Owners of restaurants, food trucks, bars, bakeries and related businesses can now register for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal. Applications will open on Monday at 12pm ET.
➡️ Learn more: sba.gov/restaurants
Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
April 29, 2021 UPDATE
Total case count: 2970
Recovered and out of isolation: 2827
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 87
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 17
Mask Requirement Change and Phase 4 Update
Earlier this week Governor Baker announced that effective tomorrow, April 30, 2021 Massachusetts will be revising the Mask Order that has been in place since last fall. Masks will no longer be required while outside if you are able to maintain social distancing. It is still recommended to wear a mask if you are outside and unable to maintain social distancing.
The Governor also announced that we will be moving forward to Step 2 of Phase 4 of our reopening plan on May 10. Similar to the implementation of the previous phases, Phase 4 will consist of multiple steps and allow different areas of business to open in each step.
On May 10 amusement parks, theme parks and water parks will be allowed to open up at 50% capacity and road races and other athletic events will be able to be held. Large capacity indoor and outdoor stadiums can increase capacity to 25% and indoor singing such as karaoke is allowed with following proper distance guidelines
The next step in Phase 4 begins on May 29 and allows indoor gatherings up to 200 people and outdoor gatherings up to 250 people. Bars, beer gardens, wineries, and distilleries may open with seated service only and must adhere to the restaurant guidance. Restaurants can seat 10 people per table and must keep the time limit to 90 minutes. Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals will be allowed at 50% of their previous capacity.
By adhering to all sector specific guidelines and continuing all the practices that got us to this point, we will be able to keep moving forward and on August 1, all the restrictions may be lifted.
Vaccine appointments are becoming more and more available. The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence General Hospital and local pharmacies have appointments available and are offering Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 and over and Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 and older. Please look at the following links and sign up for a vaccination as soon as you can and at a location that is convenient for you.
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center has 4 locations in the area (2 in Lawrence, 1 in Methuen and 1 in Haverhill) and appointments are currently available at multiple locations.
Lawrence General Hospital also has appointments available. To register please click the following link.
You may also call Lawrence General Hospital at (833) 469-0764 to make an appointment over the phone.
Lawrence General also has a vaccine Walk-In location. The South Lawrence East Elementary School (165 Crawford Street) is open to all Massachusetts residents from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday for anyone 16 years old.
Local pharmacies are also an option and have appointments available. More appointments are added on a continual basis. Please check these links for current availability and get vaccinated.
The focus of the School Capacity Sub-Committee is to aid the town in making the best decisions regarding the possible renovation, expansion and construction of schools within our community.
Facilities Master Plan, Phase II for the Town of North Andover includes four (4) important school projects; the renovations and possible additions to:
- Atkinson Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Kittredge Elementary
- North Andover Middle School.
The goals for these projects include:
- updating our oldest schools so that they meet code and meet the needs of our students;
- providing modern facilities conducive to 21st Century learners;
- ensuring equity among our schools; and
- providing enough space capacity in our schools to provide needed support services for our students, impact class size, and accommodate enrollment growth going forward.
We will be holding public forums during the month of May in order to provide the community with information regarding these projects and to answer questions and solicit feedback from the community. This feedback will be critical in helping the School Committee finalize its recommendation to the Facilities Master Plan, Phase II Committee.
If you would like to participate in a forum, the links for each meeting are listed below:
- May 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM [meet.google.com/cyc-jdtr-dfy]
- May 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM [meet.google.com/jic-hgia-xso]
- May 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM meet.google.com/jma-sjyc-upx]
Thank you, and we hope to see you there.
The Town Manager is seeking a volunteer interested in serving on the Board of Assessors. The Board of Assessors was created by Town Charter pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Sections 24-26. Each member must complete a training program conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and become certified, within six months of appointment.
The Board of Assessors is responsible for the valuation of all real estate and personal property in the town; hears related appeals along with motor vehicle excise; responsible for awarding property tax exemptions provided by statute.
The Committee is responsible for conducting its activities in a manner in which is in compliance with all relevant state and local laws and regulations including, but not limited to the open meeting law, ethics laws and public records law.
If interested, please visit the town website at www.northandoverma.gov, click on “Boards & Comm Info” on the left hand side of the page to complete an application. Please contact Jillian Brothers with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-688-9510.
In preparation, the SBA recommends qualifying applicants familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application experience, specifically by:
- Registering for an account in advance at sba.gov starting Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT.
- Reviewing the official guidance, including program guide, frequently asked questions, and application sample.
- Preparing the required documentation.
- Working with a point-of-sale vendor or visiting sba.gov to submit an application when the application portal opens. [Note: If an applicant is working with a point-of-sale vendor, they do not need to register beforehand on the site.]
- Attending a live recorded virtual training webinar.
The Town of North Andover is conducting a study of the Route 125 Corridor between Sutton Street and the Haverhill city line. This study is being funded by a Real Estate Technical Assistance Grant from MassDevelopment. The Town is working with Nitsch Engineering and Innes Associates to assess transportation, infrastructure, and zoning in the area. This process will involve multiple public engagement efforts to build an understanding of concerns and opportunities on Route 125.
As an early step in this project, we are planning site visits along Route 125 for Saturday, May 1st, starting at 10am from the parking area behind Mad Maggie’s Ice Cream (1025 Osgood Street). This will be followed by stops at the Bird & Wolf (1268 Osgood Street) and 1600 Osgood Street, at 11am and 12pm respectively. The public is encouraged to join us for any number of the site visits. This will provide an opportunity to share your experience with the Route 125 area, contribute your ideas, and learn more about the project. See the attached flyer for more information.
If you cannot make it to the site visits or would like to learn more about the project, we encourage you to check out the web page for the study and take the survey: https://route-125-corridor-study-nitsch.hub.arcgis.com/
This project is an excellent opportunity to develop a vision for the future of a key corridor in town, where people live, work, shop, and travel through. We look forward to your participation.
Please reach out to Dan Beckley, Staff Planner, at email@example.com for more questions.