Merrimack Valley TMA Fall Roundtable Meeting
On Thursday, November 14th, the Merrimack Valley TMA Fall Roundtable convened at the Eisai Research Institute in Andover. During this meeting, Buzz Stapczynski, Andover Town Manager mentioned that the number of monthly building permit applications is at pre-recession levels. Andover will also invest in an Early Childhood Center and an improved water distribution and hydrant flushing system. The town manager will recommend a 2.5% increase to water & sewer rates. The rate will be set by the selectmen sometime in January or February 2014.
Planning Director Paul Materazzo spoke about the new credit card payment system for the Town of Andover. Starting the first week in December, the First Data FD300 Terminal system will be available for permit payments by credit card for fees up-to $500 at the planning department counter. Larger payments can still be made online. This terminal can track as many as 99 transactions at the same location and each business owner will receive an individual statement and printed receipt.
Mr. Materazzo gave a special thanks to all town businesses and the TMA, especially Bill Robichaud of HP for their advocacy.
Mr. Materazzo also noted the town is struggling with the location for medical marijuana dispensing locations. He noted that the River Road and Dascomb Road industrial areas are under consideration for this use. Andrea Leary told members that she will keep abreast of this situation and keep members informed.