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.

Need for Change Exaggerated says Tom Frisardi

Thomas Frisardi–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

Why would residents who have the right to manage their own government yield a substantial part of this right to a single person, who is not even necessarily a resident of the town? Removing power from volunteer boards and committees reduces the value of serving on such a committee and will discourage citizen participation. Why would someone volunteer their time to basically act in a supporting role for someone who is earning $200,000 a year…


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The Myth about ‘The Map’: Another reason to vote no on Question 1

By Marcia Testa Simonson, M.P.H., M.Phil., Ph.D–Wellesley Townsman March 3.

It seemed that most of the audience believed the story this map was telling because in all its geographical sophistication and vivid colors, it just looked so convincing. However, neither the map, nor the story behind it, was an accurate portrayal of the real data.”

TGSC Map                                     Detailed Map

TGSC mapSWTG Map 4

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Globe West–Don McCauley on Reasons to Vote “NO”

Don McCauley–Boston Globe West  February 27, 2016

Wellesley resident, former member of the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the Advisory Committee

“Massachusetts permits a dizzying array of municipal structures with differing allocation of responsibilities among administrators, boards, staff, and citizens. No size fits all. There are probably 351 varieties, in a state with that many cities and towns. The task is to use the alternatives to make improvements and maintain strengths”.


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Commentary: Vote no on Special Act changing our form of government.

Originally Posted Feb. 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM  (Wellesley Townsman)


By Donald S. McCauley

On March 15, the residents of Wellesley will decide whether to approve a Special Act creating a selectmen/town manager form of government that will significantly concentrate authority in the hands of a single official, the town manager.

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Special Act – Impact on Wellesley’s Library Services

Read this well-researched background piece entitled “Special Act – Impact on Wellesley’s Library Services” about how the Special Act conflicts with Massachusetts General Laws, how it will cause problems and why it is bad for the Wellesley Free Library.
“The Board shall have the custody and management of the library and the reading room and all property owned by the town relating thereto. All money raised or appropriated by the town for its support and maintenance shall be expended by the board.”

                                                             MGL Chapter 78, Section 11

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Wellesley Board of Health Statement in Opposition to the Special Act Question

Read  this position paper entitled “WELLESLEY BOARD of HEALTH Statement in Opposition to the Special Act Question” on how the Special Act will impact public health, how it conflicts with Massachusetts General Laws, and how it separates the  the involvement of it residents from the public health services they receive.

Excerpts from this article

“The Special Act undermines the ability of the Board of Health to carry out its responsibilities and powers mandated under Massachusetts General Laws by stripping the Board of its direct management and supervision of the Health Department staff, who have traditionally served as its “health agents.”

“Since only the duly elected Board of Health has the jurisdictional authority as granted by the Commonwealth to enforce public health laws, the proposed town government plan leaves the Board with no health agent employees, and the Health Department employees with no jurisdictional authority.”

“A hired town manager with no public health knowledge, skills or aptitude should NOT be managing and supervising the Health Department.”

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Why library trustees to not support study committee’s recommendations

By Beth Sullivan Woods, Posted 10/29/15

The transfer of responsibility for hiring, supervision and firing of the library director from the library trustees to the town manager, effectively transfers supervision of the library to the town manager. This leaves the board with no way to ensure that its policy decisions and strategic plans will be carried out – that the best interests of the library users will be protected.”

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