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INCORPORATED 1775

TOTAL AREA: 22.99 Square Miles

FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Board of Selectmen/Town Administrator/
Open Town Meeting

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TOWN SERVICES:   

 TOWN CONTACTS (updated December 4, 2014)

Board of Selectmen: (978) 433-0333  selectmen@town.pepperell.ma.us

Michael Green - Chair Stephen Themelis Michelle Gallagher

Planning Board: (978) 433-0336  planning@town.pepperell.ma.us

Anna McDonald - Chair Albert Patenaude Jr. - Clerk Joseph Helfter
George Clark Matthew Nesbit - NMCOG Rep  

Town Department Contacts:

Town Administrator Mark Andrews (978) 433-0333
Town Clerk Lisa Ferelito (978) 433-0339
Planning Administrator Susan Snyder (978) 433-0336
Town Engineer Ken Kalinowski (978) 433-0327
Chief of Police Chief David Scott (978) 433-2424
Chief of Fire Department Chief Toby Tyler (978) 433-2113
Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Drahusz (978) 970-4171

Conservation Commission: (978) 433-0325  conservation@town.pepperell.ma.us

Robert T. Elliot  - Chair Kristina Masterson Linda Moody
Robert Rand Patricia Swain Rice Jeffrey Sauer
Peter Steeves    

    Public Water Systems:
    Approximately 70% of Pepperell is serviced by town water. The Town’s average water demand in 1996 was 1.2 million gallons per day. Water supply is provided by three public wells, one located on Bemis Road and two on Jersey Street. A fourth well is planned to be located off Lawrence St. 

    Trash Collection:
    The Town operates a transfer station on Boynton St. In FY 99, the Town generated 950 tons in solid waste. Total recyclables received at the transfer station totaled 724 tons. 

    Sewer:
    Public sewer serves approximately 45% of Pepperell households. The system includes 50 miles of sewer lines, all installed since 1978. The Town operates a wastewater treatment plant which discharges treated wastewater into the Nashua River. The plant has design capacity of 705,000 gallons per day. In 1998, the plant operated at 66% capacity treating an average daily flow of 371,200 gallons per day from Pepperell and 140,100 gallons per day from Groton. 

    Library:
    Pepperell’s Lawrence Library in FY2000 had holdings of 58,000 volumes and circulation of 120,000. 

    Schools:
    Pepperell, along with the towns of Townsend and Ashby, is a member of the North Middlesex Regional School District. The district provides four schools for Pepperell children – the Peter Fitzpatrick Elementary School, the Varnum Brook Elementary School, the Nissitissit Middle School, and the Northern Middlesex Regional High School. The school districts 2008-2009 enrollment was around 4,400 pupils. Pepperell is also member community for the Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

    Public Safety:
    18 permanent uniformed officers staff Pepperell Police Dept. The Fire Dept. is a volunteer department with a full-time Captain and 39 firefighters on call overseen by a 3-member Board of Fire Engineers.

    Chief of Police: Chief David Scott (978) 433-2424

    Chief of Fire Department: Chief Toby Tyler (978) 433-2113  Email: fire@town.pepperell.ma.us

    Rail:
    Commuter rail service to North Station, Boston is available at Lowell Gallagher Terminal or at North Billerica Station (Travel time 40 minutes). Freight rail service is available from the Springfield Terminal Railway, contact number: (978) 663 – 1073.   

    TAX RATE (2012): Residential - $15.86 per $1,000, Commercial- $15.86 per $1,000

Community Census Profiles:  2010 Census data  is currently becoming available in sections.  Tables will be updated as new data is received.  The 2000 Census Tables that have not been updated as of yet will remain below. Updated 1/25/12.

2010 Population Trends: Includes Community Population, Population by Age and Population by Race,

2010 Housing Profile: Includes Housing Units, Housing Occupancy, and Housing Tenure

2010 Household Relationship Profile: Includes Number of Households, Household Relationships, and Households by Type

2006-2010 ACS Economic Profile: Includes ACS estimates for Employment Status, Commuting to Work, Occupation, Income, and Poverty Levels

Median Home Sale Price (Banker & Tradesman) 


1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

1 – Family

$135,000

$30,500

$145,250

$162,500

$232,000

Condo

$75,000

$43,500

$52,500

$80,000

$116,000

All Sales

#123,000

$116,250

$138,000

$150,000

$217,000

Housing Unit Permit Data 

1990

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

23

48

73

77

42

74

LAND USE CLASSIFICATION (Mass. GIS 2005)  

Pepperell Land Use Acreage (acres) Percentage of Total
Residential 4,013.63 27.0
Commercial 46.23 0.3
Industrial 87.58 0.6
Developed 4,397.52 29.6
Undeveloped 10,449.41 70.4
Total Acreage 14,846.93 100.0

 

RECREATION  

Pepperell Parks & Recreation Commission
Gayle Bosworth - Recreation Director
C/O Town Hall
1 Main St
Pepperell, MA 01463
(978) 433 – 0324 
recreation@town.pepperell.ma.us 

Recreational Facilities 

Nissitissit River W.M.A (294 Acres)
Cross country skiing, fresh water fishing, hiking, hunting, nature observation, and snowmobiling 

Hays and Swett Lots (125 Acres)
Non-motorized boating, cross country skiing, fresh water fishing, hiking, hunting, nature observation, snowmobiling, target archery. 

Conservation Commission Land Trust (100 Acres)
Cross country skiing, fresh water fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and nature observation. 

Town Forest (83 Acres)
Cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature observation, picnicking 

Orchard Lot (80 Acres)
ATV motoring, cross-country skiing, hiking, nature observation, picnicking, sight seeing, snowmobiling 

Means Of Transportation To Work   - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000)

Subject

1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers 16 years & over 5,123 100.0 5,860 100.0 737 14.4
Drove alone 4,290 83.7 5,053 86.2 763 17.8
Carpooled 508 9.9 499 8.5 -9 -1.8
Public transportation (including taxicab) 29 0.6 50 0.9 21 72.4
Bicycle or walked 87 1.7 43 0.7 -44 -50.6
Motorcycle or other means 25 0.5 8 0.1 -17 -68.0
Worked at home 184 3.6 207 3.5 23 12.5

 Travel Time To Work - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000)

Subject

1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers who did not work at home 4,930 100.0 5,653 100.0 714 14.5
Less than 5 minutes 150 3.0 130 2.3 -20 -13.3
5 to 9 minutes 453 9.2 412 7.3 -41 -9.1
10 to 14 minutes 539 10.9 499 8.8 -40 -7.4
15 to 19 minutes 427 8.6 451 8.0 24 5.6
20 to 29 minutes 970 19.6 987 17.5 17 1.8
30 to 44 minutes 1,291 26.1 1,348 23.8 57 4.4
45 or more minutes 1,109 22.5 1,826 32.3 717 64.7
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 28.8 X 34.8 X 6.0 X

MEDIA:


Lowell Sun
15 Kearney Square, Lowell, 01852
(978) 458 – 7100 

Pepperell Free Press
P.O. Box 362, Ayer, Ma 01432
(978) 433 – 8681     

The Merrimack Journal
1794 Bridge Street, Unit 27B, Dracut, Ma 01826  (978) 441-2770

REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY:

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
40 Church Street Suite 200
Lowell MA 01852
Beverly Woods, Executive Director
Phone: (978) 454 – 8021
Fax: (978) 454 – 8023