Thursday, April 11, 2013
Results from the Wenham Annual Town Election on Thursday, April 11.
The Wenham Board of Selectmen has a new member. Jack Wilhelm was elected to the three-member board in Thursday's annual town election, 578-267 votes, according to unofficial results from Town Clerk Trudy Reid. Wilhelm defeated Molly Martins, who was seeking reelection to her second term. She has served as chairman for the first three years on the board. Wilhelm is a former member and chairman of the Finance Advisory Committee and works as the chief financial officer at a hospital.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
One of the most important developments in many years will occur in the coming years at Penguin Hall on the Mullen property in Wenham.
The two candidates for Wenham Board of Selectmen have plans for how the town should best use the anticipated tax revenue that would come from the redevelopment of Penguin Hall. In May 2012, Annual Town Meeting voters approved a zoning change that will allow the 50-acre Essex Street property to be redeveloped into a senior living complex. Marketing is happening now and the developers, Chris Wise of Wise Living and property owner James Mullen, have been working with town officials to develop plans for the property. When complete, the development could pay more than $1 million annual in taxes. Watch the attached videos to see how Molly Martins, the Board of Selectmen's chairman and Jack Wilhelm, who is seeking the three-year term, would use …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Hear from the two candidates for the Wenham Board of Selectmen.
There are two candidates for a three-year term on the Wenham Board of Selectmen. The two candidates are Molly Martins, the incumbent and current board chairman and Jack Wilhelm, former Finance Advisory Committee chairman and former member of the Board of Assessors. Both candidates outlined the reasons they are seeking the one open seat in a candidates forum at Buker Elementary School last Thursday. See excerpts of what the candidates had to say in the attached videos. The election is Thursday, April 11 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at Wenham Town Hall.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Interim Wenham Town Administrator Mark Andrews now has a contract that runs through June 30.
Mark Andrews' contract as Wenham’s town administrator now runs until June 30. The Wenham Board of Selectmen came to agreement with Andrews on Tuesday night for him to continue in the position for additional 10 months beyond the end of his previous contract, which runs through Aug. 31. The board met in executive session at Wenham Town Hall to consider the extension before voting to approve the new contarct in open session. “We’ve extended it until June 30 – the end of the fiscal year,” said Molly Martins, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Andrews will continue to be paid the annualized equivalent of $100,000, but Andrews will now accumulate vacation time at a rate of 3 weeks per year, down from 4 weeks per year, Martins said. The new …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
For the third year, the Wenham Board of Selectmen will be headed by Molly Martins.
Molly Martins will serve as chairman of the Wenham Board of Selectmen for another year. The unanimous vote by the three-member board on Tuesday night means Martins will have served as board chairman for all three years of her first term on the board. Her term ends next May. Two years ago, Martins was elected chairman at the start of her first term on the board. She was also elected as chairman by her peers last year. The chairman of the board is always selected by a board vote following the annual town election. Selectman Patrick Wilson, who was first elected last May, said on Tuesday that if a rotation of the chairmanship continued, he would be next up. “Personally, I don’t have the time,” he said, after saying that the job comes with …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The fiscal 2013 Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District budget underwent the scrutiny of more than two dozen town officials from Hamilton and Wenham on Thursday night.
The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee on Thursday night was looking for feedback on its plan to spend $900,000 on capital projects. While it may not have left with solid feedback on its capital spending, it heard a variety of feedback on its 2013 budget from about 25 public officials from the Hamilton and Wenham Boards of Selectmen plus the Finance Committees from both towns. The School Committee has voted to support a $28.3 million budget for fiscal 2013, which starts on July 1. Expenses are up 4.12 percent over 2012, but without the capital expenses as part of the calculation it is up about 1 percent. It includes capital spending on projects such as making Cutler Elementary School compliant with the American with Disabilities Act…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A field of more than two-dozen candidates for the interim Town Administrator job in Wenham will be winnowed down to three or four finalists next week.
More than two dozen candidates have applied to become the interim Town Administrator in Wenham. The Wenham Board of Selectmen plan to meet on Monday morning to go over all the resumes that were submitted by last Friday’s deadline. Board chairman Molly Martins said she is looking for the board to rate the 26 applicants with an A, B or C so that the board can decide on three or four candidates to interview. Martins said she hopes that by mid-March that Selectmen would be negotiating a contract with the top pick. The interim Town Administrator would take over for outgoing Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren, who has been named the new Town Administrator in Marblehead. His last day on the job in Wenham is scheduled for April 13. Martins said she …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Wenham Board of Selectmen will take its time in deciding which one of three businesses will get the town's only package store license.
There’s no deadline to decide, so the Wenham Board of Selectmen will take their time in deciding which business will be given the town’s sole package store license. The Wenham Tea House had held the license, but when the restaurant there closed in December the Tea House gave up the license. The Tea House is now seeking a pouring license for its yet-to-be-announced new tenant and the first step in that process will be a vote next Wednesday, Feb. 15, at a Special Town Meeting. “We have one application available,” said Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren, referring to the newly open package store license. Three businesses have expressed interest in holding the license – Grassy Roots, Nazir’s and Richdale. In the end, Selectmen have asked …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Wenham Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren was offered the Marblehead Town Administrator job last week and Wenham town leaders are looking ahead at what it will take to fill the position.
The search for a new Wenham town administrator will also include a look at the job description and salary, according to the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. On Wednesday night, Wenham Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren was offered the Marblehead Town Administrator job by the Marblehead Board of Selectmen in a 3-0 vote. Chelgren will still need to negotiate a contract before he officially takes the job. Chelgren has not submitted his resignation in Wenham as of late Thursday afternoon, Wenham Board of Selectmen Chairman Molly Martins said. Regardless, Martins said she expects to receive it soon. “I expect that it will happen in short order,” Martins said. A search committee would then be formed to review candidates to become the next …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The chairmen of the boards of selectmen in Hamilton and Wenham have a friendly bet with their counterpart in Bourne - a former Wenham resident and selectman himself - that will award a free lunch based on the outcome of Saturday's Super Bowl game.
There’s a free lunch on the line at Saturday’s Super Bowl matchup between Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Bourne High School. The chairmen of the Boards of Selectmen for each school have bet that their team will win. The loser will pay for lunch for the winner. Wenham Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren, who contacted Bourne Board of Selectmen Chairman Don Pickard after the Generals big win Tuesday night, organized the friendly bet. As it turns out, Pickard is no stranger to Chelgren or Wenham – he served as a Wenham Selectmen from 2003 to 2006. “The idea came from up your way,” Pickard said in a cell phone interview on Friday afternoon. Since there are five Bourne Selectmen and a combined eight selectmen in Hamilton and Wenham, the …