Annual Town Meeting
Saturday, July 11, 2020, 9:00am
Pingree Park, 211 Main Street
Pingree Park Town Meeting Map
- Voter check-in begins at 7:30am
- Parking at Pingree (through 1A/Main Street entrance) and at Library
- Drop-off only at Porter Street entrance
- Contact COA for mobility concerns/reserved parking pass
- Voters, please: Wear a face covering and bring Warrant Books to Town Meeting
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