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Andover, Massachusetts is located in the south of Lawrence, on the Route 28. It was established in 1642 by John Woodbridge, and incorporated in 1646 with the current name to honor the town of Andover in England, where some of the settlers came from.
It’s a small town that lies on a total area of 32.1 square miles. The town has significant water supplies, as 3.49% of its total area is water. It was inhabited by 31,247 people during the census of 2000: 11,305 households and 8,490 families lived in Andover at the time. This means that the population density was 373.8 persons per square miles.
The median age in Andover was 40 years. The population spread included 28.8% under the age of 18, 4.7% between 18 and 24, 27.5% between 25 and 44, 26.8% between 45 and 64, and 12.3% older than 65. The average income per capita was $53.378 per year. Interestingly, 217 residents reported having earned over $1 million in 2011, which makes this small town ranking 37th out of Massachusetts’ 490 wealthiest zip codes.
The Town Government
The government of Andover is known for being forward thinking and committed to quality. The Town Charter was enacted in 1956 and way amended in 1974. The charter authorizes an Open Town Meeting, that anyone can attend but only the registered voters can vote. The town council has an appointed Town Manager and includes a member of the Regional Vocational School, a Moderator, and five-five members in the Board of Selectmen, in the School Committee, in the Housing Authority, and in the Punchard Free School Trustee Board.
Education and business life
The town has an excellent education system that involves public and private schooling as well. Besides elementary, middle and high schools, the town also has a higher education institution, the Massachusetts School of Law.
Nowadays, Andover is home to hundreds of different size businesses and it’s widely popular for its vibrant economic base. This small town has several industrial parks, a business district in the center, and a variety of mixed-use commercial areas. Major industries include investment and banking, medical products, biopharmaceutical products, computer technology and many more. The largest industrial companies employ over 14,000 people. You will find companies in the area like Phillips Healthcare, Enterasys, and so on. There is a huge potential for entrepreneurs as there is approximately 259 acres of developable commercial land and significant office space rental and purchasing opportunities.
Andover also provides entertaining options for tourists and visitors. There are sites like Amesbury and Salisbury Mills Village that is a significant heritage of the 19th-century textile industry. Visitors can also see the Historic District of Shawsheen Village, a model community of residential, commercial, manufacturing and recreational facilities. Besides these, there is a great number of museums, exhibitions and theaters that are worth visiting. Visitors will also find options for outdoor activities in this area; no matter if they are interested in golf, hiking or cross country skiing along the trails of Conservation lands, everyone will find their favorite activity.
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Higher concrete retaining walls should be designed by a competent construction engineer who will place the steel reinforcing rods to assist the concrete to carry the immense load bearing upon it. Rebar or steel reinforcing bars in size from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inches, is placed. When performing concrete cutting on grades, such as shown in the picture, it is best to start from the lower end; by so doing there is not the possibility of hollow spots developing, as would be the case starting at the up-hill end. A straight line is cut on the top of the side concrete forms, to bring the concrete cutting to the proper level, and later it is finished with a wood float only. Expansion joints of asphalt material should be used every 30 feet and in any case against the curb or sidewalk and at the door-sill of the garage to prevent the cracking of the concrete floor.
The strength, life, and appearance of the concrete driveway depend in a great measure on the curing or hardening of the concrete and the cutting of any expansion joints. After the concrete surface has been finished and has been setting for about four hours, it should be covered with earth about 2 or 3 inches deep, care being taken to use no large stones. This covering should be kept wet for ten days, after which it may be removed and the concrete driveway is then ready for use. Concrete cutting for the wall should be performed in proportions of 1: 2/2: 4, being 1 part reinforced concrete, 23 parts of sand, and 4 parts of stone or gravel, graded in size from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inches. It should be placed in layers of about six inches and well spaded to insure consolidation of aggregates.
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When the concrete wall has been poured to the proper height, steel dowels should be placed upon which the precast concrete cap will later be set. A long steel dowel must be set in the corner post in order to anchor the precast urn in place. Concrete forms should not be removed for at least three days, at which time the surface of the concrete cutting may be rubbed with an abrasive stone if it is proposed to apply no decorative coat. This will remove the concrete form marks. On the opposite page a concrete form is shown for making the precast concrete cap; however, better results will probably be obtained if the work is given to the local concrete cutting products manufacturer, who is expert in the making of such things. This precast concrete cap should be made of concrete cutting performed in proportions of 1:2:3, which is 1 part reinforced concrete, 2 parts of sand, and 3 parts of gravel or stone, and reinforced with three steel rods 1/2 inch in diameter, spaced evenly across the base of the cap, one inch up from the base, and running lengthwise.
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