Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day – Article 14: Report of the Community Preservation Committee – Appropriation from Community Preservation Fund

Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day 


Article 14: Report of the Community Preservation Committee – Appropriation from Community Preservation Fund

This article lays out what projects will be funded using Community Preservation Act funding in FY21.  To learn more about the Community Preservation Act, please visit https://www.communitypreservation.org/about

To learn more about the Town’s Community Preservation Committee and to see the FY21 project applications, please visit https://www.northandoverma.gov/community-preservation-committee


A Message from @TheTrustees: Trustees Properties to Open June 4: Stevens-Coolidge Place, Weir Hill, and Ward Reservation

At The Trustees, we are excited to reopen our properties for people to enjoy.  We are opening June 4, the following properties:

 

The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover

Weir Hill, North Andover

Ward Reservation, Andover

 

We implemented safety protocols to protect both our visitors and our staff. We are posting both “behavioral signs” and park lot signs, communicating the following:

1) A mask or face covering must be worn at all times while visiting the properties

2) Please keep a six-foot distance from other visitors 

3) Parking is very limited at these properties. No street parking allowed. If the parking lot is full, please come back at another time.

4) Restrooms will be closed

5) No dogs allowed at The Stevens-Coolidge Place; Dogs on leash at Ward and Weir Hill

6)  A ranger will be on duty at Ward Reservation on weekends to help with traffic issues

 

Thank you for your support as we welcome residents of Andover and North Andover back to our beautiful trails and gardens.

Please contact me for further information: 781-248-4586 or kmacdonald@thetrustees.org.

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Town of North Andover COVID-19 Update, May 29, 2020: Online Permitting from NAFD Now Available, Stevens Pond Update, Upcoming Blood Drive

Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response

CONNECT WITH US: Text COVIDNA to 67283

 

 

May 29, 2020 UPDATE

 

Current case count: 313

Active: 125

Recovered and out of isolation:  157

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 31

 

As a community, we continue to mourn our COVID-19 related deaths.  My thoughts, and the thoughts of all of our neighbors, are with families who have experienced such loss.  

 

The Fire Department has introduced online permitting.  The following permits are now available on the North Andover Fire Department website:

  • Box Plugging

  • Fire Alarm

  • Sprinkler

  • Hot Work

  • Installation/Alteration of Oil Burning Equipment.

These permits can be accessed through the following link:  https://www.northandoverma.gov/fire-department/fire-prevention/pages/permit

Stevens Pond will open on June 22 with restrictions.  The dock, rafts, and picnic tables will not be available.  All transactions for passes will be completed online.  Swimming lessons will be unable to run at this time.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to open Steven’s Pond for the community to enjoy.

We recognize how great the need for Blood Donations continues to be at this time. The American Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at The North Andover Senior Center on June 20th from 9am to 2pm. Extra space will be available to allow for social distancing. Other control measures currently in place to keep staff and donors safe during donation can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yUk80ZV4_6EPG7H6njqek061W3vAfbmq/view?usp=sharing

Recovered Covid-19 Donors Can Help Save Lives by signing up to donate their plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. 

In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening COVID-19 RESPONSE COMMAND CENTER DAILY SITUATION REPORT condition. Interested individuals can visit RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid to learn more, and if eligible, sign up to help. 

We are also encouraging people who have not had COVID-19 to schedule and keep appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure a stable blood supply during this pandemic. Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. To make an appointment to donate, please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org  

Updates

  1. Town Meeting has been rescheduled until June 16.  It will be held at 5PM at the Walsh Stadium.  The warrant is available here: https://northandoverma.news/2020/05/27/june-16-2020-annual-town-meeting-warrant/

  2. Town Election is rescheduled until June 2nd and voting by mail and by absentee ballot is encouraged. Election protocols, which are designed to keep residents and workers safe, have been released and are available here: https://northandoverma.news/2020/05/26/protocols-for-june-2-town-election/.

  3. Social distancing has been shown to be the most proven method of preventing the transmission of COVID-19, but this can also be an issue for individuals who communicate primarily through face to face interactions, such as seniors.  Please take a look at some tips and guidance for Seniors, in regard to social distancing by clicking on this link Seniors, Social Distancing and COVID-19.  

  4. The Town has also implemented one way walking recommendations around the town common and high school track to encourage social distancing while exercising.  Please take a look at our Exercising in Public guidance.

