasionally breaking decorum with snickering and loud hostile comments. This was reminiscent of supporters of the Town Center project years ago who heckled those who disagreed with them.
    Oddly, WVN chose not to highlight the MOST hostile comment of the evening--Selectman Ed Collins' assertion (at the 01:31:20 mark on the video) that the previous public comments (presumably, including those of Mr. Harris) were "so much nonsense."

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