By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The police department often appears before the Town Council, seeking approval to apply for safety grant money to aid patrols and other enforcement activities.
Last week, the most recent grant request did not fly with councilors.
Councilors denied a request for police to apply for $5,616 in New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency funding to allow local officers to participate in distracted driving patrols for the upcoming year.
If approved, the town could have received reimbursement for salary expenses, plus the cost of 72 hours of patrols.
Councilor Mark Osborne was one voting against the grant.
“It’s easy to vote for approval of these grants,” he said, “in an effort to help (police) do their job better. At times, it saves the town money, but no grant is free.”
Police Chief Edward Garone said officers who would have taken part in the distracted driving details would have spent 95 percent of their time on this specific patrol.
“If something catastrophic would happen though, we’d pull them off,” Garone said.
Garone said the state would find another community that may have no funding in place and would release the funds elsewhere.