Proposed Conservation Subdivision Aims to Lower Tax Rate

Ordinance offers two types of incentives

By Andover Planning Board
Proposed Conservation Subdivision Aims to Lower Tax Rate

The Andover Planning Board’s proposed Conservation Subdivision ordinance, based on the 2011 Master Plan, does not remove existing subdivision rules, but presents a more attractive alternative to Andover’s existing “suburban” development model. Today’s restrictive subdivision rules maximize developers’ earnings if they can subdivide a large, forested plot into uniform two-acre lots, each with at least […]

Warrant Article Proposes Switch to SB2 Voting Format

Choice: Traditional Town Meeting vs SB2

By Select Board

The virtual Town Meeting in March 2021 was an eye-opening experience. Not surprisingly, the reviews of its success or failure were mixed.  Unless directed otherwise by the Governor, our traditional Town Meeting will commence in person on March 8, 2022 at the Andover Elementary/Middle School. During this traditional Town Meeting, a collection of warrant articles […]

Andover Fire Department Offers Winter Safety Tips

Now is the time to clean all vents

By Rene Lefebvre

The chimney fire season has started early this year. Now is a good time to clean chimneys and wood- and pellet-burning appliances. Well-seasoned firewood that has been drying for a minimum of one year helps to keep your chimney clean and safe during the heating season.  As pellet burning appliances age, we have responded to […]

Andover Fourth Committee Announces Parade Theme for 2022

Celebration marks Andover event's 80th year

Press release

Anyone who’s looked outside recently has noticed the frost on the ground, and that means time is marching forward and the Fourth of July Committee is working to prepare the 2022 celebration. Time, as we all know, certainly has marched forward, as this celebration will be Andover’s 80th! At our last committee meeting, the number […]

Keeping Up with the Times Requires Adaptability and Change

Secretarial hours added to assistant position

By Marjorie Roy

My, how things have changed!  During a conversation about the Town’s new financial software and the features it offers, discussion began about how things have changed at the Town Office over the last 14 years. I was the Deputy Town Clerk then, and we were using IBM typewriters to process registrations, title applications, and dog […]

East Andover Fire Station to Sell Christmas Trees

Baked goodies and Santa Claus

By Rene Lefebvre

My favorite fire department activity is the annual tree sale. We will be selling Christmas trees at the East Andover Fire Station on Friday, December 3, from 6 to 8 PM and on Saturday, December 4, from 8 AM until sold out. The Emergency Services Auxiliary will have baked goodies, donations gladly accepted. We don’t […]

Town Clerk and Tax Collector Corner, November 2021

By Charity Robinson

We would like to encourage all dog owners to be sure their favorite friends are licensed and registered here with the Town. Your dog should be sporting a green bell tag with the year 2021 on it.  With COVID and other issues, we are seeing that many dog owners have not registered and licensed their […]

Roadside Dumping of Paint Cans Leads to Disposal Reminder

Ask Transfer Station attendants for guidance

By Marjorie Roy

Recently, approximately 20 one-gallon cans of paint were left on the side of several town roads.  The highway crew picked them up, dried them out, and properly disposed of them. If you are unsure of how to dispose of something, please ask the Transfer Station attendants. They are trained in all kinds of disposal regulations.  […]

Andover Police Department, September 2021

By Patricia Moyer

The Andover Police Department handled 214 calls for service during September, including: Animal Livestock Complaint: 2 Assist Ambulance/Rescue: 5 Assist Citizen: 7 Assist Motorist: 3 Assist Police: 4 Civil Issue/Standby: 3 Domestic Dispute: 2 Manner of Operation: 3 Road Hazard/Obstruction: 5 Suspicious Circumstances: 3 Theft: 1 Traffic Arrest: 2 Traffic Citation: 15 Traffic Warning: 85 […]

Warrant Article to Outline Proposed Conservation Subdivision

There will be two public hearings

By Andover Planning Board

 Suppose that you are the owner of a hypothetical 20-acre parcel in rural Andover and you wish to subdivide and develop that buildable parcel in a way that maximizes your financial return for housing development. Today’s subdivision ordinance would tend to steer such a 20-acre landowner towards creating a “suburban” housing development of 10 two-acre […]