, Derry, New Hampshire


May 1, 2014

Officials ponder need for community staffer


Town Councilor Tom Cardon said it’s time to do something.

“We’ve seen past efforts, and it’s been there, done that,” he said. “I’m not opposed to putting money into a position with some contingencies.”

Council Chairman Mark Osborne called the economic development issue a “Hatfield/McCoy” issue for the town.

“It has been for several years,” he said.

Most councilors agreed the job could be important, but it is also important to have a new town administrator in place first.

“We should hold off on this position and look at where we are after budget season,” Councilor David Fischer said. “It should be done after we hire a new town administrator.”

Councilor Michael Fairbanks said the town should look at what other communities are doing with this type of position.

“To see what the role would be so we don’t make the same mistakes of the past,” he said.

Budreau said the position is included in the proposed budget. He agreed having a new administrator in place could aid in the selection of the right person for the job.

Councilors say more research on the job is needed before a decision can be made.

“We need to have a workshop to see what this person would do,” Councilor Al Dimmock said. “The money we spent in the past hasn’t brought us anything. We need to decide what we are going to do where economic development is concerned.”

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