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January 27, 2013

Maylor seeking to build new Kittredge School gym

NORTH ANDOVER – Town Manager Andrew Maylor's five-year capital improvement plan calls for building a gymnasium for Kittredge School, rehabilitating the former police station at 566 Main St. into a central office for the schools, acquiring a new ambulance for the Fire Department and eventually constructing a new fire station.

Those are just some of the projects the plan includes. At the same time, Maylor said his goal is to reduce the town's debt service payments to between 4.5 percent and 4.75 percent of the annual budget. The town now pays about 5.45 percent of its budget toward debt service.

Maylor gave the Finance Committee an overview of the capital improvement plan last Tuesday night. The committee did not vote on any aspects of the plan. Finance Committee Chairman Alan LeBovidge said the panel will not vote on the projects until Town Meeting articles have been submitted.

Maylor said the annual Town Meeting, scheduled for May 21, will be asked to appropriate $1,115,000 for road improvements. The state, under the Chapter 90 program, is expected to provide $775,000 of that amount, Maylor said.

Voters will also be asked to approve $375,000 for sidewalk improvements and $260,000 for a new ambulance.

Last year's Town Meeting approved funding for design work for a gym for Kittredge School and rehabilitating the old police station. The May 21 Town Meeting will be asked to approve construction of the gym and transforming the old police station into a headquarters for the schools, Maylor said.

The School Building Committee has been working with architect Thomas Peterman on developing a construction plan for the gym. The cost of the gym has been estimated at $900,000, while the cost of rehabilitating the old police has been placed at $2.7 million.

The School Department now rents offices at 1600 Osgood St. for about $100,000 per year.

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