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:  2017
Town Administrator's Reports: Archives

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. 

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, including the recently added Police Department Profile, 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. 

The Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council (HWCC) is currently accepting applications for grant funding to support community based arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects and activities benefiting residents of Hamilton and Wenham.  Funding is provided by the state and allocated to local councils by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).  Grant decisions are subject to final approval by the MCC.

Visit the HWCC website: for more information on grant eligibility, a list of requirements and access to the application portal.  Applications must be submitted by Monday, October 16, 2017.
2018 marks the Town's both Anniversary since our original incorporation in 1643.  Our 375th Anniversary Committee recently announced their working calendar of events surrounding this important celebration of Wenham history.  Join the celebration by entering their T-Shirt Design Contest with design submissions due by October 10, 2017.  Click the links below for more information, and we look forward to celebrating with you.

375th Anniversary Calendar of Events
375th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Contest
The gate at Pleasant Pond will remain open; however, there will be no lifeguard staffing at the beach after Labor Day.  Swimming is at your own risk. 
Registration is open for the 2nd Annual Citizens' Leadership Academy.  This 10 week program begins September 27th with all sessions held on Wednesdays from 6:30pm  - 8:00pm.  A variety of Town Staff, Elected Officials and Appointed Officials will offer presentations on the day to day operation of the Town including visits to Town Hall, the Fire Station, Police Station, Council on Aging and H-W Public Library. 

Click *HERE* to access registration information and the full schedule on our Citizen's Leadership Academy page. We hope to see you on Septembter 27th!
Due to low flows in the Ipswich River and in order to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requirements, the Town of Wenham through its Board of Water Commissioners, hereby declare a Mandatory Water Ban, effective August 10, 2017. Flows in the Ipswich River have fallen below the minimum level deemed necessary to sustain a healthy watershed.  Click *HERE* for the official notice from the Water Department.

All nonessential outdoor watering, including but not limited to the use of water for irrigation or automobile and property washing is prohibited. Hand watering is allowed from 5 pm to 9 am daily. This ban includes water from private wells. We would like to thank all residents for their understanding and cooperation. 

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 web site 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:
Cherry Street and Monument Street

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. 

Registrations for Summer Pool 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. 

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 or 978-356-3915.  Your DD Form 214 is Required. 

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*.

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, October 3, 2017
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.