In addition to approving a beer and wine license for a new downtown restaurant, the Andover Select Board addressed a number of other issues when it met at Bancroft Elementary School Monday. Select Board Notebook is a quick — although not always comprehensive– look at some of the meeting’s major decisions and developments.
Town Manager gets raise: The Andover Select Board approved a 2 percent raise for town Manager Andrew Flanagan when it met at Bancroft Elementary School Monday. There was no discussion before the unanimous vote, although the board had held an executive session to discuss Flanagan’s compensation at its prior meeting.
Last month, the board completed its Flanagan’s annual performance review, giving him an overall score of 4.27 out of 5, up from 4.12 a year ago. Flanagan’s five-year contract, which commenced on July 1, 2020, called for a base salary of $214,000.
25 mph speed limit update: Flanagan said the board will receive a presentation next month from town safety officials on opting into a state law which would allow it to expand a 25 MPH speed liit to more areas in town. Chair Alex Vispoli said such a rule change would likely have two readings, giving the public a chance to comment on a decision to opt into the state law.
Beer garden for Andover Day: Andover Day will have several new features this year, including a Park Street Beer Garden sponsored by Oak & Iron Brewing Co. The Red Spring Road brewery is scheduled to appear before the board on Sept. 12 for the one-day license to run the beer garden. In addition to the traditional shutting down of Main Street from 10-4 on Saturday, Sept. 24, this year’s Andover Day will include events on Friday, Sept. 23.
Flanagan said the parking lots around the municipal complex will be closed at 5 on Sept. 23 to begin setting up for the evening’s activities, which include an outdoor screening of “Field of Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Communications update: Flanagan also outlined comprehensive plan aimed at improving town communications with the addition of a new position under his direction. The goal is to insure consistency across all town platforms for communicating with residents. The person selected for the position would work to develop a newsletter, a town hall blog and highlight initiatives across all departments. Flanagan said he hopes to begin advertising for the position after Labor Day.
The position is necessary in part, Flanagan noted, because of the decline of local media coverage in towns like Andover.
Odds and Ends: The board got an update from Sustainability Director Joyce Losick-Yang, as well as a request from a residents group asking for an Andover WECAN sustainability declaration…The board met in a closed-door executive session to discuss legal strategy in a lawsuit filed by Andover Country Cub owner Yvon Cormier. A Massachusetts Land Court judge ruled in favor of Cormier last month in a lawsuit over restrictions the planning board and conservation commission put on a special permit for his plan for a residential development. We’ve asked town officials for comment and will publish a story on the Cormier lawsuit later this week.