Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 9, 2013

Selectmen back, others balk at new youth center plan


The plan also drew discussion on how much it would be used by seniors. During the meeting, Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said the facility would be available extensively during daytime hours throughout the school year. He characterized availability during the summertime, when school is out, as "a little tricky."

"Our programs run year round. We don't take summer break," Robb said. "Therefore, the idea that you can use it while school is in session doesn't work for our schedule because we can't schedule around something like that."


The two articles coming to Special Town Meeting — including one to move the building by 35 feet to avoid a wetlands restriction — will both be publicly sponsored by the town after a unanimous vote from the Board of Selectmen Monday.

They also voted unanimously in support of the other article removing size references from the 2011 vote. Both votes came with four votes in the affirmative, with Selectman Mary Lyman absent from the meeting.

Special Town Meeting also will address a funding shortfall facing the Bancroft Elementary School Project. Previous estimates put the project around $5 million out of budget, but some construction bids could come in higher than originally projected. The warrant for the meeting closes tomorrow, Friday. To place a private article on it, 100 signatures must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. to the town clerk's office.

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