The Board of Selectmen is creating a committee of up to 7 Wenham residents with a mission to perpetuate and support Veterans ceremonies, events, and other activities in the Town of Wenham.  The Veterans Committee will assist veterans and their families, as appropriate, in cooperation with other organizations and agencies. Click *HERE* for the complete Veterans Committee Draft Charge.

Residents interested in serving on the Veterans Committee should submit a letter of interest addressed to the Board of Selectmen at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 01984 or email to: nroebuck@wenhamma.gov by March 15, 2017. Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x. 2 with questions.

As your Town Administrator, a primary goal has been providing residents with regular updates about what our organization is doing to make your community a better place to live.  Please click *here* to read my latest update as presented to the Board of Selectmen.  Click *here* to access archives of my previous reports.

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.
The Wenham Fire Department is currently accepting applications for their Internship Program.  The 3 month program is designed to provide interested individuals an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, training and exposure to responding to emergency calls alongside experienced members of the Town's Fire Department.  Interns interested in a career with the Fire Department are able to learn various aspects of its operations and procedures as an introduction to service with the Department.  Click *here* for a complete description of the Internship Program.

Applicants must be 18 or older with a valid driver's license and live within a reasonable response time to Wenham.  Click *here* to access an application and contact the Wenham Fire Department at 978-468-5508 with questions.  Applications should be submitted to Chief Robert A. Blanchard, Wenham Fire Department, 140 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984 and are due by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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 Historical Commission has hired a consulting firm to assist with a survey of historic homes outside of the historic district.  Stacey Spies and Wendy Frontiero will be doing field work throughout town over the next few months. 

The week of February 6th - 10th, they anticipate surveying on Arbor Street, Monument Street, Perkins Street, and Porter Street.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x2.

2018 marks the Town's 375th Anniversary since our original incorporation in 1643.  The Board of Selectmen is creating a committee to undertake the work associated with event planning surrounding this important celebration of Wenham history.  Click *HERE* for the official 375th Anniversary Committee Charge.

Residents interested in serving on the 375th Anniversary Committee should submit a letter of interest addressed to the Board of Selectmen at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 01984 or email to: nroebuck@wenhamma.gov.  Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x. 2 with questions.

On Tuesday October 11, 2016, a Stop sign was installed heading westbound on Larch Row at the Four Corners intersection of Larch Row, Dodges Row, and Walnut Road, making it a full 4-way stop.  Please exercise caution when traveling through this intersection as drivers get accustomed to this new configuration.

This decision by the Board of Selectmen was based on recommendations from Town public safety officials and a recent traffic evaluation provided by Weston & Sampson.  At the end of a 2 month pilot period, the Town will evaluate the results before deciding if this new 4-way stop configuration will be permanent. 

The Wenham Council on Aging (COA) is launching a program called TouchTEAM (tablet engaged active minds) in partnership with Generation Connect and the Hamilton-Wenham Library as a community service project.

The Director of the Wenham COA, Jim Reynolds, is seeking volunteers who are both tech savvy and interested in serving people with memory loss and their caregivers. This program focuses on helping residents with dementia by strengthening personal connections and providing access to evolving technologies. 

Click *here* for more information from Generation Connect on TouchTEAM, including their free TouchTEAM eBook Download.

If you want to help initiate this new program and become mentors to others in the community or are interested in understanding more about the TouchTEAM approach, contact Jim Reynolds, Director of the Wenham Council on Aging at (978) 468-5529.

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
Earlier this year the Selectmen negotiated a Host Community Agreement with the Flynn family and the developer, Atlantic Tambone.  The terms of this agreement, including the 1st amendment to fully age restrict the development and the 2nd amendment to refine the development area, will apply to this project as it proceeds through the permitting process. 

The developers expect to submit project plans to the Conservation Commission and Planning Board in July with public hearings to follow.
Description and Application Form Click Here

The Senior Citizen Property Tax 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 $9.00 and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $1000.

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.

Selectman Harrison's listening hour is held the first Tuesday of the month from 1 PM to 2 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.

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.