Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Forgue won't seek re-election

School Committee seat will be up for grabs in March


Selectman Mary Lyman said she will be among those on the ballot. She said she intends to seek another three-year term because she feels that the town’s public works employees need a new facility to work in.

“We haven’t figured the town yard,” she said, referring to the hodgepodge campus of public works buildings in the middle of downtown near the train station. “A safe working environment for the employees is huge.”

Lyman also said her next term on the board would likely be one of transition for the town, with the possible hiring of a new town manager. Current Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski’s contract is due to expire on June 30, 2015.

In addition, she said selectmen are currently looking to hire a new town accountant (see related story, page 5) and a new plant and facilities director.

“In general, there’s a lot of transition in the town in the next few years,” she said, adding that she is still waiting to hear from Stapczynski on the hiring of a new plant and facilities director.

The position is currently held by Chris Cronin, who serves in an acting capacity. Former director Joe Piantedosi announced his retirement in 2010, but stayed on until 2011. His departure prompted a new look at the organization of the department, with Stapczynski saying he wanted to merge the public works and plant and facilities departments under one director.

Lyman, a 55-year-old mother of three sons ranging in age from 17 to 23, said she was working part-time during her last campaign for a selectman’s seat. Now she has a full-time job, which she said will require some careful balancing during election season. She has not yet heard of any opponents interested in challenging her.

“At this point, I will be running,” she said. “I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’ll figure it out.

Other positions that are up for election in March are:

Moderator, one-year term; currently held by Sheila Doherty. She could not be reached for comment last week.

Andover Housing Authority, five-year term; James Cuticchia is running for re-election.

Trustees of the Punchard School, three-year terms; currently held by Donald Schroeder and James Sutton.

For more information on the election process, call Town Clerk Larry Murphy at 978-623-8255.

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