Andover is looking for volunteers to serve on a number of boards and committees in town.

There are nearly 30 boards and committees that rely on the service of resident volunteers to help provide direction on a number of areas and issues.

“Our board and committee volunteers are such an asset to town government,” Select Board Chairwoman Laura Gregory said in a written statement. “The perspectives that our volunteers offer is crucial to Andover’s town process and to preserve the connection between our residents and town government.”

Many vacancies open up on June 30 of each year, but the Town is always looking for volunteers to submit their interests through Andover’s Talent Bank Form.

The Talent Bank Form allows individuals to submit which boards and committees that they may be interested in serving. If there is not a vacancy, forms are kept on file for when a spot opens up.

The form can be found at www.andoverma.gov/volunteer and provides outlines of all of the boards and committees in town. It also allows users to provide their availability and background so that they can be matched with the right committee.

“Serving on a Board or Committee is a great way to participate in the local government process,” Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in the statement. “Leveraging the skills and talents of those in our community is a critical component to the government structure in Andover. The contributions of our appointed volunteers are essential to the success of our organization and ensure the quality of our work.”

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The following boards and committees currently have vacancies:

Town Governance Study Committee – A new committee that will be charged with studying and proposing beneficial amendments to the town’s charter, bylaws, and governing practice as they relate to Andover’s form of government and governance. The committee is composed of seven residents, the Town Clerk and the Town Moderator.

Commission on Disability – The commission addresses Andover’s disability needs for the town, its residents, visitors and families with disabilities. They are expanding membership and looking for four additional members.

Economic Development Council – The council develops and implements a proactive economic development strategy that addresses issues relating to economic development, business retention and job creation. The focus of the council is to ensure that businesses thrive in Andover as well as attract businesses to town.

Board of Health – The board is responsible for enforcing state health, sanitary, and environmental codes. They are looking for one member with a preferred background in environmental health or engineering. The board is also looking to appoint two volunteers to represent them to Biosafety Committees at local life sciences institutions. Ideal candidates for this role will have a science background, preferably in biomedical engineering, microbiology, biology or life sciences.

Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee – This group provides advisory support and makes recommendations to address the requirements and needs of all town and school buildings.

Council on Aging – The council provides input and guidance to the town and the Elder Services Division, which coordinates and carries out programs designed to meet the needs of the elderly.

Ballardvale Historic District Committee – The commission ensures that changes made within Ballardvale are harmonious to the district, and prevents changes that might take away from its aesthetic and historic values.

Andover Housing Partnership Committee – The committee aims to address wide-ranging housing issues in Andover by recommending to boards the steps needed to keep Andover affordable and accessible.

Elderly and Disabled Tax Fund Committee – This committee assists in the distribution of funds donated by taxpayers who elect to voluntarily donate to the Elderly and Disabled Tax Fund on their tax bills.

Contact Tonia Magras in the Town Manager’s Office at tonia.magras@andoverma.us or by phone at 978-623-8210 with any questions.

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