The Results are in!

Wellesley Townsman, March 15, 2016

Voters Tuesday rejected the proposed shift to a Town Manager form of government that would have overhauled Wellesley Town Hall power structure, consolidating authority and installing a leader who would have overseen the development of the town’s budget and evaluation of town employees.

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Concerns About the Future of the Library

Amanda Henshon–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“A risky scheme like the one proposed might make sense if Wellesley were a struggling municipality – or perhaps if the Library were lacking.  It is not.  Are we prepared to take a chance on this new plan that is as extreme as any adopted in Massachusetts?”  

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Commentary: A fundamental, unnecessary and damaging change

Heather Sawitsky–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“Do we want to structure our government like a corporation? We should be recognized for what we are: citizens who pay the taxes and are entitled to receive town services. We are not customers who can buy town products elsewhere if we are unhappy with what Wellesley provides. Further, we are not all looking for the same basket of services.”

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Editor’s Note: Ms. Sawitsky is a former Moderator and Advisory Chair.

More Library Concerns

Deirdre Hearn–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“Library trustees in the vast majority of Massachusetts towns hire and manage the library director, not the town manager…..The TGSC never reported this fact to Town Meeting, and they acknowledged, upon questioning, that they never even discussed this issue in all their interviews with other town managers.

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Thorough, Transparent and Inclusive Make Wellesley’s “Secret Formula”

Suzy Littlefield–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“Those who are concerned about upcoming decisions on the Hardy/Hunnewell/Upham Schools and uses for the North 40 should be especially concerned about the authority given to the Town Manager under the Special Act”.

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