About 300 residents approved next year's town budget, and approved additional money to study options for creating a new Municipal Services Facility and renewable energy facilities on town land, during the first night of Andover's 2011 Annual Town Meeting.
Voters also amended parking bylaws to be more new business-friendly, lowering the number of spaces new business will need to move into the downtown district.
Turnout was low on Wednesday night, April 27, with many empty seats throughout the high school's field house. No official numbers on voter turnout were available immediately after the first night's meeting, but 279 voters were counted during the renewable energy facility vote, which was narrowly approved, 154 to 125.
Six articles were withdrawn during the first night. All other articles, leading up to article 31, were voted on and the full list of results is included below.
Town Meeting will continue Thursday night, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Field House at Andover High School. Registered voters are encouraged to arrive early. Articles that have not yet been voted on include bylaw amendments for an Open Space Residential Design special permit, for creating a new business overlay district on River Road and to ban bow-hunting on public, town-owned land in Andover.
No. Article name, Result
1 Annual Town Election, informational only
2 Election Not Required by Ballot, passed by majority
3 Salaries of Elected Officials, passed by majority
4FY-2012 Budget, passed by majority
Budget motion: Public Safety, passed by majority
Budget motion: Gen. Govt., passed by majority
Budget motion: Public Works, passed by majority
Budget motion: Plant/Facilities, passed by majority
Budget motion: Library, passed by majority
Budget motion: Community, Youth and Elderly Services, passed by majority
Budget motion: Unclassified, passed by majority
Budget motion: Public Schools, passed by majority