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March 7, 2013

Town Council ponder priorities for town's future

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Councilors approved the measure, saying that bringing the state’s Bureau of Emergency Communications’ 911 mapping system to town would be a big help. Derry is one of only a handful of communities that had not previously opted for the free state service.

The mapping will put representatives out into neighborhoods to make detailed maps of the areas, including homes, fire hydrants, businesses and landmarks.

Information is then presented to the town with any recommendations from the state that might enhance emergency response time.

By mapping the town, emergency officials can pinpoint areas that may pose potential delays in response time.

Anderson said the mapping process could take up to two years to finish.

Economic development also remains a key focus, Anderson noted, saying the downtown is a major player in the town’s future for growth and tax relief.

Officials said they will ponder the open issues list and see what is the most important.

“Now we need to figure out our priorities again,” Town Councilor Joel Olbricht said.

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