Posted Online: Oct. 01, 2012, 10:11 pm
Andover residents want clear views out windows
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By Lisa Hammer, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDOVER -- While residents may not like it when their neighbors build large storage buildings and block their views, the town's ordinances may not adequately address the issue.
Currently, residents believe they can build storage buildings half the size of their home. At Monday's village meeting, Mayor Dave Crippen said the ordinance actually states such buildings can be half the size of the lot. With lot sizes in Andover as large as 10 acres, people theoretically could erect a five-acre building.
The board talked at length about setting a size limit for storage buildings and requiring a variance if someone wanted something different. It was decided to table the issue until all board members are present; Mike Mielke was absent from Monday's meeting.
Also on Monday, trustee Amber Lily said she has heard four complaints the past month about the board's seating arrangement at meetings. The mayor faces the audience, but trustees mostly face the mayor. The board decided to try a new seating arrangement at the November board meeting.
Trustees also chose to defer a grant application for a sidewalk project from Locust Street to the war memorial in the park until after a Feb. 9, 2013, pie auction to raise matching funds. The project will include flags lining the memorial, with the village selling the flags.
The grant committee also is working with Bi-State Regional Commission on a grant to dredge Andover Lake. Mayor Crippen thanked the grant committee for their efforts.
"To my knowledge there's millions and millions of dollars out there; it's just knowing where to do," he said. "I appreciate you going after that."
Also on Monday, the board:
-- Learned a caucus for the spring election is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 before the board meeting. Mayor Crippen, Village Clerk Mike Erickson and trustee seats for Ms. Lily, Mr. Mielke and Judy Olson will be up for election next spring.
-- Learned Andover met the Illinois Department of Public Health's highest compliance standards for water.
-- Discussed playground equipment.