, Derry, New Hampshire


October 24, 2013

Public input sparse at union hearing event


“They will consider public input when determining future goals for bargaining,” Budreau said.

Right now, there are seven contracts posted on the town’s website. Of that total, only two are current. All others expired within the past several years.

In the past, town councilors have scheduled public hearings on collective bargaining agreements when they were at the final approval stage, Budreau said.

Giving the public a chance to be involved at this point was better, he said.

Some councilors wondered why more people didn’t come out to the meeting last week.

“The apathy in this town at times is disgusting,” Councilor Mark Osborne said. “With the emails and calls I get (about votes on the contracts), this would have been the time.”

Councilor Al Dimmock was also disappointed.

“I wish there had been more people to give input,” he said. “I hope people who are complaining behind the scenes will come discuss it with us.”

Others said not all input is done in public. Many councilors get regular calls and emails from constituents and that information will be used in the future.

“A lot of people just don’t come out to meetings,” Fairbanks said.

Councilor Brad Benson said not having a huge turnout could be a good thing.

“I don’t think that’s a negative,” he said. “No one here means we are doing fine, being fiscally prudent. People are happy with us. I look at this differently.”

Union contracts are posted on the human resources page of the town’s website,

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