News, Events & Notices
Andover Poet Laureate 2016 Call for EntriesPoetry has long had deep roots in the history of Andover, as the home of Anne Bradstreet, one of America's earliest recognized poets.
In an effort to not only continue that legacy, but also to celebrate and raise the role of poetry in the daily life of the community, the Town of Andover is excited to announce the creation of the post of Poet Laureate. A search is now underway to seek a candidate to serve the position's inaugural two-year term. Candidates must be Andover residents, 18 years and over.
Submissions are due September 30th. Please visit the Andover Laureate webpage for all the details, or contact email@example.com.
State Primary InfoThe State Primary will be held on Thursday September 8, 2016. Polling hours are from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Precincts 1, and 3 will vote at the Center at Punchard (Senior Center) on Whittier Court. Precincts 4, 5 and 6 will vote at the Wood Hill Middle School. Precincts 2, 7 (including sub-precinct 7A), 8 and 9 (including sub-precinct 9A) will vote at the Andover High School Field House on Shawsheen Road. PLEASE NOTE THE POLLING PLACE FOR PRECINCT 2 HAS BEEN CHANGED BACK TO ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL.
The last day and hour to register to vote or to change party affiliation for this election is 5:00 PM on Friday August 19th. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 5:00 PM that day for voter registration.
The last day and hour to apply for an absentee ballot is NOON on Wednesday, September 7th. Absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Voters will be casting their votes for Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councillor, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court and Sheriff for each of Massachusetts’ four political parties; Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow and United Independent. Voters registered in one of these four political parties may only take a ballot for their party. All other voters may choose a ballot for any one of the four political parties.
Voters can check their party registration, precinct and polling place on the Secretary of State’s web site at www.sec.state.ma.us or by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at (978) 623-8255.
Road Surface Markings - Sunday 8/28/16From Municipal Services, Highway Division
Please be advised that road surface markings/line painting will be done on the newly paved roads listed below on Sunday, August 28th starting at 9 p.m.
- Blanchard Street
- Chandler Road
- Gould Road
- Harding Street
- Highland Road
- High Plain Road
- River Street
- Salem Street
- Shawsheen Road
Please avoid traveling these roads during this work. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Highway Department at 978-623-8426.
Road Work UpdatesROAD WORK - Updated 08/26/2016
Please be advised that there will be full and/or partial road closures to facilitate work on the roads listed below with the associated dates. Expect delays and detours. Please seek alternate routes.
Monday, August 29th and Tuesday August 30th: Brookfield Road, Fox Hill Road, Rock Ridge Road and Woodcliff Road.
Periodic Full Road Closure
Ongoing: Water main work in the Corbett Street/Princeton Avenue area with minor detour(s). Work will continue over the next few weeks.
For questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-623-8350.
DROUGHT ADVISORY - Phase 2Continue with Phase 2- Warning
The Town of Andover remains in Phase 2 (Warning) of our Drought Management Plan. Water conservation restrictions for our top 25 users continue, as do the voluntary water conservation of all customers. We have not entered Phase 3 of our drought plan although we continue to monitor water demand and levels in our reservoir and storage tanks as we are concerned about that possibility in the future. Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce water consumption.
Our Drought Management Plan includes the following 4 Phases:
Phase 1, Watch – Initiate public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by largest water users, Restrict outdoor water use by municipality.
Phase 2, Warning – Continue public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by all users, Mandatory conservation by largest water users.
Phase 3, Emergency – Mandatory restrictions with By-Law in effect.
Phase 4, Critical – Maximum mandatory restrictions.
The Town of Andover continuously monitors the water demand and the levels in our water storage tanks and reservoir to ensure that we provide high water quality and fire protection.
On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, issued a Drought Watch for our region. The advisory asks all public water suppliers (including the Town of Andover) to review outdoor water use and implement restrictions of outdoor water use where necessary. A link to the Drought Advisory Status is linked below.
Each year, Andover’s Water Treatment Plant pumps and treats 2.2 billion gallons of water from Haggetts Pond which is fed from the Merrimack River via Fish Brook. During the summer months, water use doubles as a result of lawn watering and the filling of swimming pools. Andover uses approximately 6 million gallons per day during the winter months. In the summer months, the volume of water used more than doubles, to anywhere between 12 and 14 million gallons per day.
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Drought Management Plan
Mass DEP Drought Watch/Advisory Status
Restricted Water Uses By-Law
A sidewalk handicap ramp and granite curb installation is currently underway at the intersection of Ballardvale Road and Woburn Street. This installation will facilitate a safer road crossing for pedestrians in close proximity to South School.
The intersection will be open to pedestrians and traffic during construction with a Police Officer on the scene.
CRT and Electronics CollectionThe Fall CRT and Electronics Collection will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM to 1 PM at West Elementary School located at 58 Beacon Street in Andover, MA. Please note that this collection is intended for Andover Residents only.
-Proof of residency required
-Per Item fees apply (see below)
-Small electronics such as phones, scanners, printers, VCR/DVD players, stereos, speakers, radios etc., are accepted at no charge and also fluorescent bulbs, mercury items as well.
-Business waste NOT accepted
**DO NOT BRING: Propane tanks, large white goods or appliances, inkjet or toner cartridges, alkaline (regular) batteries, household hazardous waste or any paints.
