Recycling Notice

Residential recycling drop-off service at the TBI facility on 210 Holt Road has resumed.  Please be aware that the recycling containers are being relocated next to the scale house.  Residents can access the area at the next driveway up from where they would normally drive into the site.  As reported previously, curbside trash and recycling pickup is also proceeding as normal.

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North Andover Mosquito Update and Spraying Notification

The North Andover Board of Health wants to update the residents regarding the status of local mosquitoes and the actions being taken in town and in the region.

North Andover Board of Health has been performing weekly mosquito testing for West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) since April and have not had a positive mosquito pool yet this season.

Positive mosquito pools have been detected in neighboring communities. We have been in constant contact with Mosquito Control and have been discussing proactive and preventative measures in response to the positive tests in the area. Mosquito Control has added supplemental testing traps around the positive pools in the affected communities and performed additional larvaciding and targeted adulticide spraying.

North Andover has scheduled Mosquito Control to perform annual barrier spraying and adulticiding around parks, schools and fields on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at 8:00PM.  Spraying activities will be completed in North Andover by 3:00AM and all fields will be able to be used the following morning.  No special precautions are needed.  If you live adjacent to a playground or field you can close any windows facing those locations.  Rain date will be Wednesday August 28, 2019.  No EEE or WNV mosquitoes have been detected in North Andover and this is a preventative measure to reduce the risk of mosquito borne disease transmission.

As always, the North Andover Board of Health urges all residents to read and follow these important safety tips:

  • Avoid Mosquito Bites
  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours: The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during the evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied directly to your skin.
  • Mosquito-Proof Your Home
  • Drain standing water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or repair window and door screens: Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Information about EEE and reports of current and historical EEE virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections or encephalitis. Very few human cases are reported across the U.S. each year, but EEE can be fatal or leave victims with serious complications and neurological problems.

LIST OF NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOLS AND PLAYGROUNDS TO BE TREATED

  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Atkinson School
  • Kittredge School
  • Franklin School
  • Sargent School
  • Drummond Field
  • Grogan’s Field
  • Carl Thomas Playground
  • Aplin Playground
  • McEvoy Field
  • Reynolds Playground
  • Gallagher Field
  • Cyr Recreation Area
  • Foster Farm Fields
  • Carter Fields A&B
  • Anne Bradstreet ECC
  • Old Town Common
  • Thomson Elementary
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Air Quality Testing

The North Andover Board of Health has been working in conjunction with the Mass DEP to monitor air quality following the fire that broke out at the TBI Recycling Center on Holt Road yesterday evening.  Instant reading tests performed by handheld air equipment did not indicated any danger or need for concern.  Air samples were also sent in for lab testing and should be completed later today.
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Rebuilding of Grogan’s Field

Rebuilding of Grogan's Field

As you may already be aware, the Town will be rebuilding Grogan's Field as part of the gas emergency settlement with Columbia Gas. The work will include reconstruction of the ball field, new fencing/backstop, protective netting and upgrades to the playground. Work is scheduled to begin later this fall with final completion in spring, 2020.

Over the next few weeks, the Town's consultant will we be finalizing plans for bidding and construction. Prior to completing the design, the Town wanted to meet with abutting properties/residents to discuss the project.

The meeting will be held at Grogan's Field by the Baldwin Street field building on August 21st at 6pm.

We look forward to discussing the project with you on the 21st.  If you are unable to attend or have any questions about the project, please feel free to call the DPW at (978) 685-0950.


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SEWER WORK NOTICE

SEWER WORK NOTICE

 

 Please be advised that North Andover’s Sewer Department will be evaluating portions of the Town’s sewer system starting August 12, 2019.    The work is being done by our consultants, Woodard & Curran and Flow Assessment Services.   This is preliminary work and will not affect residents.  Other types of work will follow in the near future and more detailed information will be sent to residents.  

 

The work will take place during low flow conditions, from midnight to approximately 5:00 AM.    The studies are part of an ongoing program to reduce extraneous flows into the sewer system in an effort to comply with State Regulations.  Please reach out to the North Andover DPW (978) 685-0950 if you have any questions.  Thank you.


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