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December 5, 2013

Derry councilors try to find common ground

Fractured group finds little common ground

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“We came up with up with three very important issues that will keep us busy for some time,” he said. “I like the timetable he put on us so that we would stay focused on those priorities.”

Benson said agreeing on anything was a good start. That could make the eventual administrator search easier.

Town Councilor Mark Osborne said any new administrator should keep Derry’s residents and their wallets in mind.

“A lot to this town is more than just Main Street,” he said.

Town Councilor Neil Wetherbee said the divide on the council remains.

“I’ve been baffled by the direction and/or lack thereof that council leadership has taken for months,” he said. “I have personally asked for some of what I feel are the more global issues to be placed on the agenda, but have thus far been disregarded.”

Attempts to reach Town Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks were unsuccessful.

Wetherbee said it was also suggested during the workshop that councilors review repair logs/records of various police vehicles to determine if each and every replacement is necessary.

“The majority of this council remains focused on what I feel are relatively minor issues,” he said. “I don’t think the council should be playing car mechanic.”

Wetherbee said the workshop did not accomplish what he had hoped.

“It more highlighted what we have failed to do as a council over the last nine months,” he said. “At the rate we’re moving, it will be months before we simply address the process to fill the vacant town administrator’s job, let alone consider candidates.”

Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau said he thought the workshop served its purpose. He said he is confident councilors can work together.

“And understanding the town’s priorities will help council determine important characteristics and skills required of the next town administrator,” he said.

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