The cornonavirus threat is keeping voters from deciding who will lead Andover in the immediate future, and whether the town will pay millions for improvements to schools and the water system.

The town election, which was scheduled for this week, is postponed indefinitely, as is the annual Town Meeting.

The Select Board voted March 16 to seek state approval to postpone the election. Two days later, the board obtained a court order allowing indefinite postponement of both the election and Town Meeting.

The court order allows the Select Board to set new dates. Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said the board will consider setting a new date for the election in two weeks.

In the election, nine people are running for six positions. Three candidates — Amy Hafensteiner, Lauren Conoscenti and Shishan Wang — are vying for one open School Committee seat. Two candidates — incumbent Laura Gregory and challenger Stephen Prochniak — are running for one Select Board post.

In the election's uncontested races, Paul MacKay and Donald Schroeder are vying for two open Punchard Free School trustee seats. Sheila Doherty is running for moderator. Margaret O'Connor is running for a seat on the Andover Housing Authority.

At this year's Town Meeting, voters will gather to consider 49 warrant articles.

The questions include a proposed redevelopment of the Mill District and whether to spend $19.6 million for capital projects, including $6 million for water main replacement projects, about $4 million for school projects, $1.5 million to replace the Shawsheen pump station, and $1.1 million for a High Plain/Wood Hill athletic field complex.

 

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