“These vehicles are involved in negligent homicides and the cases could carry on for two years or more,” Garone said. “We have to maintain the vehicles involved in these crashes.”
The building also would store the large number of unclaimed bicycles the department collects each year. Many of those end up being sold at the annual town surplus auction.
Public Works also took an $6,000 overtime reduction hit. That department’s total budget is proposed at $9.3 million. Public Works also receives benefits from grant money and other revenue sources.
The department includes highway, parks and recreation, cemetery, buildings and grounds, the transfer station and vehicle maintenance. Department head Michael Fowler said all facets of Public Works operate well together.
“We’ve come a long way to consolidate,” he said. “We share manpower, we share equipment.”
That department’s overtime costs come mainly from extra snow removal work and maintenance at town facilities.
“You can cut it and just know there may be times when the parking lot won’t get cleared,” Fowler said.
Garone said his department followed the directions of the council when it came to preparing for next year’s numbers. That meant no increased staff and as much savings as possible.
“We’re soldiers, that’s what we do,” Garone said. “We follow orders.”
Budget workshops were scheduled to continue this week with both Derry Public and Taylor Library budgets up for review. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 2, with a final vote on the budget and CIP planned for May 14.