The year 2012 in Derry was full of community spirit, destructive weather, town discussions and difficult votes.
New faces joined local the Legislature and many familiar ones stayed on to work at the state level. Volunteers reached out in force to lend a hand while businesses and organizations remained committed to helping make life better for those in need. Town officials pondered budgets and how to save money when things got tight.
Here are some of the top Derry stories in the news this year.
New transfer station planned
The year began with ideas of streamlining the town’s recycling efforts and transfer station. Officials pondered the design and construction of a new transfer station off Fordway and ultimately approved the plan that could cost about $3 million.
Public Works Director Michael Fowler and town recycling coordinator Joanie Cornetta told officials the current transfer station is outdated and could be made more efficient to help Derry save money by participating in more recycling.
“The existing transfer station is outdated,” Fowler said. “The building is not in good condition.”
That building dates back to 1980 and is too small for Derry’s population. There are also snags in traffic flow, and not enough shelter to keep materials from blowing around.
The town has a admirable recycling rate already, Fowler said — about 38 percent — but there is room for improvement with an expanded and updated facility.
Last year, the town recycled about 8,562 tons of trash. A new facility could bring in an added $200,000 in recycling savings, Fowler said.
Working in tandem with recycling efforts, the town’s Go Green Committee continued its quest to educate residents and offer information on ways to save money by “going green” and saving the environment.
Rail trail celebrates
Derry’s rail trail group put the finishing touches on the newest portion of the trail this summer.