, Derry, New Hampshire

November 28, 2013

Windham may plow Derry subdivision

Two towns may enter into winter agreement

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The town may enter an agreement to have Windham plow a portion of a subdivision road that is located in Derry.

Councilors began talks about a potential inter-municipal agreement with Windham for that town to provide winter maintenance only for a one-lot subdivision, Nathan Road.

The Planning Board approved the one-lot plan in early October. The land is officially located in Derry and receives frontage from a cul-de-sac that has the Derry/Windham town line running through it.

The property is accessed via a multi-phase subdivision known as Spruce Pond Estates that lies in Windham.

Public Works director Michael Fowler said it makes sense for Windham to take over the plowing and salting of that portion of the road.

“It’s a natural extension of what they are already doing,” Fowler said. “It would be redundant to have both communities take care of that.”

Fowler already had a meeting with Windham’s road agent and the two towns are in agreement.

Windham would do winter maintenance only. Any paving or other road work would be Derry’s responsibility, Fowler said.

Having Windham do the plowing is a lot easier than a previous plan.

Several years ago, when Spruce Pond was being planned, developers asked the town of Derry to consider moving the lot line so all property would be in Windham.

That idea did not fly with town officials as some town lines are 200 years old and the process to change a town line would require a lot of procedure and state approvals.

Fowler said he believes the agreement with Windham is “fairly straightforward,” but councilors wanted more information before giving their OK.

Councilor Al Dimmock said the plans were confusing as to whether the lot in question was one lot or large enough for more than one home.

Councilors decided to postpone the discussion until their meeting Dec. 3.