Last Week's Top Five Stories: Chelgren a Finalist, Two Sports Champions
The past week in news in Hamilton and Wenham included an announcement that the Wenham town administrator is a finalist for a similar position in Nahant, two big votes at Wenham Town Meeting and two high school champions crowned on Saturday.
Here’s a look at the top five stories in Hamilton and Wenham last week, Nov. 7-13.
The search committee that is looking for a new town administrator for Nahant announced this week that Jeff Chelgren, Wenham’s town administrator, is one of the three finalists for the position. Chelgren, along with the other two finalists - Lancaster Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco and Saugus Town Manager Andrew Bisignani – will be interviewed by the Nahant Board of Selectmen on Thursday night.
2. Generals Football and Girls’ Cross Country Are Champions
Saturday was a day of champions for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Generals, as the football team captured the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 4 regular season title. In Boston at Franklin Park, the girls’ cross-country team won the Eastern Massachusetts Div. 5 championship for the seventh straight year.
The long discussed design for a new war memorial in Wenham received the backing of Town Meeting voters on Tuesday night at Wenham’s Special Town Meeting. The vote was the only one of the 11 articles that required a card count.
Voters overwhelmingly turned down a move to create a “salary compensation fund” that would have given the Board of Selectmen $18,000 to hand out midyear pay raises to some non-union department heads that have gone three years without a raise.
Redevelopment of some portions of downtown Hamilton has been a focus on town leaders in the past year, including what is known as the Hansbury lot on Willow Street.
The property was sold to Dodge Tree Service to become the new home for the company’s truck. The sale, which occurred in late October, was first reported last week on Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
The best way to resolve a dispute about trees that were cut on The Maples condominium property in Wenham remains unresolved. Last week, members of the Wenham Planning Board and the condominium board of trustees tried to work out a resolution.