Letters of interest are requested for interest in serving on the Town Government Study Committee by Wednesday, December 23, 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in the Town Administrator's office or via the town's Board & Committee Appointment Request Google form by clicking the link. Please indicate general meeting availability (day/night/both/weekend) with your submittal.
Contact the Town Administrator's Office with any questions at 978-468-5520 x2.
Town Government Study Committee Charge - Adopted December 8, 2020
Mission: To study possible reorganization of portions of the Town of Wenham government structure.
Objectives: The Committee will study the positive and negative impacts of three particular changes to current town government structure. The Committee will prepare a written report, to include majority and any minority views, on each of the three below questions for presentation at the Annual Town Meeting in May 2021.
- Will the Town of Wenham be better served by a three-person or five-person Select Board?
- Will the Town of Wenham be better served by a separate or combined Department of Public Works and Water Department?
- Will the Town of Wenham be better served by the current five social services committees, which include Wenham Affordable Housing Trust, Wenham Issues of Social Services Help, Council on Aging, Wenham Connects, and Wenham Housing Authority, or by a consolidation of those committees?
The Committee should interview available previous and current town officials and committee members, town administrators and department heads, and town employees for their expertise and experience on these questions. The Committee should acquire information from State of Massachusetts resources and from comparable municipalities. The Committee should consider previous Town of Wenham government studies and interview study group members.
Membership: The Committee will consist of seven voting members who will serve from date of appointment until 30 June 2021. Additionally, Mr. Paul Weaver, former Wenham Town Moderator and Town Counsel, will serve ex officio on this committee, bringing his comprehensive knowledge of Wenham government history and organization as a highly valuable resource for the Committee. Mr. Tom Younger, Town Administrator, will serve ex officio on this committee, bringing his extensive municipal government experience to the Committee.
The Committee by majority vote will elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Committee Secretary at its first meeting, those terms running until 30 June 2021. The Chairman will be responsible for providing an update to the Board of Selectman by the end of each calendar month until Annual Town Meeting. The Secretary will be responsible for preparation of all meeting minutes.