Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 28, 2011

UPDATE: Town Meeting concludes; voters reject new special permit for developers


Bow hunting of deer on some town land will be allowed to continue in Andover after town voters rejected a Town Meeting article seeking a ban.

On the second and final night of 2011 Annual Town Meeting, heavy discussion also surrounded articles regarding a special permit for the preservation of historical buildings, and a special permit that would have given developers a new option for designing some subdivisions. Both of these articles also failed.

A private article to create an overlay district on River Road around Campanelli Drive, which received significant discussion in meetings leading up to Town Meeting, was withdrawn. It is expected that the town itself will present a similar article at a future Town Meeting.

Attendance was low, as it had been during the first night of voting, when residents tackled the first 31 articles of this year's warrant. A standing count for one article on Thursday night showed 338 voters in attendance. Official numbers were not available immediately after the meeting.

Among the articles approved, residents voted to appropriate a total of more than $1.9 million to repair town buildings, replace town water mains and to install a variable frequency drive pump in the town's water treatment plant.

More on Town Meeting will be available in next week's edition of the Andover Townsman.

Voting results, 2011 Annual Town Meeting night two

32, Street Acceptance - Winterberry Lane, approved by majority vote on night two.

33, Storm Drain Improvements, approved by manual count on night two; 170 in favor, 72 opposed.

34, Town Building Maintenance and Renovation, approved by majority vote on night two.

35, Zoning By-law Amendment - Dimensional Special Permit / Historic Preservation, failed due to not reaching a two-thirds vote by manual count; 187 in favor, 151 opposed.

36, Balmoral Fence and Masonry Repairs, withdrawn

37, Parking Meter Replacement, withdrawn

38, Spring Grove Cemetery Maintenance, approved by majority vote on night two.

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