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Merrimack Valley

December 30, 2012

Deadlines approaching for Town Meeting articles

Voters on Feb. 11 to consider more Bancroft construction funds

ANDOVER — Town Meetings will be busy this year, and the deadlines are approaching for residents looking for a spot on the warrants.

A Special Town Meeting will be held Feb. 11, 2013 to vote on raising additional funds for the Bancroft Elementary School construction project. The money is needed because of budget shortfalls

The town will also hold its Annual Town Meeting beginning Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The meeting could pave the way for a variety of large and small projects, including replacements for the Ballardvale Fire Station and Town Yard, according to Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski.

It could also consider zoning changes for the existing Town Yard on Lewis Street. A possible zoning change for an elderly housing district in northwest Andover is also on tap, according to Charles Kendrick, co-chair of the Franciscan Housing Overlay District Task Force.

Two articles could also propose minor changes to the Cormier Youth Center construction project. While it hasn’t been determined which meeting they’ll come forward on, Stapczynski said the project’s construction timeline could put them on the Special Town Meeting warrant.

Residents can get on both the special and annual Town Meeting warrants by putting a petition together and submitting it with registered Andover voter signatures, according to Town Clerk Larry Murphy.

To bring an article to Special Town Meeting, a resident must gather 100 signatures and file it with the clerk’s office before Friday, Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m., when the warrant closes, according to Murphy.

Only 10 signatures are needed to get on the Annual Town Meeting warrant. Necessary paperwork must be filed before the warrant closes on Friday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m., Murphy said.

There are currently two private warrant articles gathering signatures, both targeting Annual Town Meeting. The first article aims to build a 4,050 sidewalk along Highland Road for $635,000, Murphy said.

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