Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Townspeople

September 19, 2013

Town border in order? We'll drink to that!

If you had any doubts, rest assured. The town boundary between Andover and North Andover is in proper order — at least for the next five years.

Andover town leaders joined their counterparts in North Andover over the weekend in carrying out their obligations under a 19th century state law to perambulate — or inspect — the shared border between the two communities every five years.

The Saturday meeting at the town line included a ceremonial painting of the granite marker with the year of the perambulation and initials of both communities.

The granite marker is close to the sign identifying the town border — on Route 133/Haverhill Street between the YMCA and Route 114.

In keeping with tradition, the outing included a spirited sparkling water toast to a successful meeting at the town bounds.

Had they not fulfilled their duties under the 1896 law, selectmen would have risked a nominal fine, Andover selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli said.

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