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 will be proportionally reduced.

The Town anticipates restriping in this area will occur over one night at the end of April or beginning of May.

Once these changes are implemented, parking on the commercial side will be limited to 2 hours between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.  The spaces directly in front of the post office will be restricted to 15 minute parking only.  No parking will be permitted on the residential side. 

Please click *here* for more information.

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. 

This week they will be surveying in the following areas:
Arbor Street
Cherry Street
Dodges Row
Larch Row

If you have any questions, please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x2.

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.

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.

Town Hall will be closed in observation of Patriots Day on Monday, April 17, 2017.  Trash collection will be delayed by 1 day this week.
Free compost is now available for Wenham residents.  For More Information

We have been informed by MassDOT that in order to meet the federally mandated implemention of Commuter Rail Positive Train Control (PTC), weekend service on the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line will be suspended 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.  

Three public meetings are being held to provide information regarding the Beverly Swing Bridge Replacement and the Positive Train Control projects.  Click HERE to access more information on these projects and the public meeting schedule.

Both Hamilton and Wenham have partnered with the The Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA offering rain barrels to residents as part of a conservation and sustainability program.  The barrels are offered in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of $69  and $64 for unpainted with a purchase deadline of May 13th, 5:00pm.  See our DPW Department page for information on how to place your order. 

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 under the Government Access tab.

The HW Recreation Department has begun taking registrations for 2017 Summer Memberships which are available to all Hamilton and Wenham residents.  All Pool Memberships must be purchased in person at the Recreation Center, 16 Union Street, Hamilton.  In addition to regular office hours, the Recreation Center will offer the following extended hours in April for residents to purchase Pool Memberships.  

Thursday, April 13th - 4:30pm - 7:30pm 

For a complete Summer 2017 information packet:  Veterans Memorial Pool 2017 Season Info

The Board of Selectmen is currently accepting letters of interest for a resident to represent Wenham on the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee for a term through June of 2018.  For more information on the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee click *here*.

Please direct letters of interest to the Board of Selectmen, Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 01984 or via email to Nicci Roebuck in the Town Administrator/Board of Selectmen's Office at nroebuck@wenhamma.govPlease contact us with any questions at 978-468-5520 x2.
  posted March 22, 2017

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
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.