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Halloween 10/31

Halloween Trick or Treat in Andover will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 5 PM until 7 PM.

Water Division Notice: Fire Flow Testing

SATURDAY October 22, 2016

A Fire Flow Test is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 8:00 A.M. at 100 BRICKSTONE SQUARE. Water may be discolored for a period of time in the HAVERHILL ST., YORK ST., ENMORE ST., BURNHAM RD., and NORTH MAIN ST AREAS. To help alleviate the discoloration problem, please run your outside faucet(s) until the water clears.

Fall Curbside Leaf Collection

Fall Curbside Leaf Collection begins Monday, Oct 17th and will run until Dec 2nd with no collection the week of Thanksgiving. Collections will be on the same day as trash pickups. Please place your leaves in brown paper leaf compost bags or open barrels; the maximum weight is 50 pounds. Please, no rocks, stones, branches or stumps in your leaf bags or open barrels.

**NOTE - the leaf collection truck is a separate truck than the household trash truck.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-623-8350 - Option 1, or email us at

Curbside Leaf Collection - Fall 2016. Click to enlarge.
Curbside Leaf Collection - Fall 2016

LED Streetlight Pilot Program

The Town of Andover has installed eight sample LED streetlights along Bartlet and Chestnut Streets. There are two lights by each manufacturer. American Electric, CREE, General Electric, and Phililps are represented. Each light uses approximately 30 watts, which typically replaces a 75 to 100 watt high pressure sodium old style light.

Please look at the map to see the locations. There is a sign on each light pole where one of the LED’s were mounted. They are mounted in groups of two. All lights are 3000 Kelvin “warm” temperature.

The Town of Andover is happy to hear your comments. Email or call 978-623-8373 to reach Janet Nicosia, Manager of Energy and Utilties.

LED Pilot Program Map. Click to enlarge.
LED Pilot Program Map

Patriotic Concert at the Collins Center - November 4th

The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
at the Collins Center, Andover High School

On Friday, November 4, 2016 the Director of Veterans’ Service Office is hosting a Patriotic Concert at the Collins Center at 7:00 p.m. This is a free concert yet tickets are required.

Tickets are available

Please stop by the Veterans’ Office for tickets. Or mail a self addressed stamped envelope to the Veterans’ Office before October 28th. Mailed requests must be received by the Veterans Office no later than October 28th to ensure processing. Please indicate how many tickets you need – limit 4 per request.
For more information contact: Michael Burke, Director of Veterans' Services (978)623-8218

River Street Sidewalk Construction

Sidewalk Construction is about to begin on a portion of River Street from House # 53 to #83.
McIver Brothers General Contractors, Inc. will be starting this project on Tuesday Oct. 18. Work will continue for approximately 8 weeks. This work may affect traffic in the area. Drivers should seek alternate routes if possible.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact the Engineering Department at 978-623-8350

Drought Advisory - UPDATE

End Water Restrictions

Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce water consumption. Due to a decrease in water demand and an improvement in the Haggetts Pond Reservoir level, the Town is ending outdoor water use restrictions. As the cooler fall weather is upon us, we have seen a decrease in water demands as irrigation systems are being turned off and maintained for the fall/winter months.

Please be aware that our region continues to be under a Drought Warning per the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. A link to the Drought Advisory Status is below.

The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, re-issued a Drought Warning for our region on September 15, 2016. 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 below.

Please email if you have any questions.

More Information:

Drought Management Plan

Mass DEP Drought Watch/Advisory Status

Restricted Water Uses By-Law

Andover Website Survey Results 2016

The Town of Andover would like to thank the 1,460 respondents who took the recent website survey. Andover is in the process of updating its websites and A primary goal is to provide a more unified, user-friendly experience for visitors to these sites and a gateway to all Andover online properties. To help meets these community needs the Town conducted a public survey during the month of May and June 2016. The survey gathered information about how visitors use the site, what features and services they desire, and how they perceive Andover. The updated websites are due to launch in late 2016.

View the Andover Website Survey Results 2016.

2016 Water Main Improvements

The 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.

Update:The week of September 19, 2016, water main construction is scheduled to begin on Chestnut Street between Pasho Street and Avon Street.

Andover Poet Laureate 2016 Call for Entries

Poetry 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

Road Work Updates

ROAD WORK - Updated 09/07/2016

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.

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.

Request for Volunteers

The Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to fill current vacancies on the following committees:

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 For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office. Thank you.

Water and Sewer Rate Changes

At 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 Report

Andover’s Water Quality report for calendar year 2015 is now available at 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.

Gas Main Construction

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is currently installing new gas mains at the following locations:

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 Project

MAS 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 Committee

The 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.

Regular Members
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.

Temporary Members
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.

Public Notice: Cable Television Renewal Proposal

The Town of Andover received a cable television renewal proposal from Verizon of New England, Inc. on May 11, 2016. A copy of the renewal proposal is available in the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. The Board of Selectmen as cable license Issuing Authority will review and accept written comments on the renewal proposal. Comments may be submitted to the Town c/o Deputy Town Manager, Town Hall, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810 or by email.

Vacancies on the Council on Aging Advisory Council

The Council on Aging Advisory Council has four (4) Board positions available this year. If you would like to be a member of this vibrant group, please join us at an upcoming Board meeting scheduled for the second Thursday of the month at 8:00 AM. Meetings are located at the Center at Punchard. If interested, please complete the Talent Bank Form. More Information