Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 27, 2013

Town Notebook

Raagini appeals license suspension

Raagini Indian Bistro in Shawsheen Plaza has appealed its 30-day liquor license suspension, according to Town Clerk Larry Murphy.

The Board of Selectmen voted June 17 to suspend the restaurant’s liquor license for a month after a hearing found restaurant manager Jaspreet “Jessi” Pabla intentionally served alcohol to a 17-year-old female employee after hours.

An appeal puts the suspension on hold and triggers a new hearing on the case by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, Murphy said.

Sewer proposal continued

The Board of Selectmen Monday continued discussion on an intermunicipal agreement involving Tewksbury and Lowell that could allow a special needs school on River Road to tie into out-of-town sewer service.

The proposal comes from Melmark New England, a school serving children and adults with autism-spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, neurological diseases and other disorders.

A decision could establish a precedent for future projects. Officials are carefully reviewing the proposal in light of a past intermunicipal agreement in which a sewer line was later used beyond its intended purpose after a property was sold for affordable housing.

Firefighter graduates academy

One of Andover’s bravest was among 68 firefighters who graduated from the 199th class of the state’s Firefighting Academy last Friday, June 21.

Thomas Kennedy III, hired by the town last September, was the lone firefighter from Andover in the graduating class, which represented 32 fire departments state-wide.

“He’s an asset to the organization and we look forward to him having a long career with us,” fire Chief Mike Mansfield said.

Taking accounting stock

Town officials are taking the upcoming retirement of longtime Town Accountant Rod Smith as a chance to possibly update the position. Currently, the town accountant is one of only two positions reporting directly to the Board of Selectmen, the second being the town manager,

Selectmen are reviewing surveys from town employees on how they would like to see the accountant’s position and the accounting department as a whole changed following Smith’s departure. Smith will leave his position in early November.

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