The schedule for our 2018 Warrant Hearing, WVIS Luncheon, Annual Town Meeting, and Annual Town Election is listed below.  All residents are encouraged to attend.  We hope to see you there! 

  • Warrant Hearing, Buker Elementary Multi-Purpose Room - Monday, April 2nd, 7:00pm
  • WVIS Luncheon, Buker Elementary Multi-Purpose Room - Saturday, April 7th, 12:00pm
  • Annual Town Meeting, Buker Elementary Perkins Auditorium - Saturday, April 7th, 1:00pm
  • Annual Town Elections, Town Hall Selectmen's Room - Thursday, April 12th, 7:00am - 8:00pm
Click the link to access the online version of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting.  All Warrant Books will be delivered to residents March 30th-31st.  

Please note that the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School National Honor Society is offering childcare for a nominal fee during the Annual Town Meeting.  Click the link to access more information and the online sign up:  NHS Annual Town Meeting Childcare

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting in April, please join the Finance & Advisory Committee for their Community Budget Forum, Thursday, March 22 at 7pm at Town Hall as they offer residents answers to the following questions:

  • What is the Town’s budget process?
  • What are the Town’s major expense drivers?
  • What are we doing to prioritize and address our capital needs?
  • Why are we facing a school operating override next year?
  • What are the tax implications of next year’s budget?
Click the link to access the Warrant for our Annual Town Meeting on April 2nd.
The League of Women Voters of Hamilton Wenham invite you to Candidates' Night, Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00pm in the Bessie Buker Elementary Multi-Purpose Room.  Contact the League of Women Voters for more information:

As your Town Administrator, one of my primary goals has been to provide residents with regular updates about timely issues that impact our community.  Follow the link below to my current report and archives of previous reports.
Town Administrator's Reports:  2018
Town Administrator's Reports: Archives

Beginning Wednesday March 21, 2018, the Wenham Fire Department will be providing Basic Life Support (BLS) Emergency Medical Services to our residents.  This change in providers is not expected to have any impact on the level of service that our residents can expect to receive when they call 911 for a medical emergency.  After an extensive internal evaluation process, the Town approved moving forward with this one-year pilot program several months ago and the Fire Department has secured all necessary approvals, updated its protocols, and completed staff training in order to properly implement this service.  Cataldo Ambulance will continue to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) services and will be available to back-up Wenham Fire on all BLS calls.  Please contact Acting Fire Chief, Stephen Kavanagh, with any questions.

Storm debris (BRUSH ONLY) drop off for Wenham residents has been extended and will be accepted through March 19, 2018 at the following locations:
                                         Pingree Park
                                         West Wenham Playground
                                         Iron Rail Parking Lot

Visit the 375th Anniversary page for more information on this and other events surrounding Wenham's 375th celebration.  While you're there, check out the History Pages where 375th Anniversary Committee member Bob Hicks shares bi-monthly articles about life in Wenham during the World War II era.  
Health Counts 2018, a new program brought to you by the Board of Health and the Public Health Nurse, will be in progress March 1 through March 31. Click HERE to download the Health Counts 2018 calendar which includes a variety of activities that promote physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Residents can choose one of the listed activities every day to complete. The goal is to help residents build healthy habits, recognize the many facets of health, and participate in an activity that is fun and open to all ages. For more information including an interactive calendar, check out the Board of Health website.

We have a new emergency notification system in Wenham called Essex Regional 911 Alerts (Swift911) offered through the Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center.

Contact information for all residents who were previously registered with Blackboard Connect has been transferred through Essex Regional Alerts to the Swift911 Portal; however, we encourage all residents to create an account in Swift911 to confirm or update contact information and take advantage of enhanced features such as receipt of communications via text or email. 

Click the link for more information and registration with Essex Regional 911 Alerts, and contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x2 or with questions. 

The Board of Selectmen is requesting photos of Town buildings, open spaces, recreational areas and any scenic Wenham views, past and present, to be included in various Town publications and on the Town website. Click HERE for more information.  

We have one hundred 64 gallon recycling carts available for Wenham residents to purchase at a price of $40.00 (limit 1 per household).  Please complete the order form, detach and submit along with a check payable to the Town of Wenham in the amount of $40.00.  Hand deliver or mail to the: 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

Wenham Police Chief Thomas Perkins announced the annual winter parking ban which according to Town Bylaws restricts overnight parking between midnight and 6 a.m. from November 15, 2017 - March 31, 2018.   

Wenham Police will begin issuing warnings in order encourage compliance with the parking ban but warn residents that vehicles may be towed at the owner's expense if they are obstructing snow removal efforts, at the request of the DPW.  For more information, contact the WPD at 978-468-4000.

Starting Monday, November 13, Wenham residents will have a free, convenient curbside textiles collection program through Simple Recycling.  Pick-up will occur on a weekly basis on the same schedule as Wenham’s regular trash, recycling and organics collection day.  

Residents should have received informational mailers from Simple Recycling including an introduction to the program and their first pink collection bag. 

Click HERE for more information on the program in Wenham including a full list of accepted items. Visit or contact them at 1-866-835-5068.

In September 2016, the Town submitted an application for grant funding through MassDEP’s Sustainable Water Management Initiative in conjunction with the Massachusetts Water Works Association and several other area communities, including Danvers, Middleton, Topsfield, Hamilton, and the Lynnfield Water District.  In January 2017, the project was awarded $103,940 in funding to collect and share data and explore potential regional solutions to address our collective water resource constraints.  The resulting *report* was recently completed.  Here is a *link* to the press release.  This project represents an important step forward, with several municipalities in the Ipswich River basin now embracing a coordinated approach to systematically assessing our current challenges and identifying some potential long-term solutions that don’t solely rely on enhanced conservation practices. 

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*.
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, April 3, 2018
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
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
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.