UPDATED Ayer Town Hall and all Town Buildings will be closed to the public on Monday, March 16 through Monday, May 4

TOWN OF AYER - IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTIFICATION

(Coronavirus COVID-19 Information)

Issued March 14, 2020

Updated by the Ayer Board of Selectmen on March 17, 2020
Updated by the Town Manager’s Office on March 20, 2020
Updated by the Town Manager’s Office on March 24, 2020
Updated by the Town Manager's Office on March 30, 2020
Valid through May 4, 2020

Town of Ayer to Suspend Nonessential Town Programs and Services

The Town of Ayer, through its Ayer Board of Selectmen and Public Safety and Public Health Professionals, is taking a number of proactive steps out of an overabundance of caution to limit the spread of COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization declared to be a global pandemic and prompted President Trump to declare a national emergency on March 13, 2020.

Town of Ayer Departments have put the following measures in place:

  • Ayer Town Hall and all Town Buildings and all outside Town-owned Parks and Recreational facilities including Pirone Park; Sandy Pond Beach; and the Ayer Dog Park will be closed to the public through Monday, May 4, 2020. There is a secure white drop box at the Columbia Street side entrance of Town Hall, where documents/plans can be dropped.  Directly across from the white box, there is a secure silver drop box for Tax Payments.
  • The Annual Town Election has been moved from Monday April 27, 2020 to Tuesday June 2, 2020 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Ayer Town Hall.  This will also coincide with the Special State Election (State Rep. Seat) for Precinct 2.

Note:  Per the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, the High School Campus including the fields, track, and tennis courts are closed to the public through May 4.

  • All Town Hall Offices will be staffed during this public closure during normal hours of operation and are available via telephone and/or email to assist the public.  For a directory of contacts please go to the Town’s website at ayer.ma.us and click “Departments” on the dark blue ribbon.
  • The public may make payments to the Town of Ayer by use any of the options below:
  • Mail                                      Ayer Town Hall, 1 Main Street Ayer, MA  01432
  • Online                                  www.ayer.ma.us/pay
  • Outside Town Hall             There is a secure Drop Box located outside the Columbia Street Entrance of the Town Hall.  At this time, all payments and/or Town related documents may be placed in this secure drop box.

Payments for the following can be made by any of the methods listed above:  Excise, Personal Property & Real Estate Taxes; Water and Sewer Payments; Transfer Station Stickers; Road and Trench Opening Permits; Vital Records and Dog Licenses; Parks Programs; Municipal Liens; Building, Electric, Gas and Plumbing Permits. 

  • All public meetings are cancelled through April 7, 2020, with the exception of the Board of Selectmen, who will be meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 6:00PM to approve the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting.  (Remote participation will again be available for residents).
  • Beginning April 8, the Town will begin to offer remote public participation meetings for other Town Boards, Commissions, and Committees on a priority basis as needed.  These meeting must be conducted remotely with public participation in accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Order related to the Open Meeting Law.Beginning April 8, the Town will begin to offer remote public participation meetings for other Town Boards, Commissions, and Committees on a priority basis as needed.  These meeting must be conducted remotely with public participation in accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Order related to the Open Meeting Law.
     
  • Ayer Fire Department               978-772-8231 (non-emergency)
    The building is closed to the public until May 4, 2020.  Emergency services will continue without any interruption or change.  All training classes are suspended until re-evaluation on May 4th; most inspections are suspended until May 4th and will be re-evaluated at that time.  Call the Fire Station with questions on inspections that are required to be conducted and arrangements may be made on a case by case basis.
     
  • Ayer Police Department            978-772-8200 (non-emergency)
    The Ayer Police Department remains open.  Emergency services will continue without any interruption or change. 
     
  • Department of Public Works     978-772-8240
    The Ayer DPW will remain fully staffed and will respond to public requests and emergencies as needed. The Ayer Transfer Station will remain open during normal hours of operation. 

