Feb. 06--Voters in May will be asked to build a dog park, raise dog license fees, freeze tax rates for elderly residents, create a new bylaw for food trucks and more as part of this year's Annual Town Meeting.
The warrant for the deliberative session features 60 articles.
The meeting will open at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, and continue May 6, 12 and 13, if needed.
Chris Williams, chairman of the Friends of Andover Dog Park, has filed two private warrant articles geared at creating a play space for dogs.
The first article seeks $60,000 for construction of a dog park. The second article requests that Board of Selectmen increase the annual dog license fee by $6 for calendar years 2015 through 2018 to reimburse the town for the $60,000 commitment.
A residents' petition also seeks to freeze tax rates on property owned by residents 70 or older, provided they meet a number of conditions, including living in the town for more than six months a year.
The article was filed by 16 residents, including Michael Roli of College Circle and former Finance Committee member Greg Rigby of Rattlesnake Hill Road.
Other articles coming before Town Meeting include:
FOOD TRUCKS: The Planning Board is proposing a new food truck license and regulation process overseen by the Board of Selectmen that would govern where and how the mobile businesses operate.
MEDICINAL MARIJUANA: Two articles seek to create rules for medicinal marijuana zoning, and to create two zones on Andover's zoning map.
PARKING PROGRAM: $118,000 is requested from parking and meter fees to pay for a "parking management plan," which includes new pay-and-display units at Memorial Hall Library on North Main Street and a new parking enforcement vehicle.
SENIOR NEEDS STUDY, SCRPT EXPANSION: Officials are seeking $35,000 for a "comprehensive assessment of the service needs of residents 50 and older." Another article would extend the town's senior tax work-off program to 125 volunteer hours a year for a maximum tax abatement of $1,000.
TECH SPENDING: Proposed technology upgrades include $200,000 for purchasing or leasing hardware and software, $350,000 for the town's annual computer work station and laptop replacement program, and $30,000 to update the town's geographic information systems data.
TOWN PLAYGROUND WORK: $150,000 is requested for this year's step in repairing and replacing town playgrounds.
DEYERMOND SITE WORK: $250,000 is sought to pave at the Deyermond Sports Complex as the final phase of site work.
FIRE HYDRANT WORK: $500,000 is requested for the next step in improving the town's fire hydrant infrastructure after voters approved a $1 million request last year.
STABILIZATION FUNDS: Two articles seek to create funding sources for the Ledge Road Landfill ($1 million) and bond premium payment ($600,000).
BUILDING WORK: Nearly $3 million in requests support building work, including $507,000 for town buildings and facilities, $236,000 for electrical, heating, ventilation and air condition work at schools, $1.5 million for school building maintenance and renovation, $319,000 to plan site improvements at West Elementary School, and $350,000 to design Andover High School additions and renovations.
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