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Town government

Town Meeting form of government with three selectmen. Town Meeting is held first Monday in May; elections, second Monday in May. Find town information, news and a calendar on the town Web site.

Selectmen's office, 4 School St., 978-346-8862, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Town Clerk: Pat True, 2 School St., 978-346-8013. Register to vote here and license your dog. Licenses are $10 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $20 for unsprayed/unneutered, due by April 1. A $20 late fee added after June 1. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Paying taxes: The tax rate is $10.80 per $1,000 of valuation. Bills are issued quarterly. Information, 978-346-8824. Carol McLeod, finance director/treasurer, 4 School St. Hours 8 a.m. to 3 pm.

Green spaces:

Indian Head Park, Lake Attitash. Purchase resident parking stickers at selectmen's office for $5. State boat ramp on Attitash Avenue open to all.

Stevens ball field, Locust Street; soccer field, Emery Street; Town Forest, off Winter Street; McLaren walking trail, starts behind Training Field on Church Street.

For senior citizens: Council on Aging, Senior Center and van, 100 East Main St., 978-346-9549. Activities and meals, health checks, exercise, bingo and other social activities. Director Laura Dillingham-Mailman.

Library: Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St., 978-346-9441. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September through May. Closed Sunday.

To report a pothole: Highway Department, Highway Foreman Gunner Sande, 16 East Main St., 978-346-8939.

Recycling: Weekly trash collection for residents with stickers for $1.50 available at Merrimac Country Store, Towne Market and Richdale's. Recycling collected curbside every other week according to address. Contact Selectmen's office at 978-346-8862 for guidelines.

Services: Town-generated electricity and water, 978-346-8311; Adelphia Cable TV, KeySpan Gas, Verizon phone service. Town sewer commission. The wastewater treatment plant is 50 Federal St.

Scouting: Boy Scouts, Yankee Clipper Council, Haverhill, 978-372-0591. Girl Scouts, Spar and Spindle Council, North Andover, 978-689-8015.

In emergencies:

For police and fire emergencies, call 911.

Fire Department, Fire Chief Ralph W. Spencer, 978-346-8211 (business).

Police Department, Police Chief James A. Flynn Jr., 978-346-8321 (business).

Both departments are located at 16 E. Main St.


Public: The town is a member, with Groveland and West Newbury, of the Pentucket Regional School District, with pre-school through grade 12. Acting Superintendent Dr. Peter McGinn , 978-363-2280, 22 Main St., West Newbury.

Helen R. Donaghue Elementary, 24 Union Street Extension, Principal Robert Harrison, 978-346-8921.

Frederick N. Sweetsir Elementary (Pre-K to 2), 104 Church St., Principal Angela B. Jervey, 978-346-8319.

Pentucket Regional Middle and Senior High, Main Street, W. Newbury. High School Principal Arlene C. Townes, 978-363-5507.

Middle school Principal Renzo A. Binaghi, 978-363-2957.


Catholic: Church of the Nativity, Green Street, 978-346-8604. Rev. Edward Sherry, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Congregational: Pilgrim Congregational, 27 Church St., 978-346-8400. Rev. Gary Greene, pastor.

Methodist: Merrimacport United Methodist Church, 39 High St., 978-346-8818. Rev. Pamela Maden, pastor. Sunday service, 11 a.m.

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