For DPW business issues you can:

Call                                       Ayer DPW at 978-772-8240
Email                                    Ayer DPW at DPW@ayer.ma.us
Mail                                      Payments & applications to DPW, 25 Brook St, Ayer
Online Payments               www.ayer.ma.us/pay
Outside Town Hall             There is a secure Drop Box located outside the Columbia Street Entrance of the Town Hall.At this time, all payments and/or Town related documents may be placed in this secure drop box.
 

  • Ayer Transfer Station                978-772-8240
    The Transfer Station will remain open during normal hours of operation.   In accordance with the Governor’s Emergency Declaration and Social Distancing requirements, the Swap Shed will be closed temporarily.  
  • Council on Aging                       978-772-8260
    The Ayer Council on Aging will be closed to the public. The COA van service will continue to provide transportation for essential services only (medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacies, etc.).   Hot lunches can be delivered, please call to be placed on the delivery list.  COA Staff will be available via phone at 978-772-8260, Monday through Friday during normal hours of operation to assist Seniors.
  • Public Library                           978-772-8250
    The Library building is closed, and library book drops are locked.  Please keep all borrowed materials at home; loan periods will be extended, and no late fees will be charged until further notice.  Library staff are checking voicemail, email, and social media on a daily basis to answer questions and assist with access to the Library’s online collections of eBooks, digital magazines, and other resources.  Links to helpful resources will be posted periodically on the Library’s website  - https://ayerlibrary.org – and on the Library’s Facebook page.
     
  • Town Clerk’s Office                   978-772-8215
    • Dog Licenses can still be obtained by paying online and by mail as described here 
    • Birth, Death and Marriage certificates can be obtained by paying online and by mail as described here
    • Marriage licenses, for those looking to get married within the next 60 days, can contact the Clerk’s Office me by phone or by e-mail to request an appointment.
    • Individuals that need to drop off nomination papers for State elected positions (deadline of Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.) or Federal elected positions (deadline of Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5 p.m.) are please asked to do the following:

Mail - Candidates can mail their nomination papers if the deadline is not approaching. If you would like the papers mailed back to you, please include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope.  We advise candidates use an appropriate mail/parcel service to ensure timely delivery.

Drop Box - Candidates are asked to attach their contact information to the nomination papers. For state nomination papers, we will need to know who to contact regarding the pick-up of the papers.  A receipt (through email or fax) can be requested.   

  • Mail - Candidates can mail their nomination papers if the deadline is not approaching. If you would like the papers mailed back to you, please include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope.  We advise candidates use an appropriate mail/parcel service to ensure timely delivery.
  • Drop Box - Candidates are asked to attach their contact information to the nomination papers. For state nomination papers, we will need to know who to contact regarding the pick-up of the papers.  A receipt (through email or fax) can be requested.  
  • Parks Department                    978-772-8217
    Spring and summer programs offered through the Parks Department will continue to accept registrations with the anticipation of starting them as scheduled.  Should a program need to be cancelled, a refund will be given.  Outside Town-owned Parks and Recreational facilities including Pirone Park; Sandy Pond Beach; and the Ayer Dog Park will be closed to the public until May 4, 2020.

General Information

  • On March 23, 2020  Governor Charlie Baker modified a previous Order given on March 15th, which now  bans gatherings of more than 10 people in Massachusetts. The ban includes, but is not limited to community, civic, public and leisure gatherings, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 25 or more persons in a single room or space. This order also banned on-site consumption of food and/or alcohol and has limited all restaurants to only takeout and delivery.
  • Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. For More Information:  visit mass.gov/covid19
  • In conjunction with Governor Baker’s March 23 Emergency Order, the Department of Public Health has issued an advisory for state residents “to stay home and limit all unnecessary activities.”
  • This Public Notification will be updated as information, events, and/or circumstances warrant.  Please do not hesitate to contact the BOS/Town Manager’s Office at 978-772-8220 or tm@ayer.ma.us or atm@ayer.ma.us for any questions about this Public Notification.
  • The Town of Ayer continues to make decisions in consultation with the guidance issued from the Center for Disease Control, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and our Professional Public Safety and Public Health Personnel.  These decisions are in the best interests of the public safety and public health of all Ayer Residents during this unprecedented time.