And more roadwork, voter-approved building renovations

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ANDOVER — The paving, building construction and tree-cutting projects are among the items approved at Saturday’s annual town hall meeting.

A total of $689,115 has been approved for the construction and paving of sections of East Andover, Wyman Hill and South Arm roads. The money will be borrowed from the COMSAT trust fund at an interest rate of 2%. The fund was created in 1984 with money from a tax settlement of the satellite earth station built by AT&T in 1961. As of June 2021, it had $759,515.

Voters approved spending $50,000 to remodel the municipal office, $25,000 for tree removal at Woodlawn Cemetery and $6,100 for a metal cargo container for the transfer station. The money will come from the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Renovations to the municipal office will include the creation of separate spaces for public and staff offices, the creation of a disabled-accessible entrance facing the street, and the creation of a separate waiting room for clients.

For the fire department, voters approved $9,737 for a bail payment for a fire truck purchased last year and $10,560 for portable air packs.

Fire Chief Jim Adler said Sunday the department has 44 specialty air cylinders and 14 need to be replaced by 2026 and the rest by 2027.

Residents also agreed to spend $18,500 to repair the area in front of the fire station and replace the sidewalk with concrete padding.

A paper to use $11,400 approved last year to renovate a bathroom at the fire station for public use passed, but another asking for an additional $10,000 for the project did not.

Peggy Madigan, a member of the public restroom committee, said renovation bids were higher than expected.

Adler said the department was unprepared for an influx of people at the station due to security concerns and a lack of parking. There could be issues with people getting in the way of firefighters leaving and returning from calls, and needing the restrooms to clean up hazardous materials.

Madigan said the bathroom committee will attend a selection meeting to discuss options for a public bathroom and the matter may come to a special town meeting.

The majority of the 68 articles were adopted as is, coach Joe Luce said Sunday.

Forty-seven residents voted on the 2022-23 budget, which goes into effect July 1.


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