, Derry, New Hampshire

January 3, 2013

Officials move six more charter changes to ballot

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Voters will consider six more changes to the town charter at the polls March 12.

Town councilors voted at a meeting Dec. 27 to move the proposed changes to the ballot.

This group of proposed changes follows the work of a nine-member elected Charter Commission that recommended making the changes in 2010.

The commission suggested more than 40 charter changes. Some issues between the town and state put the charter change vote on hold at that time.

Town councilors then took over the job of deciding what to do about the charter and suggested changes. Most of the proposed changes are language upgrades and a general “cleanup” of the charter, officials said

Officials decided to take the changes a few at a time to present to voters.

Twelve changes already have been approved.

This time around, town councilors voted to move six more proposed charter changes to the ballot.

Changes include eliminating the $1 filing fee for residents filing to run for town office, putting Derry in accordance with state law.

Other proposed changes gives town councilors the authority to decide whether a town administrator is required to live in town and eliminates the wording in the town charter referencing the now-defunct East Derry Fire District.