Andover Special Town Meeting 2022: What You Need To Know A special town meeting, called by citizens of Andover, will focus on the town’s use of Covid-19 funds and non-disclosure agreements................................................
ANDOVER, MA — A Special Town Meeting called by concerned citizens of Andover will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 in the Richard J. Collins Field House at Andover High School.
Citizens of Andover have voiced concerns with the town’s use of $10.9 million in Covid-19 relief funds, stipends for low-paid essential workers, a way for residents and town workers to give feedback on the Town Manager and prohibiting the use of non-disclosure agreements on town employees. The meeting, which by Massachusetts law, requires 200 registered voters or 20% of the total number of registered voters.
Here is a look at the critical articles:
Covid-19 Stipend for Essential Workers: This article would provide an $800 stipend for front-line workers who have been working in person since March 2020. Federal Coronavirus Recovery funds would be used to pay for these stipends.
Performance Management Reviews for Town Manager and School Superintendent: Citizens can vote on whether an independent firm, chosen by the finance committee, to conduct reviews on the Town Manager and School Superintendent.
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Prohibiting the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements: This will prohibit Andover from including Non-Disclosure agreements as a part of employment or settlement with the town. Residents believe this negatively impacts women working for the city.
Mental-Health and Well-Being general fund: This article would take $1 million in town funds to purchase, hire, or improve mental-health resources in Andover.
Public Posting of Contracts: This would require all contracts or agreements over $10 thousand to be posted on the Andover website.
$10.9 million in Covid Relief Funds: If approved, this will void the town’s previous plans to use $10.9 million in Covid funds and create a transparent community-planned process for the funds. This process will use input provided by residents, small businesses and town employees to develop a plan for the funds.