Phyllis Theermann

                                                 

If you missed the Conversations with the Candidates and Community Dinner on Sunday, don’t worry. We have you covered.

{You did miss a fun and enlightening evening though}

Click on the Board name below to read the thoughtful responses most candidates offered to Sustainable Wellesley’s questions.

Since many of the races are contested, knowing what the candidates value will help you when you go to vote.

After reading them, share your thoughts with family, friends and neighbors.

**Make sure you have time on your calendar on Tuesday, March 5th to vote or get an absentee ballot from Town Hall. Absentee requests may be filed up until noon the day prior, but if you require the ballot to be mailed out of Wellesley please allow sufficient time for mailing in both directions (generally allow 10 mailing days for a ballot to go out of Wellesley and be returned).

Moderator
Selectmen – contested
Assessors
Board of Health – contested
Housing Authority
Library Trustees 
Natural Resources Commission – contested
Planning Board –contested
Dept. of Public Works
Recreation Department – contested
School Committee

Phyllis Theermann

o            If you care about our town, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO RUN! You can run for any Board, whether you have previously served in town government or not, and whether or not someone else is running! Deadline is January 17th so head over to Town Clerk’s office soon. More details here.

There are many important issues that will be decided or voted on by Boards and by Town Meeting in the months to come. Be part of it, including the fate of the North 40; the closing or renovation of Hunnewell, Hardy, and Upham schools; a new private sports facility at 900 Worcester Street; our town’s commitment to renewable energy; and countless others.

o            For only $3 a month the typical Wellesley home can receive 10% of its energy from renewable energy. That is a really simple way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. WELLESLEY’S POWER TO CHOOSE PROGRAM enables residents like YOU to pay a small premium to purchase 10%, 25%, 50% or 100% of your power from regional renewable sources (such as the Spruce Mountain Wind Farm in Maine).

More than 10% of Wellesley residents already participate in this program, making us 3rd in the US in 2014 for voluntary renewable energy participation. However, approximately 200 new households could move Wellesley up to 2nd place! Learn more and sign up here.

o            In Wellesley, so many decisions will be based on the UPCOMING UNIFIED PLAN. Lets show how strong our sustainability constituency is by letting the Planning Board know what the community — us — wants! Upcoming meeting dates here.

o            Go BEHIND THE SCENES to learn about the design and construction of a net zero energy home that will produce as much energy annually as it consumes. Check out a home that will achieve exceptional energy performance, healthy indoor air quality, superior thermal comfort, and long term durability.

While the home is under construction, you will get the unique perspective of seeing the building and systems while the walls are still open for viewing, plus a short explanatory presentation by the experts. Details here.

o            SCHOOL GARDENS event on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. Have one? Want one? Learn more at this free event by John Forti, Director of Horticulture at Elm Bank. Be there by 10.30 in The Parkman Room at Elm Bank.

o            REMINDER: BRING YOUR BAGS!

The town’s new bag bylaw kicks in this month, plus its the waste reduction and energy/cost savings thing to do. Simply move those re-usable bags you have to the front seat of your car, or the basket on your bike so you don’t forget them.

o            Don’t miss the next Wellesley GREEN COLLABORATIVE MEETING this Wednesday, January 11 from 9:15 to 11 am, in the Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room. Topics include the Historical Commission’s proposed demolition delay; WasteWise Wellesley campaign; NRC eco-landscaping initiative, Grow Green Wellesley; and WHS student presentations on community projects.

Phyllis Theermann

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One of the ways you can make a huge impact in our community is by running for a seat on an elected town board or in Town Meeting. Town elections will be held on March 7, 2017; all you have to do is gather some signatures to have your name appear on the ballot. Nomination forms for signatures are available at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall.

The Wellesley League of Women Voters is having a meeting on “How to Run for Town Office,” Wednesday, January 11, at 7 pm (location to be determined – check http://www.lwvwellesley.org).

There are 10 elected town boards and two elected offices in Wellesley:
Board of Assessors
Board of Health
Board of Public Works
Board of Selectmen
Housing Authority
Library Trustees
Moderator
Natural Resources Commission
Planning Board
Recreation Commission
School Committee
Town Clerk

If you are interested in running, nomination forms are available on December 8th and due on January 18. You will need 50 signatures of Wellesley residents.

Running for Town Meeting is another option. One-third of the 240 Town Meeting Members are elected each year – 10 from each of the 8 precincts. Nomination forms are available on December 8th and due on February 1st. You will need 10 signatures from the residents in your precinct. Annual Town Meeting is held in the spring and decides some of the most important issues in the town, including amendments to town bylaws and appropriations to town departments.

Make your voice heard in Wellesley town government!