Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 19, 2013

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

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.