Election papers

available Feb. 2

DRACUT — Although it seems like a long way off, residents can begin thinking about a run for public office as nomination papers become available on Feb. 2. Town Clerk Kathleen Graham said prospective candidates need to gather 50 signatures and turn them in by March 16 for their names to appear on the May 4 ballot.

With the exception of town moderator (one-year term) and Housing Authority commissioner (five-year term), all other terms are three years. There are two open spots on the School Committee; one seat is up on the Board of Selectmen. There are two open spots on the Board of Library Trustees. Dracut’s seat on the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee will also be contested.

In the Dracut Water Supply District, which is a separate entity from the town, one commissioner seat is open, as well as district moderator.

Library holding

glove-mitten drive

DRACUT — The Moses Greeley Parker Library is sponsoring a glove-and-mitten drive to benefit the families at the Dracut Food Pantry. New gloves, mittens, hats and scarves will be distributed to clients of all ages, from babies to seniors, at the pantry’s opening on Jan. 24. Drop off donated items at the library by Jan. 23. All sizes and styles are welcome.

Christmas tree

recycling sites

DRACUT — Christmas trees only may be dropped off for recycling at the following locations until Feb. 3:

* Council on Aging parking lot on Mammoth Road;

* Tree Department parking lot on Lakeview Avenue;

* Hovey ballfield parking lot on Pleasant Street;

* Town Hall lower parking lot on Arlington Street;

* Richardson Cemetery driveway on Broadway Road;

* Varnum Cemetery driveway on Parker Road;

* The Cemetery Department parking lot on Leavitt Street.

No wreaths please and remove all bags and plastic netting before disposal.

Ice-storm debris

collection notice

DRACUT — To assist the residents with the cleanup of tree branches from the ice storm of Dec. 12, residents can pull the fallen branches to the shoulder of the roadway and the Dracut Public Works Department will clean up the debris during the winter months. Please note this does not include Christmas trees.

Winter parking

rules in effect

DRACUT — Residents are reminded that the town is currently operating under winter parking regulations to aid the removal of snow and ice.

In order to keep the streets and ways open to the motoring public, and for the public safety of the entire community, the following town bylaw will be strictly enforced throughout the winter months.

It shall be unlawful for the operator or person in charge of any vehicle, other than acting in an emergency, to park that vehicle on any public street on any day between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1 to March 15.

For any violation of this provision, an offender may be punished by a fine not exceeding $15.