If you would like more information about serving on one of our many Boards and Committees, please contact Nicci Roebuck in the Town Administrator's Office at 978-468-5520 x2 or email@example.com. Letters of interest and resumes (if applicable) should be addressed to the Board of Selectmen at Wenham Town Hall, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in the Town Administrator/Board of Selectmen’s Office.
Openings as of July 1, 2017
Finance & Advisory Committee - 3 Openings - 1/One Year Term, 1/Two Year Term, 1 Three Year Term
As outlined in Chapter III, Section IV of our Town bylaws, the Finance and Advisory Committee is comprised of 5 residents who “shall consider all articles and warrants for town meetings involving an appropriation or expenditure of money or the disposition of any property of the town. The Committee shall hold prior to each annual town meeting one or more meetings at which the Selectmen and other invited officers, boards and committees of the town shall be present to consider the items which make up the annual budget and any other municipal matters. In discharge of its duty, said Committee shall have free access to all books of record and accounts, bills and vouchers on which money has been or may be paid from the town treasury. Officers, boards and committees of the town shall furnish said Committee upon request with facts, figures and any other information pertaining to their several activities. The recommendations of the Committee on the articles in the warrant for the annual town meeting shall be printed in the annual town report, which shall be distributed, if possible, one week before the date of said meeting.”
The Finance & Advisory Committee also has statutory authority to make transfers from the Town’s reserve fund to departmental budgets for extraordinary or unforeseen occurrences. It may approve, with the Selectmen, some budget transfers during the last two months of the fiscal year and the first 15 days of the next year in order to close out the Town’s financial records.
Cemetery Commission - 1 Opening - Three Year Term
The Wenham Cemetery Commission is charged with maintaining the order and cleanliness of the town’s 3 historic cemeteries. The Cemetery Commission is responsible for developing and maintaining a research file for each historic cemetery including history, land survey info, those interred and living descendants and charged with overseeing and maintaining records of contemporary burials in historic cemeteries allowed by law for proven descendants or those given permission by living descendants.
Council on Aging - 3 Openings - Three Year Terms ; 5 Associate Member Openings - Three Year Terms
To identify needs of Wenham’s elders, develop programs and services to meet those needs, to educate the community on elder issues and to advocate on behalf of elders. To set goals and objectives and support staff in implementing and promoting the COA’s mission.
Hamilton-Wenham Community Access & Media - 2 Openings - Three Year Terms
A committee charged with recommending policy, monitoring on-going operation of the cable system and the local cable studio, and assuring that the licensee is responsible to the respective Boards of Selectmen.
Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council - Three Year Terms
Works to inform the public, qualify applications, and dispense funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. The budget of the MCC is determined by the state legislature and the MCC's source of funds is the Megabucks lottery game. Its purpose is to re-grant state funds for community based arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects and activities to benefit the residents of Hamilton and Wenham. Grant decisions are subject to final approval by the MCC.
Iron Rail Commission - 1 Opening - One Year Term; 1 Opening - Three Year Term
To maintain, repair and protect the Iron Rail property. To aggressively plan for rental, gymnasium and meadow use in order to create income, revitalize the land and encourage active use of the area for educational enjoyment by all townspeople. To work with other town groups in arranging for orderly use of the land, including the layout of roads and the negotiating of locations for specific site use, safety and scheduling.
Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee - 1 Opening - Two Year Term
The Logan CAC represents roughly 30 communities which have authorized representatives and which are, or may be affected by Airport-related aircraft noise. The primary roles of the CAC is to provide the FAA and Massport with input on aircraft noise issues related to the Airport (particularly as it relates to the identification of potential noise abatement measures), provide input on suggested criteria to be used in evaluating and comparing those measures, recommend to Massport those measures that might be recommended to the FAA for implementation. For more information on the Logan CAC please click *here*.
Tree Warden - 1 Opening - Three Year Term
Formerly an elected position, the Tree Warden appointed by the Board of Selectmen, is responsible for the care and control of all public shade trees, shrubs and growths in the Town, including those along the public right-of-way, except on state highways. The office may make regulations regarding the care and preservation of public shade trees and may establish fines of not more than $20.00.
Veterans Committee - 2 Openings - Three Year Term
The mission of the Veterans Committee is 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 Charge.
Wenham Issues of Social Services Help (WISSH) Committee - 1 Opening - One Year Term
A Committee approved by the Board of Selectmen to assist in serving Wenham residents in need of temporary financial or social service assistance. No town monies are used, WISSH functions on donations from both residents and businesses. The mission of WISSH is to identify the social-service needs of Wenham residents and to coordinate and implement appropriate immediate unmet financial assistance to those in need.
Zoning Board of Appeals - 2 Associate Member Openings - Two Year Terms
Exercises all powers granted to it by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 40A, 40B and 41 and the Town of Wenham Zoning Bylaw. The Board hears and decides applications for special permits, appeals or petitions for variances from regulations governing dimensions of land or structures, appeals taken by any aggrieved by reason of his inability to obtain a permit or enforcement action under the provisions of MGL Ch 40A, and applications for comprehensive permits.