Annual Town Meeting

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, due to the Coronavirus Public Health situation, the Wenham Board of Selectmen voted to postpone the Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election to future dates that are to be determined.  

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
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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 vote 

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

 

town hall hours

Monday 9am - 4:30pm

Tuesday 9am - 7pm

Wed & Thurs 9am-4:30pm

Friday 9am - 1pm

contact town hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984

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