MBTA riders are invited to comment on a proposed fare increase which the Fiscal and Management Control Board is scheduled to consider in March following the month-long public comment period in February. Under the draft proposal, fares would increase an average of 6.3 percent with bus fares increasing by $0.10, subway fares by $0.15, a monthly LinkPass by $5.50 and a weekly LinkPass by $1.25. The proposed rates are below the statutorily-authorized 7 percent rate the MBTA is allowed to assess once every two years. Revenues from the rate increase will enable the MBTA to keep pace with inflation and support customer service enhancements being rolled out as a part of the authority’s comprehensive $8 billion modernization and improvement plan. If approved, the new fare schedule would take effect July 1, 2019.

Written comments about the MBTA Fare Proposal will be accepted through Thursday, February 28, 2019. They can be mailed to: 
MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee

Comments can also be submitted using the MBTA website, by e-mail at fares@mbta.com, or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.

Public Hearing to be held: 
February 27, 2019
6:30 pm–8:30 pm
State Transportation Building, MBTA Board Room, Second Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

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:  2019
Town Administrator's Reports: Archives

Burn season runs from Tuesday, January 15th through Wednesday, May 1st.  Please visit the Wenham Fire Department at 140 Main Street or wenhamfd.org to register for your permit.  Contact the Fire Department with questions at 978-468-5508.
The Town, in coordination with MassDOT, is planning improvements to Route 1A where it intersects Cherry Street, Monument Street, and Arbor Street which will include a redesign of the existing roadway by installing more/better signage, designated turning lanes at key locations, and up to two (2) fully signalized intersections.  This project will also include improvements to the existing sidewalks, the installation of new sidewalks, and the redesign/relocation of existing pedestrian crosswalks.

The Town's contract with Bayside Engineering, Inc. for preliminary survey work is available by clicking the link below.  Bayside expects to be on site sometime during the week of January 14th, weather permitting.  

Contract with Bayside Engineering, Inc. for Preliminary Site Work - December 18, 2018

Questions or comments regarding the project should be directed to Town Administrator Peter Lombardi at plombardi@wenhamma.gov or by calling 978-468-5520 x.2.   Supporting materials may be accessed by visiting the: Town Administrator's page
Please click the link below to acces the 2019 Holiday Trash Collection Schedule from the Department of Public Works.  Call 978-468-5520 x6 with questions.

2019 Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

During the past year, the Assessors completed a comprehensive revaluation of all properties in Wenham. This was the first such revaluation since FY2015 and resulted in an assessed increase of $64,550 for a median priced home, and a tax rate of $18.02 for FY19, vs. $18.79 in FY18. This translates to an increase of approximately $771 in taxes for a median value home, 41% of which is attributable to the school override passed last April.

Click the link to determine your actual tax commitment:  FY2019 Q3 Property Taxes

Contact the Tax Collector's Office with any questions at 978-468-5520 x3.  

Over the past year, the Town of Wenham has committed time and resources to becoming an age and dementia friendly community through an initiative called Wenham Connects, building a vibrant sense of community for older adults

To help identify short-and long-term issues related to aging in Wenham, we secured grant funding from the state last spring to engage the services of University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute Center for Social and Demographic Research to conduct a needs assessment.  Click the links below to view results of the needs assessment along with a presentation provided to the Board of Selectmen at their November 27, 2018 meeting.  

Chief Thomas Perkins announced that the Wenham Police Department will begin enforcing a winter parking ban, which will restrict overnight parking effective November 15, 2018 through March 31, 2019. According to town bylaws, the parking ban states that no vehicles should be parked on the street between midnight and 6 a.m.

Wenham Police will begin by issuing warnings in order to encourage compliance with the parking ban, but warn residents that vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense, at the request of the DPW, if they are obstructing snow removal efforts.  For more information, contact the Wenham Police Department at 978-468-4000.

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

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

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

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  nroebuck@wenhamma.gov.

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 HWCAM.org.

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.  

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 nroebuck@wenhamma.gov 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 dbucco@wenhamma.gov

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 www.simplerecycling.com 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 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.

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.