Some really great news: Thanks to the civic-mindedness of our own HWRHS chapter of the National Honor Society, babysitting is available for both town meetings this Saturday. Details here:

For those of you on Twitter, please follow us @HWSOS. We will try our best to live-Tweet both meetings (depending on available connectivity). While it’s always difficult to gauge the timing of any particular vote, we will try to let you know when big votes are approaching.

Also know you are legally permitted to enter the meeting after it has begun, or to leave and come back if you have family matters to attend to (just check in with the clerks before you leave the building) — but you must be physically in the room when a vote is taken for yours to count.

Note that, in Hamilton, it’s expected that there will be motions made to amend both the school budget and the Patton Park pool proposal. These amendments generally override the many months of work done by the committees responsible for these projects and void any joint agreements with Wenham — leaving us without a school budget and/or without a pool.

As a reminder:

Proposed school budget for 2015/2016

The budget (click to view PDF) includes, among other highlights, a decrease of $185,000 in health insurance premiums, and a request for an increase in funding to restore learning teams to the Middle School.

Remember: The school budget is approved directly by voters at town meeting.

Hamilton Town Meeting: 9 a.m. High School auditorium

On the warrant in Hamilton, in addition to the school budget: Community pool, a propose ban on plastic bags, the future of the Patton property, a water pipe replacement, turf field fund, and easing of restrictions on cell tower locations.

Wenham Town Meeting: 1 p.m. Buker elementary auditorium

On the warrant in Wenham, in addition to the school budget: Community pool, purchase of new fire engine, payment of bill for cemetery preservation.

And mark your calendars for ballot elections in both towns:

Thursday, April 16, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wenham votes at Town Hall

Hamilton votes at Winthrop Elementary School

If you are unable to vote on April 16, you may fill out an absentee ballot anytime between now and noon on Wednesday, April 15, at your town hall. Details are available from your town clerk.



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