The Tree Warden will hold a public hearing regarding proposed public shade tree removals on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Click here to view the official Public Hearing Notice.

The Tree Warden and Planning Board will also be holding a public hearing on proposed tree removals located on scenic roads on Thursday September 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  Click here to view that official Public Hearing Notice.

If you have concerns or questions about any of the proposed removals, please contact the DPW Office at 978-468-5520 ext. 6.  Any person objecting to the removal of a tree must make their objection in writing at or prior to the Public Hearing. 

This past spring, a comprehensive assessment of the public shade trees on the Town's major roads was completed, with more than 100 trees being recommended for removal due to their deteriorated condition.  As a result, the Town has begun to take a systematic approach to address this public safety issue over the next several years.  Click here for a listing of all proposed tree removals planned to take place this year.

The Town has also appropriated $10,000 in funding to commence a street tree planting program this year.

Pleasant Pond will be open to swimming tomorrow, Friday, August 17th. Thank you for your patience! 

Visit the 375th Anniversary page for more information on the Parade and Community Day on September 8, 2018 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.  
Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Citizens Leadership Academy. The Academy is held on Thursdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Fall 2018 sessions will start on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  The Academy will conclude regular sessions on Thursday, November 29th and will end on Wednesday, December 5th with a special event. Register via email with Jackie at or in Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall.  

Click here for the Fall 2018 Schedule!

In addition to the new veterans assistance fund, residents will also be given the option to donate to several other, previously established, funds on next month's tax bills. At Spring 2004 Town Meeting, residents approved local options M.G.L. Chapter 60 Section 3C and Section 3D. In doing so, they created a scholarship fund, an educational fund, and an elderly & disabled fund. For several years thereafter, residents were given the option on their tax bills to donate to these various funds, but that practice has been discontinued for a number of years.

Now that the Town is starting to once again give residents the opportunity to contribute to these various funds, the Board of Selectmen will appoint residents to each of these committees so that they can appropriately allocate funds that are collected through this process.

Please submit letters of interest by August 31, 2018 to the Town Administrator's Office at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street or via email to

The Board of Selectmen is requesting letters of interest for openings on various appointed boards and committees including: 

Community Preservation Committee
Conservation Commission
Educational Fund Committee
Elderly & Disabled Relief Committees
Hamilton-Wenham Community Access & Media
Scholarship Fund Committee
Water Commission Vacancy

Please click the Volunteer Opportunities link to access committee descriptions.  Letters of interest may be directed to the Board of Selectmen at  Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x 2 with any questions.  

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

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for all Wenham and Hamilton residents will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9am - 12pm at the Hamilton DPW Yard, 577 Bay Road.  Please click the link below for the complete list of accepted items and fees.  Checks made payable o the Town of Hamilton will be the only form of payment accepted. 

Household Hazardous Waste Accepted Items 
Please visit our Job Openings page for information on several job opportunities with the Town of Wenham.  Select a link below to access each job posting and job description including instructions for resume submittal.  

Internship Opportunity
The Wenham Affordable Housing Trust and Board of Selectmen held their Affordable Housing Trust Action Plan Presentation on Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm in the Selectmen's Room at Wenham Town Hall.  Click the following link to download the Action Plan presented by Consultant Jennifer Goldson and adopted by the Affordable Housing Trust.  The recorded meeting is available at

Due to low flows in the Ipswich River, the Town of Wenham through its Board of Water Commissioners, hereby declare a Mandatory Water Ban effective June 18, 2018. Flows in the Ipswich River have fallen below the minimum level deemed necessary by MassDEP to sustain a healthy watershed.

Except for uses which are required for health or safety reasons; by regulation, for the production of food and fiber; for maintenance of livestock; to meet the core functions of a business; 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 by hose or bucket. THIS BAN INCLUDES WATER FROM PRIVATE WELLS.

Violators of this order shall be subject to fines of up to $100 for each offense, per Chapter XXI of the Town of Wenham Bylaws.

This spring, Town Meeting voted to adopt MGL Ch. 60, Sec 3F. This local acceptance statute established a new veterans assistance account that will be funded by donations from residents on their tax bill.  Next month’s tax bill will include the option for residents to donate to this assistance program. 

The Board of Selectmen sought to offer this local program since very few Wenham residents able to take advantage of the state’s Chapter 115 program over the years due to very restrictive eligibility standards.

The Wenham Veterans Ccommittee, working with our District Veterans Service Officer, will oversee the distribution of these funds to wenham veterans who apply for assistance with food, transportation, and heating bills.

The town also offers several other local tax benefits to veterans that town meeting has adopted in the past few years.  

Pleasant Pond will be open daily at 10:00am throughout the summer.  Pleasant Pond Stickers will be available starting May 1st for Hamilton and Wenham residents to 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 information, including Pleasant Pond Parking Sticker Regulations and a Sticker Application, visit the Pleasant Pond Beach page.  

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.  

Check out our current Town of Wenham Photo Gallery by clicking the link.  

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

A free, convenient curbside textiles collection program is available to all Wenham residents through Simple Recycling.  Pick-up of the pink Simply Recycling collection bags occurs on a weekly basis on the same schedule as Wenham’s regular trash, recycling and organics collection day.  

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*.
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.