Reminder: Great Pond Road will be closed to through traffic beginning 1/24/22

Starting on January 24, 2022 and for the following 4 weeks Great Pond Road will be closed to through traffic and a permanent closure will be installed between house #1665 and house #1675 Great Pond Road 24 hours a day for the Great Pond Road Stabilization project.

The project involves the installation of approximately 300 linear feet of steel sheeting that will be driven 30 feet down along the shoreline of Lake Cochichewick to support the embankment and roadway along with some drainage work and some additional spot repairs where the shoreline has eroded.

Please plan your travel accordingly.

Green Communities Grant

Thanks to another grant awarded by the Green Communities Division of the Department of Energy Resources and utility incentives, the Town was able to replace inefficient lighting fixtures with new LED fixtures at the Middle School, High School and the Department of Public Works.  Additionally, perimeter air sealing was done at the Middle and High Schools to address weatherization needs.  Thank you to Facilities Director, Stephen Foster, for his continued dedication to making our buildings as energy efficient as possible. 


Upgrading lighting to LED and preventing air from escaping through the building perimeter are easy and effective ways to save money and energy.  The Town anticipates these projects will result in a total annual cost savings of $41,593.00, which includes maintenance savings of $7,895.  The average return on investment for the lighting upgrades is over 23% with an average payback of approximately 4.4 years when including maintenance savings. The projects will result in 5,015 BTU saved per Green Community dollar. Additionally, the Town will be making a positive impact on the environment by reducing its carbon footprint with a CO2 reduction of 86 tons.  Learn more about the benefits of LED lighting at energystar.gov/led.


Since it's designation as a Green Community, the Town has received $677,687 in grant funding from the DOER and $344,979 in utility incentive grants.  For more information on Green Communities and the benefits of obtaining the designation, please click here to go to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Green Communities Division website. 


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Curbside Christmas Tree Chipping has been extended for an additional week.

Due to staffing shortages, Curbside Christmas Tree Chipping has been extended and will now end on Friday, January 21, 2022

Chipping of trees will generally follow the normal trash/recycle route, however may vary based on progress.  We ask that you place your tree curbside (with the stump side towards the street) 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, please remember to keep your tree freed from the snow and ice.
Please note that this is for trees ONLY, the DPW cannot chip Christmas wreaths or garland.
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Weir Hill Gateway Improvement Informational Meeting – Thursday, January 20th

At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, the residents of North Andover voted to accept the projects recommended to Town Meeting by the Community Preservation Committee. Among the approved projects was a plan for landscaping and infrastructure improvements to the parking lot, causeway, and trails for accessing Weir Hill from Pleasant Street. The Town has contracted with Ray Dunetz Landscape Architecture to design improvements that protect the natural and historic resources at the project site, while continuing to support active use of the open space. As this area is popular for numerous types of recreation, we are holding a public meeting to provide more information about the planned improvements and to answer any questions.

We encourage anyone interested to join us for a completely virtual public meeting on Thursday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. The public should register at the following link to receive a meeting invitation and more information about the event: https://forms.gle/7DVP88tHb4yqxEaf7

The meeting will be under an hour and include a presentation showing the proposed Weir Hill Gateway improvement designs, as well as pictures of similar example projects from other towns. The presentation will be followed by questions, which the public can ask directly or submit through a chat function. The public’s engagement with this project and questions help to inform how we can best improve a crucial recreational amenity in town to serve resident needs. Please join us on January 20th to learn more!

Information about this project and other Community Preservation Committee projects can be found here:

https://www.northandoverma.gov/community-preservation-committee

Please reach out to Dan Beckley, Staff Planner, with any questions at dbeckley@northandoverma.gov.  Thank you, we look forward to your participation. 

North Andover Fire Department Burn Permit Notification

With the burning season approaching (January 15 – May 1) the North Andover Fire Department wanted to send a message out to the residents.  If you had a permit from the 2021 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 www.northandoverma.gov/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 as to 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 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.

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