Volunteer to serve on the Board of Assessors

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 jbrothers@northandoverma.gov or 978-688-9510.

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Public Informational Meeting – Gas Emergency Impact Area Restoration

Public Informational Meeting – Gas Emergency Impact Area Restoration – Public Works will be holding the first informational meeting on the restoration efforts.  The meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2020, 7pm – 9pm at the Senior Center on Main Street.  While road restoration has been delayed as the gas company resolved the most recent compliance issues, we have been working on the overall plan and will be seeking public input on the restoration at this meeting.  It should be noted that we will have additional public/site meetings as the restoration projects move forward.  The first construction contract has been bid and the contract has been awarded.  The first contract of work will be starting as soon as weather permits in the Spring 2020.

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Master Plan Implementation Committee

The Town is looking for three (3) residents interested in serving on the Master Plan Implementation Committee. The Master Plan Implementation Committee will serve as an advisory body tasked to work closely with Town officials, the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen to prioritize Master Plan recommendations for implementation and funding.

This committee shall be responsible for serving as a liaison with town boards and committees that have a role in implementing the Master Plan. It will encourage boards and committees to adopt a process for reviewing and including Master Plan goals and recommendations into their regular meeting processes. It shall be responsible for working with the relevant Town departments to review the Master Plan implementation charts created and updated by staff and for giving quarterly progress updates to the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen. Working collaboratively with staff, it shall be responsible for public education about the Master Plan implementation process, including creating user friendly metrics and documents. The implementation committee may create subcommittees to advance recommendations in the Master Plan.

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 jbrothers@northandoverma.gov or 978-688-9510.  

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North Andover Fire Department Burn Permit Notification

Good morning,

With burning season approaching the North Andover Fire Department wanted to send a message to all residents with permits from last year.  If you had a permit from the 2019 season you will not have to register again.  

Just as it was last year, all residents wishing to participate in this annual event must obtain a permit online at the North Andover Fire Department website nafd.us/burn.

  

Open burning can only be conducted with a permit issued by the fire department and is only permitted for brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris, agricultural debris, and, under limited conditions, fungus-infected elm wood. Burning grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and commercial or industrial land clearing for non-agricultural purposes is prohibited.

Each day a determination will be made by 9:30 a.m. whether burning will be allowed, this decision to allow burning is based on changing atmospheric conditions such as wind or dryness and recommendations made by the state.

Due to the nature of our job and emergencies that arise, there may occasionally be a delay in getting that decision sent out. We will get it out as soon as possible.

Violations of the permit requirements, open burning law, and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of suppression or by imprisonment for up to one month, or both.

For more information about burn permits, visit the Burn Permits & Regulations page on the North Andover Fire Departments website by clicking here.  Anyone with questions regarding opening burning should call the North Andover Fire Department at 978-688-9595.

Thank you.

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Town of North Andover and State Election Dates

Town of North Andover and State Election Dates:

Following are the dates of elections and town meetings for 2020. If you are new to town, or you have never registered to vote, (you only have to do it once in the same community) please note the last day of voter registration for each event. Registration is easy… you can log onto www.registertovotema.gov and register online with a valid MA driver’s license. You can download the voter registration form at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm or you can stop by the Town Clerk’s office and register in person.

Date of Event                                                                                         Last Day Voter Registration

Tuesday, March 3 rd State Presidential Primary                           Wednesday, February 12 th
Tuesday, March 31 st North Andover Annual Election                Wednesday, March 11 th
Tuesday, May 19 th North Andover Annual Town Meeting        Wednesday, April 29 th
Tuesday, September 1 st State Primary                                           Wednesday, August 12 th
Tuesday, November 3 rd State Presidential Election                    Wednesday, October 14th

Each last day voter registration deadline, the Town Clerk’s office is open from 8:00 AM –8:00 PM.

Please note – your voter registration does not travel with you from one Town / City / State. You must re-register in your new location.

Feel free to call the Town Clerk’s office if you would like to check your voter registration status or have  questions regarding the process.

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Curbside Christmas Tree Chipping Information

Curbside Christmas Tree Chipping will begin Monday, January 6, 2020 and will  END Friday, January 17, 2020.
Collection of trees will generally follow the normal trash/recycle route, however may vary based on progress, therefore
we ask that you place your tree curbside on the SUNDAY of each week to be sure you won’t be missed.

