The Town is requesting Consultant proposals for assistance in the preparation of an update to the 2001 Wenham Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) pursuant to the requirements of the Division of Conservation Services (DCS) within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA).  For more information, follow the link to our Open Space and Recreation Committee page:  OSRP RFP

As your Town Administrator, one of my primary goals has been to provide residents with regular updates about timely issues that impact our community.  Please click *here* to read my latest update as presented to the Board of Selectmen.  Click *here* to access archives of my previous reports.

Through grant funding from MassDEP, 64 gallon recycling carts are available for Wenham residents to order at cost for a price of $40.00 (limit 1 per household).  A minimum of 54 carts must be ordered by June 9th for Wenham to apply for available grant funding.  If the minimum order is met, carts will be delivered to residents by the Wenham DPW in October.

To pre-order a cart, click *HERE*.  Please complete the order form at the bottom of the page, detach and submit along with a check payable to the Town of Wenham in the amount of $40.00.  Hand deliver or mail for receipt by Friday, June 30th to: Town Clerk’s Office, Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984.  Questions may directed to the Town Clerk at 978-468-5520 x1 or dbucco@wenhamma.gov

In order to meet the federally mandated implementation of Commuter Rail Positive Train Control (PTC), MassDOT will be suspending weekend service on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line from July 8th through September 30th of 2017.  Replacement of the Beverly Swing Bridge will also take place during this time period with a complete shutdown of the rail line north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station for 28 days from July 17th through August 13th.  

Statement received from MassDOT on June 20, 2017:
During the Beverly Drawbridge reconstruction, scheduled for weekdays from July 17 to August 13, the MBTA will provide bus shuttle service to all stations north of Salem. 

During the Positive Train Control installation on the Newburyport/Rockport Line, scheduled for weekends beginning July 8 and ending September 30, the MBTA will provide bus shuttle service from North Station to all stations on the Newburyport/Rockport Line including Chelsea, Lynn and Swampscott Stations. 

Revised schedules are not yet available for weekend or weekday service. They are under development and will be released next week. 

Customers are urged not to park in Salem, as station parking is limited.  Parking regulations will be strictly enforced in downtown and neighborhood areas. 

Click the links below for additional information previously received from MassDOT.
Press Release from MBTA - June 5, 2017
Weekday Alternate Transportation Options
Weekend Alternate Transportation Options

The Board of Assessors has hired Robert Brindle to provide measurement and data verification on improved parcels across town.  Mr. Brindle will be personally visiting all involved residences as part of his inspection and assessment process.  The website will be updated weekly to list the specific streets where Mr. Brindle will be inspecting.  Click *HERE* to view the photo included on Mr. Brindle's Town of Wenham identification tag. 

Current Project Phase as of May 23rd:
Burley Street, Birch Road, Cherry Street east to Pleasant Street including Kimball Road, Morgan Street, Eaton Road, Regwill Avenue, and Stage Hill Road

Registrations for 2017 Summer Memberships are available to all Hamilton and Wenham residents.  All Pool Memberships must be purchased in person at the HW Recreation Department, 16 Union Street, Hamilton.  For a complete Summer 2017 information packet:  Veterans Memorial Pool 2017 Season Info

All Korean War Veterans who served between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 are eligible to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.  If you are Korean War Veteran or surviving spouse, please contact Karen Tyler, Veterans Services at ktyler@eessexvets.com or 978-356-3915.  Your DD Form 214 is Required. 

Let us know how you want to celebrate Wenham's 375th Anniversary! Wenham’s 375th Anniversary Committee is asking residents to submit feedback and ideas for events, activities, and more as they plan for the Town’s celebrations in 2018.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/townofwenham375

Pleasant Pond is open daily at 10:00am throughout the summer.  Pleasant Pond Stickers are available to Hamilton and Wenham residents for purchase at the Wenham Police Department or Town Clerk's Counter at Wenham Town Hall during regular business hours.  

The cost for parking stickers is $25/first sticker and $10/each additional sticker.  The cost for senior citizens 65 and over is $10/sticker.  For more details, you may access Pleasant Pond Parking Sticker Regulations and an Application by clicking the links below. 

Pleasant Pond Parking Sticker Regulations
Pleasant Pond Parking Sticker Application 
Description and Application Form: Click Here

Work-Off Program offers Wenham seniors aged 60+ the opportunity to earn an abatement on their real estate property tax bill.  The hourly wage is $11.00 and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $1500.

The positions available through this program are in various departments throughout the Town.  Job placements will likely be made with the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Finance Office, Town Permitting Office, Council on Aging, and the Hamilton Wenham Regional Library.  Attempts will be made to match the placement with the applicant’s interests and qualifications.
The new Veterans Property Tax Work-Off Program offers Wenham veterans the opportunity to earn an abatement on their real estate property tax bill.  The hourly wage is $11.00/hour and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $1,000.00.  For more information including a link to the program application, click *HERE*.
Effective May 1, 2017, in accordance with the Water Use Restriction By-law and in compliance with our withdrawal permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, no sprinklers are allowed between the hours of 9am and 5pm, hand watering is allowed. The mandatory water conservation is in effect from May 1 to September 30 and includes private wells. We would like to thank all residents for their understanding and cooperation.  Click *HERE* for the official notice from the Water Department.
Are you interested in a seasonal job or an internship with the Town?  Please click *HERE* for information on our current job openings.

