This issue he writes about a recent opinion survey done in town by UMass Lowell that had 555 responses. Folks griped about speeding cars, unsupervised youth, housing diversity, lack of large retail stores, public transportation and sidewalks as areas that need improvement.
The survey’s positive findings reported Andover’s quality of life is excellent, the town is safe, the schools are good and community engagement is high. The 2012 Andover Citizens Survey is on the town’s website, andoverma.gov.
– Judy Wakefield
Rezoning? Don’t mess with
the Big Guy
During a presentation on rezoning the present Town Yard location, officials were looking over a map of the town’s Golden Triange — an area near downtown Andover shaped like a triangle by North Main, Pearson and Railroad streets.
A Town Meeting proposal is expected to consider rezoning the area to introduce new uses to the land.
During the discussion, selectmen started reviewing pieces of land on Pearson Street that aren’t included in the project’s study area. They’re located adjacent to a number of other properties, including St. Augustine Parish on Essex Street.
“And what are those two?” Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia asked. “Those two are...”
He paused as Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski weighed in.
“It’s the church parking lot,” Stapczynski said.
“Oh, right, right,” Salafia responded. “Don’t want to mess with God.”
— Dustin Luca
Stapcyznski speaks at mayors and manager’s breakfast
Community leaders gathered at Andover Country Club last Friday, Jan. 11, for the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayors and Manager’s Breakfast.
The breakfast featured town and city managers and mayors from Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Haverhill, Lowell, Amesbury and Newburyport.
At the breakfast, Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski updated the crowd on Andover’s recent efforts to improve the town’s business climate, including the creation of the Economic Development Council and the upcoming Town Meeting vote on new zoning districts for two Andover Interstate 93 interchanges.