Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 3, 2013

Deadlines loom for busy Town Meeting

Voters expected to tackle zoning, project proposals

Residents hoping to have an idea voted on by Town Meeting or a planned Special Town Meeting only have a week or two left to act.

The deadline to get on the warrant for a Feb. 11 Special Town Meeting is next Friday, Jan. 11, at 4:30 p.m. Residents hoping to get on the warrant must gather 100 signatures for their article before it can go before voters.

Only 10 signatures are needed to get on the Annual Town Meeting warrant. Two private articles are already collecting signatures for the April 29 meeting, though the deadline for submitting an article is now two weeks away — Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

The Special Town Meeting, to be held at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, will address a multi-million dollar budget gap facing the Bancroft Elementary School project. Two articles relating to the Cormier Youth Center are also expected. (See story, page 2)

TOWN MEETING TO FEATURE PROJECTS, PROPOSALS

Annual Town Meeting, usually running at least two days long, will feature a number of projects and proposals, according to officials.

At the very least, voters will face several capital project requests totaling around $10.5 million, including $2 million in land purchases, according to Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.

An article proposing a zoning change for part of downtown Andover is also expected. Through it, residents will consider rezoning the existing Town Yard space on Lewis Street for some form of residential, commercial or mixed use zoning combining the two.

There are two request for proposals on the street for the town to buy land for a new Ballardvale Fire Station and Town Yard. Because all proposals must be returned prior to Town Meeting, any strong offers for either project could come before Town Meeting voters, Stapczynski said.

While locking up land for a new Town Yard is “probably not high on the list,” Stapczynski said the town will “have to see how that process goes.”

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