 

Please make sure that all of your decorations are removed, including the stand. (Don’t forget any lights, wires, screws
or any other hazards).  Trees with hazards will be left at the curb for you to dispose of.  Also, remember to keep your
tree freed from the snow.
Please note that this is for trees  ONLY, the DPW cannot chip Christmas wreaths or garland.
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Update on Tax Bills

Dear Residents using the Town's online Tax Billing program,

Town staff are continuing to work with our online Real Estate Tax billing company to resolve the Real Estate Tax billing issue. All electronic bills should be corrected by Monday January 6th, 2020.  You should receive a correct email showing only a Quarter 3 Tax Bill.  If your bill is still incorrect, please call the Tax Collector's Office at (978) 688-9550.

Please be aware that all tax bills will be accepted until February 7, 2020 without penalty. 

Again, the Town apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your patience. 

Note:  If you did not sign up for the Town's Online Tax Billing program and receive your Tax Bill via postal mail, you are not affected by this.

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Blue Water Navy Veterans’ disability claims to be decided beginning Jan.1, 2020

Did you serve in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975? If so, then you’re considered a Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veteran.

On Jan. 1, 2020, the Blue Water Navy Act of 2019 goes into effect. This Act was signed into law on Jun. 25, and extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to BWN Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles from the shore of Vietnam and have since developed one of 14 conditions related to exposure. Some of these conditions include Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, many forms of cancer and others. You may now be eligible for disability compensation and other benefits. In addition, if you’re a Veteran who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between Sept. 1, 1967, and Aug. 31, 1971, you may also qualify for compensation and benefits for yourself and your family members.  Click here to learn about eligibility and how to submit a claim. VAntagePoint (2019, December 13).

Click here to view the Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents.

Have questions or need assistance?  We are here to help!  Contact North Andover/Boxford Veterans Services at veterans@northandoverma.gov or 978-688-9525.


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Reminder: Are you interested in working North Andover’s elections? Don’t forget to RSVP for the mandatory training on January 28th, 2020!

2020 is going to be a busy election year in North Andover.  In order to prepare, there is a mandatory training session scheduled for January 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm in the Board of Selectmen’s meeting room at Town Hall.  Please also mark your calendar for February 4, 2020 in case a backup date is needed for weather related issues. Should you know of anyone that may be interested in working North Andover’s elections, please feel free to invite them to this training.
Trudy Reid, our new Town Clerk will be hosting this training, and this would be a great opportunity to meet her as well as hear some changes she will have for the election process.

The election schedule for 2020 will be as follows:

Presidential Primary – Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Town Election – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
State Primary – September (date to be determined)
Presidential Election – Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  

There may also be early voting late February for the March primary – we are anxiously waiting to hear confirmation from the State.  There will be opportunities during this time to assist in the Town Clerk’s office with early voting.

If you plan to attend the training session, please email your RSVP to townclerk@northandoverma.gov, or call the Town Clerk’s office at 978-688-9501.

We look forward to seeing many of you at this training.

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Press Release for 2020 Nomination Papers – North Andover Annual Town Election

The Town Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce nomination papers for the 2020 Annual Town Election are now available in the Town Clerk’s office.  Open seats will be: Board of Selectmen, two seats for a three-year term;Housing Authority, one seat for a five year term, one seat for a three year term for the Greater Lawrence Vocational School Rep; and two seats for a three-year term for the School Committee.  

The last date to obtain nomination papers for the Town Election is set for Friday, February 7th, 5:00 PM.  Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 5:00 pm on February 11th.  In order to get your name on the ballot, nomination papers must be certified with at least 50 signatures of North Andover registered voters. It is suggested you obtain at least 60 signatures in case a few are not able to be certified by the Town Clerk’s office.

The Annual Election will take place on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at the North Andover High School.   If you are new to town, or you have never registered to vote before, the last date to register for the annual election is March 11, 2020.  The Town Clerk’s office will be open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, or you can register on line at www.registertovotema.com

If you are interested in running for office for 2020 and have questions regarding the nomination / election process, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 978-688-9501.
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