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March 7, 2013

Town Council ponder priorities for town's future

DERRY — The Town Council has issues and many are still on the front burner.

Councilors talked about their top priorities at a workshop Feb. 19 and many projects are still considered open issues on the list.

Issues include some that are still outstanding, some being resolved and others needing more discussion.

The issues councilors hope to tackle include signing a new five-year lease with the organizations calling the Adams Memorial Building home. Those groups include the Greater Derry Arts Council and the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

Another priority is to discuss the town’s cable usage and how to handle the money in the department’s fund. Those discussions include talking with the school district about their own cable workings, and how the town and schools could possibly join forces to help save money and efforts.

“This is one of those (collaborative) efforts we are looking for with the school,” Town Council Chairman Brad Benson said.

Town Administrator John Anderson said the town’s sign ordinance updates are almost ready to be officially approved and that’s one item that can be marked off the open issue list.

“The (sign ordinance) should be on the Town Council agenda in April,” Anderson said.

The topic of the Manchester Road property where the demolished Pinkerton Tavern once stood is still on the list, Anderson said.

Anderson said it’s time to get the lot sold.

“We’ve had three people interested in the property,” he said. “We have to have some action there.”

The tavern was razed as part of the town’s Route 28/Manchester Road expansion project that is now complete.

The town’s 911 system is also on the open issues list, Anderson said, after the town signed last fall to have a state 911 emergency mapping program come to town.

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