Playground to be Closed Thursday for Safety Improvement Work

patton park playgroundThe Patton Park playground will be closed on Thursday while a new coat of safety chips are spread around the play structures.

A large delivery of engineered wood fiber safety surfacing is expected at the playground on Thursday, July 6, according to Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Director Sean Timmons.

That will mean that playground will be closed to the public all day while Hamilton Department of Public Works workers spread the chips at the playground. The playground is expected to reopen on Friday.


Apply Now for Hamilton DPW Summer Jobs

hamilton dpw truck closeupThe Hamilton Department of Public Works is looking for some seasonal employees for the summer.

The positions are for 12 weeks starting on May 15 and the pay is $12 per hour. The jobs will include typical seasonal DPW work, including maintenance of parks, cemeteries and municipal buildings.

All candidates need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Employees will also have to pass a background check and drug screening.

A complete job description and application can be found on the town website. Applications should be sent via email to Dolores Sheehan , administrative assistant for the DPW, at



Permitted Fire Spreads, Damages Shed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA permitted fire got out of control on Sagamore Street on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

The fire department responded to 175 Sagamore St. at about 2:30 p.m. In addition to Hamilton firefighters, Essex Engine 1 also helped battle the fire. Firefighters also got help from a Hamilton DPW backhoe. In addition to the brush, the fire also damaged a shed on the property, Stevens said.

Firefighters used water from the fire hydrant on Sagamore Street near Blueberry Lane, which may cause some brown water in the area.


Compost Available Starting Tuesday

compostCompost will be available for Hamilton residents starting on Tuesday, April 11.

The compost will be behind Hamilton Town Hall on the right side before the gate into the DPW yard.

There will be a limit of two five gallon buckets per person.

Additional loads are expected later this year but the exact amount is unknown right now. Further updates will be posted as new information is available.

Parking Ban Starts Tuesday Morning

snow-plow-close-upjpg-c6507b24f0ff7afa_largeA winter storm parking ban will run from Tuesday morning through midday Wednesday in Hamilton, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

It will go into effect on Tuesday, March 14 at 6 a.m. and last until 12 noon on Wednesday, March 15.

No on-street parking is allowed during the ban and any vehicle left unattended on a public way or parked so that it inhibits snow removal can be towed, at the owner’s expense. Violators can also be issued a $20 citation. The only exceptions to the ban are for fire, police, public works and utility repair vehicles.

Trask Pickup Delayed This Week Because of Holiday

Hamilton trash barrelAnother week and it is another delay for trash pickup in Hamilton. This time it is because of the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 20

Trash, recycling and organics collection will be delayed by a day this week. Trash pickup will start on Thursday, Feb. 23 and run through Saturday, Feb. 25 in Hamilton.

If your usual pickup day is Wednesday it will instead be Thursday and pickup will be pushed back by a day for the rest of the week.

If your trash, organics, and recycling is not picked up on your scheduled day, contact Casella Waste Systems, the town’s trash contractor, at 978-548-4427. For any other questions or problems related to trash, recycling and organics, call the Hamilton Department of Public Works at 978-468-5580.

Another Parking Ban Runs Sunday Afternoon Through Monday Night

snowcarA winter storm parking ban is in effect on Sunday, Feb. 12, starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until 11 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

No on-street parking is allowed during the ban and any vehicle left unattended on a public way or parked so that it inhibits snow removal is subject to be towed.

Violators can also be issued a $20 citation.