Friday, October 12, 2012
A walk-about is being hosted at Winthrop Elementary School at 8 a.m. on Satuady to show some of the maintenance issues in the school district.
A School Committee subcommittee is hosting a "walk-about” and slideshow inside Winthrop Elementary School one hour before Saturday morning’s Town Meeting in Hamilton. The intent of the event, put on by the Facilities Working Group stating at 8 a.m., is to show firsthand the damage from deferred maintenance at the school and help voters see the current condition of the school and other maintenance issues in the school district that would be corrected by the proposed $2.075 million bond that will first go before voters at the Hamilton Town Meeting. The presentation will include a look at the rot in the Winthrop roof, the Cutler Elementary School roof, a new fire suppression system at the Buker Elementary School and other proposed repairs. …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Voters at Hamilton's Fall Town Meeting on Saturday will decide on whether to fund repairs to elementary school buildings.
Voters at two upcoming Town Meetings – starting this Saturday at 9 a.m. in Hamilton at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School – will decide whether to put $2 million in capital spending on the fall ballot. The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee has assembled a $4 million plan to address physical deficiencies in the schools, starting with two bonds totaling $2.075 million for major repairs to elementary schools. The Massachusetts School Building Authority has accepted repair of the Cutler Elementary School roof into its Accelerated Repair Program, which could result in reimbursement of 43.3 percent of the cost of $575,000. Because the MSBA requires that projects it subsidizes be bonded separately from those it does not, the District …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Downtown Hamilton streetscape improvement work is underway with the planting of 15 new trees.
The downtown streetscape work appoved at Hamilton Town Meeting in May is underway this week. By Friday, 15 trees will be planted along the sidewalk on Railroad Avenue. Workers this week have cut open holes in the cement sidewalk where the trees will go. Voters at Town Meeting approved $23,000 for downtown improvements - that included $15,000 to plant trees along Railroad Avenue. John Tomsaz, director of the Hamilton Department of Public Works, said the trees will all be in by Friday. The work also includes replacing the flower boxes in the median along Bay Road. Some landscaping has been done along Bay and Walnut roads, whoch is part of the project, Tomasz said.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Here's a look at the turnout rates for voters at the Annual Town Meetings in Hamilton and Wenham versus previous years.
Voter turnout at Hamilton Town Meeting and Wenham Town Meeting this spring were in line with most town meetings in the past five years, according to data from the town clerk's in both towns. Turnout has been around 5 or 6 percent for most town meetings, both special town meetings and annual town meeting, in Hamilton, according to data from Town Clerk Jane Wetson. This year it was 5 percent of the registered voters. In Wenham, turnout this spring was in line with voter turnout for the past three years - somewhere between 7 and 9 percent, according to data from Town Clerk Trudy Reid. The exception is February's Special Town Meeting that was called to approve a legislative petition for a liquor license at Wenham Tea House. Hamilton Wenham
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee ratified the fiscal 2013 budget number that was approved by Hamilton Town Meeting on Saturday.
The Hamilton-Wenham School Committee voted 7-1 Tuesday night to OK the 2013 budget that was approved by the Hamilton Town Meeting on Saturday The decision, though, came after a lengthy discussion on how "secret negotiations" before the meeting avoided what member Larry Swartz called “a war” that might have broken out in the high school auditorium. Several current and former members of the School Committee criticized the negotiations by three members – Chairman Alexa McCloughan, Vice Chairman Roger Kuebel and Swartz – which were kept from the other committee members prior to Saturday's Annual Town Meeting in Hamilton. However, most critics also said that the result of the "secret negotiations" was good for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Hamilton Town Meeting voters approved a school budget number with a "giveback" on Saturday morning, in addition to several other measures.
Hamilton Town Meeting voters approved a school budget with a “giveback” to taxpayers of $420,000 on Saturday morning. Hamilton’s share of that “giveback” is $286,000 and that was part of the budget number that voters supported while approving its $15.1 million share of the fiscal 2013 school budget. School Committee Vice-Chairman Roger Kuebel said the “giveback” number has the OK from three of the School Committee members – Chairman Alexa McCloughan and Larry Swartz in addition to him. The full committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Center School building. Finance Committee Chairman John McWane said he brought the number to Town Meeting after "11th hour" negotiations with some members of the School Committee. If …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Keep up to speed on the decisions Hamilton voters are making at the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.
Hamilton-Wenham Patch will keep you up to date from Hamilton Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. The entire warrant, and the appendices, are attached to this story as PDFs.
Get a look at the quick info about some of the local events happening this weekend in Hamilton and Wenham.
Weekend events in Hamilton and Wenham range from Hamilton Town Meeting on Saturday morning to the start of the Design Show at Wenham Museum. There’s also an “event” everyone can take part in Saturday – the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Leave some non-perishable food (that is not past the expiration date) out for your mail carrier. Get the when and where below for those events and other happenings in Hamilton and Wenham. Remember, each Friday morning Hamilton-Wenham Patch’s “Get Out” weekend planner brings you a quick guide to local events and activities. We encourage you to look past this weekend guide into our full calendar of events, where we have other events listed. Remember, if you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Annual Town Meeting in Hamilton starts at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Hamilton voters on Saturday morning will decide on the 2013 school and town budget, whether to accept the gift of the Patton estate and have their say on millionof dollars worth of improvements planned for the water infrastructure. The full warrant for the meeting, with a list of all 27 warrant articles, is attached to this article. Some of the artciles that are "not controversial" can be bundled together in a consent agenda in Article 1-3 that allows several of the artciles can all be voted at once. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. The $24.8 million town and school budget is Article 2-15. As part of that article, voters will decide whether to back the School Committee’s proposed …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The citizen group Enough is Enough has returned after a year off to publish its own newspaper.
After a year hiatus, the Hamilton-Wenham Free Press returned to mailboxes in the two towns last week. The 12-page newspaper is a production of the citizen group Enough is Enough. This was the third year the group published its own newspaper, with articles coming from its membership. Articles range in topic from addressing local government and Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District issues to a recipe. “We skipped last year,” said Bob Gray, a member of Enough is Enough’s steering committee and one of the newspaper’s four editors. The paper was first published in 2009 and again in 2010. It was started when Enough is Enough member Ed Howard, who owns an antique store in Essex, said something similar had been done in Essex. Gray said the …