CRT & Electronics FY17 Fall Pricing
Street Paving ProjectsStreet paving projects have begun. Please view the Street Paving List for a list of streets and the type of work that will be done.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Highway Department at 978-623-8426.
Request for VolunteersThe Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to fill current vacancies on the following committees:
- Audit Committee
- Commission on Disability
- Council on Aging
- Cultural Council
- Housing Partnership/Fair Housing Committee
- Housing Trust Fund
- Information Technology Advisory Committee
- Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee
- Planning Board
- Poet Laureate Committee
- Scholarship Committee
- TRIAD Council
If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a board, commission, council, or committee, please fill out a Talent Bank Form and then return it to the Town Manager's Office by e-mail to email@example.com. For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office. Thank you.
Municipal Services Summer NewsletterThe Municipal Services Summer Newsletter is now available!
Read a message from the director, learn about projects around town and much more!
In order to be as green as possible, our seasonal newsletters will be electronic only.
Municipal Services Newsletter-Summer 2016
Water and Sewer Rate ChangesAt the April 11, 2016 Board of selectman’s meeting, with the Board acting as the Water and Sewer Commissioners, it was voted to change our fire suppression fees, and our water and sewer rates to a tiered system. These changes are to take place on July 1, 2016. Please click below for more information.
Water and Sewer Rate Changes
Water Quality ReportAndover’s Water Quality report for calendar year 2015 is now available at andoverma.gov/dpw/waterquality.pdf. Copies are also available at Memorial Hall Library, Town Offices and the Water Treatment Plant.
If you would like a hard-copy of the report mailed to your home, please call the Water Treatment Plant at (978) 623-8350.
2016 Water Main ImprovementsThe Town of Andover’s general contractor, Five Oaks Construction, will be replacing the water main and / or water services in the following areas:
Corbett Street (Princeton Avenue to Route 495 bridge) , Sherbourne Street, Ayer Street, Princeton Avenue, Dartmouth Road, George Street, Cornell Road, Yale Road, Harvard Road, Bowdoin Road, and Amherst Road.
Construction is anticipated to begin the week of June 6, 2016.
Commuter Rail ConstructionAs part of the Haverhill Double Track Project, Keolis Commuter Service and McCourt Construction will be installing a second commuter rail crossing with new signal and track crossing gates at the intersection of Essex and Pearson streets in Andover, Ma. As part of this project Keolis will complete drainage and site improvements in this area which include the removal of the existing drain line; installation of new drainage including catch basins and manholes; new granite curbing, concrete sidewalks and asphalt paving.
The duration of this work is approximately 2 months with the major portion of the work being done in the month of June. Full and partial road closures will be necessary during some portions of the work. Please read Keolis Commuter Service's press release for more details.
Gas Main ConstructionColumbia Gas of Massachusetts is currently installing new gas mains at the following locations:
- Shawsheen Road from Essex Street. to Smithshire Estates
- Cheever Circle, Johnson Road, Shipman Road, Cedar Road, Collidge Road and a portion of Elm Street.
- Union Street, Shepley Street and Binney Street
- Bancroft Road
This work may affect traffic in these areas. Drivers should seek alternate routes if possible.
For more information, please view the Project Map on the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts website.
North Main Street Bridge Replacement ProjectMAS Building and Bridge, Inc. has been contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to remove and replace the Rt. 28 N. Main St. Bridge over the MBTA / PanAm Railroad.
The Project Duration is approximately 30 months beginning in the spring of 2016 and lasting through the fall of 2018. The Project will involve significant coordination efforts on several fronts with entities including Town Engineers, MBTA and PanAm Railroads, MassDOT, Design Consultants, Utility Companies and various specialty Contractors.
Please read the MAS Building and Bridge, Inc. Executive Summary linked below for more details on this project. If there are any questions, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Field Office at 978-475-4385.
N. Main St Bridge-Summary
Seeking Volunteers for Permanent Town Building Advisory CommitteeThe Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to serve as regular members of the Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee (PTBAC). The committee provides advisory support and makes recommendations to address the requirements and needs of all municipal buildings, including school buildings, in the Town of Andover. The committee shall work with the Town Manager and his/her designees to help oversee major building design studies and construction projects having expected aggregate costs exceeding two million dollars. The committee is comprised of five regular members appointed for three-year terms and two or more temporary members appointed to serve during specific projects.
Volunteers interested in serving as regular members on the PTBAC are encouraged to submit a talent bank form prior June 15, 2016.
The committee shall consist of five regular voting members, all serving without compensation. The Town Manager shall endeavor to appoint, to the extent possible, individuals having practical experience and skills and professions that concentrate on the design, construction, management and/or financing of commercial/institutional buildings such as architects; civil engineers; structural engineers; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, building contractors, project managers, property managers, attorneys and building tradespersons, none of whom serve on other regulatory boards within the Town. All regular members shall be residents of the Town of Andover. All regular members shall be appointed for three-year terms by the Town Manager subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen.
For each municipal project, two temporary members shall be appointed who are members, professional employees of the Town, and/or designees of the appointed or elected board or committee sponsoring or requesting a construction or major maintenance project, or in the case of major maintenance initiated by the committee itself, the board or committee whose facility would be the recipient thereof. The temporary members shall be appointed at large for one-year terms by the Town Manager. Temporary members shall have the right to vote on the activities of the committee only with respect to the particular project for which such member was appointed. Depending on the size and scope of the proposed project, additional temporary members associated with the project may be appointed.