To improve vehicle and pedestrian safety in our downtown, the Town recently received approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to create a parking lane that meets minimum state standards on the commercial side of Main Street (Route 1A) from Friend Court to Perkins Street.  To accommodate this wider parking lane, the shoulder on the residential side of Main Street in this corridor has been proportionally reduced.

Parking on the commercial side is limited to 2 hours between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.  The spaces directly in front of the post office are restricted to 15 minute parking only.  No parking is permitted on the residential side. 

Selectman Harrison's listening hour is held the first Tuesday of each month from September through June at 1:00 PM in the Selectmen Chambers on the first floor of Town Hall.  Residents are welcome to take this opportunity to speak to Catherine Harrison about all things Wenham.

Next Listening Hour:  Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Free compost is now available for Wenham residents.  For More Information
The Wenham Affordable Housing Trust has been working with Karen Sunnarborg Consulting on a current evaluation of housing needs in Wenham.  Karen presented findings to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on April 4, 2017.  Select the links below to access her presentation. 

Wenham Housing Needs Assessment PowerPoint - April 2017
Wenham Housing Needs Assessment Report - February 2017
Click *here* for a notice from the Wenham Cemetery Commission.

If you weren't able to attend our Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, April 1st, you'll find the full recorded meeting available through Video-On-Demand at HWCAM.org under the Government Access tab.

As part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to residents in new and different ways, the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle has published profiles of several Town Departments over the course of the previous year and half.  The Q&A sessions were designed to highlight the work that our employees do on a daily basis, to provide key contact information for residents, and to try to personalize your local government experience.  They also focus on the rewarding elements of our work, common challenges, channels for feedback, examples of interdepartmental cooperation, recent achievements, and goals going forward. 

Click *HERE* to access our Council on Aging Department Profile and follow this *LINK* to our Council on Aging webpage featuring The Wenhamite monthly newletters.
Have you used SeeClickFix, an application enabling citizen reporting of non-emergency concerns directly to Town staff, such as potholes and street or traffic light outages, while receiving status updates throughout the process until issues are resolved? 

Click HERE for more information about SeeClickFix and begin reporting quality-of-life issues in Wenham.

On December 7, 2016, in a regular meeting of the Wenham Water Commission, the Commission voted unanimously to add a new billing tier specifically for water use over 75,000 gallons per quarter. Beginning with the billing cycle in May 2017 (water used in February, March, and April), a new rate of $16.50 per 1,000 gallons will be applied to all water used above 75,000 gallons in that quarter. 

Click *here* for the official notice including a rate chart, from the Water Department. 

The Town has created a welcome packet  for new residents that will allow them to better understand and access various town services.  This document is meant as a resource to familiarize residents with what the town has to offer and was one of the Selectmen’s goals for this year to improve resident engagement.  Hard copies of the packet are available in Town Hall – this information is also posted on the About Wenham page.

The DPW Garage is now accepting unwanted clothing, shoes, fashion accessories, backpacks, blankets, linens, and stuffed animals for recycling. Complete list of accepted clothing and textiles.  Please place your bagged items in the receptacle provided at the DPW Garage.   
Cycle of Your Clothing Donation Flyer

DPW Garage
91 Grapevine Road
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
1st Saturday of each Month: 8:00am - 12:00pm

As part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to residents in new and different ways, the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle will be publishing monthly profiles of each of our Town Departments over the course of the next year. 

These Q&A sessions are designed to highlight the work that our employees do on a daily basis, to provide key contact information for residents, and to try to personalize your local government experience.  It will also focus on the rewarding elements of our work, common challenges, channels for feedback, examples of interdepartmental cooperation, recent achievements, and goals going forward.  

All profiles will be posted on the Department page of our website each month and should help answer some frequently asked questions about the local services we deliver.

Casella will always pickup your Trash, Recycling & Organics on the regular schedule (Calendar posted under the Department of Public Works page) unless there is a State of Emergency declared by Governor Baker or an unexpected emergency develops.  If either one of those occurs, expect your regularly scheduled pickup to be delayed one (1) day.  We will update the website if and when any new information becomes available. 

If you should have any questions please call the Wenham Department of Public Works @978-468-5520 X6 or the Town Administrator's Office @ 978-468-5520 X2.

Wenham residents are eligible to purchase a swim pass  good for 20 visits to the Bennett Center Pool at Gordon College through the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department located at 16 Union Street Hamilton.  The cost is $65.  The Recreation Departments hours of operation are Mondays 8am-7pm, Tuesdays - Thursdays 8am-4:30pm & Fridays 8am-1pm.  Please call the Rec Dept. at 978-468-2178 with any questions.