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Deadline Nears for Wenham Town Meeting Issues

Wenham will consider a wide range of items including bringing an 1880s fire engine home during May's Town Meeting.

Wenham residents have until next Tuesday, March 8, to propose an issue or item for the Town Meeting .

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night invited any resident to submit an issue for the Town Meeting. The Selectmen will meet on March 15 to determine which items will be on the agenda.

Selectman Harriet Davis noted that if a resident comes with a petition with at least 10 signatures from other residents, the Selectmen have to place the issue on the warrant.

For certain on the warrant are several Community Preservation Act projects, which might include funding to retrofit a garage to house and display the historic fire engine, Enon 1. The fire engine from the early 1880s is now housed in a Newbury museum. It was named Enon after an Indian word meaning water.

The proposed cost of retrofitting the building is $63,120.

Another project under consideration by the Community Preservation Commission is spending $18,000 for work on a hiking and biking trail through the Wenham swamp. The trail would be part of a Border to Boston Trail that starts in Salisbury and goes uninterrupted through towns to Boston.

The largest proposed expenditure would be paying down the debt on the renovations to the . The proposed amount on the 20-year bond for next year is $182,440.

The final item under consideration is spending $20,000 to $25,000 for the Town Clerk to preserve historic records.

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