Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 11:27 pm

Independent filing creates trustee race in Andover

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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com

ANDOVER - Kevin Johnson has joined the list of candidates for trustee in Andover, running as an independent.

The three candidates determined by caucus were incumbents Amber Lily and Mike Mielke and newcomer, Amanda Browning. Mayor Dave Crippen and village clerk Bev Josephson also are running for re-election.

The election is April 9.

The Andover Tourism Council plans to sell 54 pies at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Luther Hall, Ms. Lily told the board. Proceeds will be used for a memorial walk in Andover Lake Park. She said the council is looking for trustees to volunteer to transport pies from the auctioneers to the winning bidders.

She also said there are 13 raffle items and six additional items high in value. She saidthe tourism council needs more volunteers overall.Mayor Crippen agreed, noting the work Ron Peterson does for the group.

The mayor also announced the Orion Fall Festival has donated $2,500 toward bleachers at Andover Lake Park and $2,000 toward the memorial.

In other action, the board voted 5-0 for a variance that will let Dewey Peterson put up a new shed within 10 feet of his property line. Trustee Dan Crippen was absent.

Before the next zoning board meeting, Ms. Josephson will check with the county to see if property adjacent to the Central Bank is already zoned commercial. It was stated Neil Hamerlinck, of Sherrard, wants to put a storage business there.

It also was noted street signs all over town will be replaced through a state grant. The mayor also said the Bi-State Regional Commission will help Andover with a new website, but it probably will be at least July before they get to it.