  5. Covid-19 is easily transmitted from person to person and concerns have arisen over virus transmission in apartment complexes, condominiums and multi-unit buildings.  The North Andover Health Department would like to provide you with tips and suggestions for both staff and residents, to work in unison to keep the property safe.  Please read our Guidance for Apartment Complexes, Condo Associations and other Multi-unit Living Facilities

  6. Most updated resources for Town businesses can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaOzgHC0eb-Yal5yOHtggKBDC_Ig7osctuG5xc-pclo/edit

  7. Meals are available for pick up or delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.  Families may take two days worth of meals.  You will be asked to provide a confirmation number, people MUST pre-register for meals so that we have enough. Please pre-order your meals here: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/food-service-menus/community-meals-during-school-closure or by calling 978-208-6070 the day before.  Mondays meals should be called in on Friday by 12:00 pm.

Meal pick up is at the High School. You must wear a mask to pick up food. If you pre-order food for pick-up, but become under isolation or quarantine, please call and we will assist you in arranging for a no-contact delivery instead.

On Monday, June 1, 2020, there will be a survey online regarding the meals program.  Please complete the survey.

 

The COVID-19 hotline will still be available at 978-208-6070.  Messages left on this line are sent directly to Town staff and will be answered during regular business hours.  

 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has provided the following information

for all residents: 

 

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.

  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection.

We continue to encourage social distancingPlease see our Social Distance Guidance here.  The best way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid large crowds and stay home with your families.  This is of the utmost importance.  Please join us in stressing this to your neighbors and friends.  We do understand that at some point you may need to go to a potentially crowded or busy establishment, such as a grocery store.  We encourage you to follow our Tips to Shop Safely during COVID-19, found here

The best source of guidance and recommendations is the DPH website:

www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

 

Questions about the town’s response or about the illness, in general, can be sent to covid19@northandoverma.gov

 

We will continue to monitor this situation and will distribute necessary information and guidance.  

 

Best,

Melissa Rodrigues, Esq.

Town Manager

 

 

Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day – Article 13: Appropriation – Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2021

Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day 

Article 13: Appropriation – Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2021

This article funds the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan for FY21.  The Town has a five year capital improvement and capital budgeting plan, which it updates annually.  The Town’s Capital Improvement plan can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/19qcyPGEGDHl5DJRvVvs0InY4uyjLxW55

This year the Town is requesting to fund 25 different projects.  There are various funding sources which include: free cash, grants and enterprise fund retained earnings.  Information on the various projects can be found in the Capital Improvement plan linked above.

Town Meeting Documents

Town Meeting Warrant

northandoverma.gov/townmeeting

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NEW! Online Permits Available from @NorthAndoverFD

The following permits are now available on the North Andover Fire Department website:
  • Box Plugging
  • Fire Alarm
  • Sprinkler
  • Hot Work
  • Installation/Alteration of Oil Burning Equipment.
These permits can be accessed through the following link:  https://www.northandoverma.gov/fire-department/fire-prevention/pages/permits
If you don’t already have one, applicants will need to register for a free OpenGov account in order to use online permitting.  Please contact the North Andover Fire Department at 978-688-9590 with any questions or if you need assistance.
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Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day – Article 11: Petition General Court-An Act to Amend the Town Charter- Change to Select Board

As we ready for Town Meeting, the Town will be presenting information every day on different warrant articles.


The 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant can be viewed here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFPUkRKfqAcNCWJTyzh14Vzfkhxfql1c/view?usp=sharing

The Planning Board Report can be viewed here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nilREdguHIF2-CyToFwOZyF4a60OxCxk/view?usp=sharing


Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day


Article 11: Petition General Court-An Act to Amend the Town Charter- Change to Select Board

This article would allow the Board of Selectmen to petition the State Legislature to amend the charter.  This change would amend the language referring to the Board of Selectmen to the gender neutral language of “Select Board.”


northandoverma.gov/townmeeting


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Don’t forget to return your ballot for the upcoming June 2nd Annual Election!

Still holding onto a ballot for the upcoming June 2nd Annual Election?  In order to be sure it is received on time, please use the drop off box in front of Town Hall.   The box is checked several times a day, and will be checked several times throughout the day on June 2nd.  Ballots left in the box on Election Day will be delivered to the polling location by the close of polls.  Any ballot not returned before 8 pm on June 2nd will not be counted.


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Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day – Article 10: Petition General Court-An Act to Amend the Town Charter-Town Meeting Warrant Posting

As we ready for Town Meeting, the Town will be presenting information every day on different warrant articles.

The 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant can be viewed here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFPUkRKfqAcNCWJTyzh14Vzfkhxfql1c/view?usp=sharing


Town Meeting Warrant Article of the Day


Article 10: Petition General Court-An Act to Amend the Town Charter-Town Meeting Warrant Posting

This article would petition the State Legislature to allow a change in the Town Charter.  The change would allow the Town to post the Town Meeting warrant at specific sites in town (the Town website, Town Hall, the public library, the senior center and the police station), rather than just requiring it to be posted in every precinct with no clarity as to where it will be.