Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 9, 2013

Youth Center scores key funding

Special Town Meeting vote takes project to $5.4M


Not all comments on the project were positive, however. Several questions were raised on how the $700,000 appropriation affected the town’s prior agreement with the Andover Youth Foundation, made at a 2011 Special Town Meeting.

In the agreement, the foundation agreed to provide the first $2.2 million needed to pay for the project, with the town committing $2 million after the foundation put in its share.

In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s vote, many felt the use of the trust fund was in violation of that agreement. That drove two Finance Committee members to oppose the article.

With Tuesday night’s vote, the initial agreement will have to be amended, according to Andover Town Counsel Tom Urbelis. How it will change, however, is not clear. But one requirement will stand: the Andover Youth Foundation will have all its money raised before a shovel hits the ground.

The project will also not go out to bid until the agreement has been revised, according to building committee Chairman Chris Huntress.

To date, the Andover Youth Foundation has raised $2.7 million, Huntress said. With the town’s latest contribution, the project now has $5.4 million to proceed.

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