Thursday, April 18, 2013
A letter from newly elected Wenham Board of Selectmen member Jack Wilhelm thanking voters.
To the Editor: I want to thank all my supporters and especially my hard working committee for my successful election to the Wenham Board of Selectmen. Additionally, I would like to thank Molly Martins for her three years of service to the town. I am looking forward to working with my fellow selectmen to ensure a good future for Wenham. Sincerely, Jack Wilhelm Morgan Street, Wenham
Monday, April 15, 2013
Hamilton's newly elected Selectmen thanks voters and asks for feedback as his begins his work.
To the Editor: Thank you for your support as Hamilton’s newest Selectman. My family and numerous friends from all walks of life contributed so much over the last few weeks. Frankly, their support was a pretty awe-inspiring. I want to thank John McWane with whom I've worked on the FinCom this past year. Annette Janes and John McGrath contributed letters to the editor and helped convey some of my background to those of you I have yet to meet. And to all the people over the years that I've had the pleasure of working with on the Library, FinCom, after school activities, sports, etc., a big thank you. Please continue to provide your valuable feedback and direction so that I can help our town as much as possible. Sincerely, Scott Maddern Old …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The former finance director for the town of Wenham writes with questions about the new budget format in Wenham that was brought before the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.
To the Editor: Historic precedent was set in Wenham [on Saturday]. Wenham residents previously voted the budget “as presented” with the Salary and Expense lines detailed in the department budgets. [On Saturday] the residents at town meeting authorized the budget by department total. Was this even legal? Were the Selectmen or Finance Committee supposed to take a vote to authorize this change? Did we, the residents of Wenham, lose a right to vote on Staffing, Salaries and Expenses of the town? There was no mention or discussion of this at the Warrant Hearing last Monday night or at the Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday night or at any recent Selectmen’s meeting. The Town Government Study Committee has been researching the Town …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Wenham resident Patrick Waddell writes with some of his questions and concerns after Saturday's Annual Town Meeting.
To the Editor: An open letter to the Wenham Board of Selectmen: After attending [Saturday's] Town Meeting, I am very concerned about our town's government and budget. I took more notes today than I have in the prior five years. I would like to describe my concerns in the order in which they arose at the meeting: 1. Town Administrator - it appears that there is a discrepancy in the number of hours in work weeks for our employees. Some employees are billing 52 hours and some are billing 52.2. The discussion led me to believe this is simply an accounting error and will be corrected. This would not be much of an issue if it was the only accounting problem. 2. Reserve Fund - there is currently only $5,500 in the Reserve Account. This seems to …
Friday, April 5, 2013
School Committee member Kym Marie Donnellan writes in support of Jack Wilhelm, candidate for Wenham Board of Selectmen.
To the Editor: Jack Wilhelm is running for Wenham’s Board of Selectmen. He has asked for my vote and he will get it. During his years of public service in Wenham, Jack has proven to be knowledgeable, honest, and thoughtful when it comes to making hard policy decisions. He promises to rebuild Wenham’s Finance Department, mend relations with Hamilton, and support administrators, teachers and the School Committee in developing strategies to improve schools. Jack's experience in promoting open dialogue among constituencies bodes well for HWRSD staff, School Committee members, town officers, parents and citizens in their continuing efforts to make our schools the best of the best. When April 11 rolls around, I will be voting for Jack Wilhelm. I…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Hamilton resident Robert Sica writes with his take on the candidates for Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee.
To the Editor: If you prefer “budgeting by override” over fiscal responsibility… If you favor additional tax burden over controlled spending… If you prefer secret and illegal meetings to openness and transparency…. If you believe that $75 million in cumulative override costs (thus far) are preferable to efficient budgeting… If you prefer rudeness and obstructionism over cooperation and compromise… If you want to go back to the way things were rather than forward in the positive direction we are headed… …Then vote for the guy that used to be on the School Committee when our community was divided and spending was spiraling out of control. But if you want to keep moving forward as a community united in common and constructive goals, please …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Harriet Davis writes in regard to the future of the Wenham Finance Department.
To the Editor: The Wenham Finance Department is in disarray as our most recent Finance Director has returned to the private sector. Ever since Sarah Johnson left Wenham in 2010 to become finance director of the much larger department in Weston, Wenham has been drifting from pillar to post with a series of poorly thought out solutions which all ultimately failed. So what are our selectmen doing about it? Well, on Tuesday night, our interim town administrator came up with a woefully inadequate proposal — outsource the finance department to a part-time consulting firm manned essentially by one person who works full time for another municipality and who would work primarily off-site. Wise folk are shaking their heads — what is really going on…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The chairman of U.S. Rep. John Tierney's campaign finance committee, Barry Weiner of Essex, writes in support of Tierney's reelection.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
To the Editor: I first met John Tierney in 1995 when he asked if I would consider helping him in his run for Congress. I agreed and have chaired the finance committee for his successful campaigns since then. Over this time, I’ve consistently found John to be a bright, hardworking, honest fellow, and a passionate and effective representative for our district. Despite the power and glitter of the position, he’s also never changed, remaining the same down to earth guy from a modest, middleclass family. Given what I know about John it pains me to see him attacked, and so unfairly and savagely in this campaign. I say “unfair” because the assertion that John knew of the crimes of his brothers in law and his wife’s “willful blindness” is just not…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Organizers of this summer's Art Grows Here two townwide outdoor art exhibit send out a thank you.
To the Editor: For 10 days in July, people explored Hamilton and Wenham in search of art. They were people like the family of four on bicycles, the Boston couple back for their third year in a row or the senior citizens in a bus from Beverly. All of them experienced something totally unique in Art Grows Here. These adventurous fans of art, following their maps across Hamilton into Wenham, were treated to an outsized bird’s nest woven with words, caricatures threaded in and around a tree and saw that Araneus the spider made his reappearance, in an even more fascinating guise than before. They got to try their hand at a large set of chimes situated in a blissful garden setting and just down the street saw the playful “G.B.,” out on an …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Jack Lawrence of Hamilton, a former co-chairman of the Government Study Committee, writes to suggest that the Hamilton town counsel should resign.
To the Editor: Having been away from July 19 until Aug. 5, I returned to read The Chronicle’s Aug. 2 headline ”Brewer prevails, reappointed town counsel.” In the discussion that followed, it would seem that what was voted affirmatively was the principle that the Town Manager should be able to pick his team. That was a good thing. It is the actions of that team - the department heads and professional staff of the town government - which will determine how his job performance is rated. If he is subjected to the sort of micromanagement that brought about the demise of Raleigh Buchanan, how can he be held accountable? In setting this up, the Government Study Committee (GSC) consciously gave the position that authority with the countervailing …