The Town of Lawrence Massachusetts


Lawrence is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River. Local manufacturing products include electronic equipment, textiles, footwear, paper products, computers and foodstuffs. Lawrence was the residence of Robert Frost during the poet’s early school years. His first essays and poems were published in the Lawrence High School Bulletin.

Europeans first settled the Haverhill area in 1640, with colonists from Newbury following the Merrimack River in from the coast. Aside from the Merrimack River, other water features include the Spicket and Shawsheen rivers. The highest point in Lawrence is the top of Tower Hill in the city’s northwest corner. Den Rock Park is a wooded conservation district, offering recreation for nature lovers and rock climbers alike.

Lawrence lies along Interstate 495, which passes through the eastern portion of the city. There are three exits entirely within the city, though two more provide access from just outside the city limits. The town is also served by Route 28 passing from south to north through the city, and Route 110, which passes from east to west. Route 114 also has its western terminus at Route 28 at the Merrimack River. Lawrence is the site of four road crossings and a railroad crossing over the Merrimack, including the O’Leary Bridge (Route 28), a railroad bridge, the Casey Bridge, the Duck Bridge and the double-decked O’Reilly Bridge.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Lawrence, Massachusetts

If a tree falls in a forest, the age-old question asks, can it be said to really make a sound? Though most people normally don’t think of trees as hazards, an astute property manager recognizes the potential for hazard and liability, just as one does with displaced sidewalk slabs or wet floors. Why is it so important for the property management company to recognize the importance of tree maintenance and safety? Property managers are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on the site. Property managers also represent the first line of defense with regard to maintenance issues. If there are trees adjacent to pedestrian areas, this creates potential issues. A good property manager will pay sufficient attention to this issue, so as to avert any unfortunate yet preventable incident or injury to someone living, working or visiting the property. Does whoever has been in charge of managing your property know his responsibilities regarding the trees on the properties being managed? Is he familiar with any tree ordinances in effect in the municipality? The International Property Maintenance Code (IMPC) does not directly address tree maintenance, but it does require that exterior property areas be maintained and also be free of hazardous conditions. While the IMPC does not define what constitutes a hazardous condition, it would be difficult to contest a diseased or damaged tree within striking distance of a pedestrian walkway. Simply by virtue of being on-the-ball and appropriately diligent, your property manager can truly be a lifesaver.