Annual Town Meeting 2020 - POSTPONED
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Annual Town Lunch & Voter Check-In Begins at 12:00pm
Annual Town Meeting Begins at 1:00pm
Buker Elementary School Perkins Auditorium
In the event that the 2020 Annual Town Meeting should be continued or postponed due to weather, our backup date will be Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6:30pm in the Perkins Auditorium at Buker Elementary School.
Visit our FY 2021 Budget Process page for links to budget presentations and meeting video recordings.
Draft Bylaw Document to be voted on at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting
Draft Bylaw Maps
Zoning Bylaw proposed changes to be voted on at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting.
A Planning Board hearing on these changes has been scheduled for Thursday February 13, 2020.
Demolition Delay Bylaw Proposed by the Historical Commission
Draft Text of the Bylaw
Demo Delay Fact Sheet
Demo Delay Diagram
Public Hearing Notice
Reasons for Demolition Delay Bylaws, as presented by the Town of Hamilton
Hearing on the Warrant
Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00pm
Buker Elementary School Multipurpose Room
Open meeting to review all articles.
Town Meeting is both an event and an entity. As an event, it is a gathering of all registered voters in Town. As an entity it is the legislative body of the Town of Wenham.
Open Town Meeting is the oldest form of government dating back to the mid 1600’s. It is a gathering of all registered voters with the purpose of giving every registered voter a voice in all matters concerning the governing of our town. It is the most direct form of government that can be found. Every vote matters and counts. However, attendance is required to have this voice.
Every town in the Commonwealth must have at least one meeting, called the Annual Town Meeting; our by-law requires we hold ours on the first Saturday in April.
Nowadays, with our “uber” busy lives, making time to attend these open town meetings is difficult, but the importance has not wavered. The ability to raise a concern, vote on a new bylaw or even repeal one is a huge benefit to living in a small town such as Wenham. This “ability to have a say in your town’s policies” should be treasured and not wasted.
State law requires a Town Moderator to “preside and regulate the proceedings, decide all questions of order, and make public declarations of all votes” in an open town meeting.
Anthony M. Feeheery
Interim Town Moderator