Legislature Drops $62,000 Bomb On Andover School District

By Bill Bardsley, Andover Budget Committee

The state cut its contribution to the New Hampshire Retirement System, leaving $62,000 to be paid by the Andover School District for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that just ended June 30. This action was reported to the Andover Budget Committee at an October joint meeting with the Andover School Board and SAU administrators. The $62,000 […]

Selectmen Plan SSR, Dual Trash Hoppers For Transfer Station

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

Solid waste disposal costs have been relatively constant for the past five years, while recycling revenue has been fluctuating and is currently underperforming, though still reducing waste disposal costs to our town. Currently, Andover is paying about $65 a ton or about $64,000 a year in tipping fees (984 tons per year). The Selectmen have […]

Improvements To Town Communications Are In The Works

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

Starting in 2013, residents will be able to contact all elected and appointed town officials by phone and e-mail. The Board of Selectmen has authorized a new Web-based phone system for the Town offices that will reduce cost and provide all departments, officials, and committees with individual extensions. As the new phone system requires all […]

Meetings Under Way To Prepare 2013 Budget, Warrant Articles

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

On October 15, the Board of Selectmen held the first of many budget meetings and, together with the efforts of the Budget Committee, will produce a proposed 2013 Town Budget that will be voted on at Town Meeting in March. (This article does not deal with the Andover School, Fire Department, or Village District budgets.) […]

Andover/East Andover Fire Departments

By Rene Lefebvre, EAFD Chief

There is a bit of electricity in the air as we work to combine operations. Bylaw changes that had been a future project are now upon us and have taken on the urgency they deserve. The overpowering theme among the team is to get it right the first time. Last month as we settled in […]

Time To Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

On Saturday, October 27, the Andover Fire Department will help

Press release

Andover and other participating communities are collaborating with LRGHealthcare for its 12th annual Senior Safety Day. On Saturday, October 27, members of the Andover/East Andover Fire Department are available to visit homes of seniors or those who need assistance with changing their smoke detector batteries free of charge. LRGHealthcare provides the batteries and replacement detectors […]

Andover Road Agent

By Jon Champagne Andover Road Agent I hear a lot from various people about the safety of our bridges and the number of red-list bridges in the town. Of the 20 bridges that we have: Eight bridges are on the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (DOT) municipal Red List: Kearsarge Mountain Road over Mountain Brook […]

School Board Returns $165,000 To Offset Taxes

By Don Gould Andover School Board The 2011-2012 Andover school expenditures leave $164,686.66 to be returned to the Town for the reduction of property taxes. This “fund balance” is made possible by two major, unique events and many other less substantial cost saving efforts of the community of staff, teachers, SAU 46 staff, and volunteers. […]

Swap Shop Planned For Third Saturday In October

By Ken Tripp For the Beacon The October swap will be held at the Transfer Station on Saturday, October 20, from 8 AM to 2 PM. Again this month, this is the third Saturday instead of the second. This will be the last swap of the year at the Transfer Station. We start clean-up at […]

Fire Departments Will Merge On January 1

By Rene Lefebvre EAFD Chief About eighteen months ago, your two fire departments met at the East Andover Fire Station to discuss working together more closely. Our thinking was that we should train as one team rather than two. This was also a recommendation of the committee formed by the Board of Selectmen to look […]