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. 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.
3 New Committees: Educational Fund, Elderly & Disabled Relief Fund, Scholarship Fund
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 MGL Chapter 60 Sections 3C and 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 July 16, 2018 to the Town Administrator's Office.
375th Anniversary Committee - 1 Opening - Term through December 2018
The 375th Anniversary Committee shall be comprised of up to 11 members, serving one year terms, and subject to annual reappointment by the Board of Selectmen. The Committee will focus on event planning and coordination of the Town's 375th Anniversary celebrations. Click *HERE* for the complete committee charge.
Community Preservation Committee - 1 Opening - Three Year Term
The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was created pursuant to Wenham’s adoption of the Community Preservation Act in 2005. The CPC consists of nine volunteer members, one each from the Planning Board, Historic District Commission, Joint Recreation Board, Housing Authority, and Conservation Commission, and four members at-large.
The CPC is charged with reviewing applications for grants from the Community Preservation Fund, making recommendations to Town Meeting for funding approval and monitoring the distribution and use of any funds approved by Town Meeting. The Act provides that Community Preservation Funds may be expended on projects in any of four categories: historic preservation, open space acquisition, affordable housing creation and recreation.
Conservation Commission - 1 Opening - Three Year Term
To preserve and protect the integrity of wetland systems in the Town. The Commission derives its authority from the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Wenham Water Resources Protection Bylaw. Responsible for the promotion and sound development of the natural resources and protection of the watershed resources of the community.
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 - 2 Openings - 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 - 2 Openings - Three Year Terms
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.
Open Space and Recreation Committee - 5 Openings - One Year Terms
Comprised of residents who have a diversity of interests and experiences, ranging from interest in community character and landscape preservation to economic development and real estate, from active and passive recreation to natural resource conservation. Work to deliver a comprehensive update to the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). Click *here* to view the full committee charge.
Veterans Committee - 1 Opening - 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.
Water Commission - 1 Opening - Term through April 2019
The Water Commissioners have exclusive charge of the water department and water system. They regulate the use of the water and the placement of hydrants. In addition they set the water rates. They are also authorized to use any surplus collected for extraordinary maintenance or repairs in addition to new construction. The Water Commissioners must render an annual report to the Town upon the condition of the works under their charge and an account of all their doings, including an account of the receipts and expenditures. The Water Commissioners appoint the Superintendent of the Water. The Water Commissioners also have the power to restrain the use of water on public and private premises by shutting off the water or by other means during a drought, hurricane, conflagration or other disaster.
Zoning Board of Appeals - 1 Associate Member Opening - Two Year Term
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.