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February 27, 2014

Derry councilors challenge contract vote

Osborne and Dimmock mount a challenge

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As a result, Osborne said, the town was scheduled to seek a legal opinion on what the charter language stated and how council votes are to be counted.

“I feel my reading of the charter is correct and if they receive a legal opinion, I will seek injunctive relief and file suit in Superior Court for a proper ruling,” Osborne said. “As such, the PATE contract would be deemed unenforceable and illegal.”

Union contract talks were not the only highly charged part of the council’s meeting last week. Councilors also sparred over the placement of the public forum portion on the meeting agenda.

Last week’s agenda had the forum near the end because there was a lot of business planned that night, according to Fairbanks.

The meeting ended at 10:15 p.m.,15 minutes past the designated end time for regular meetings. Councilors did not get to several agenda items, including more discussion on the town administrator search.

That didn’t sit well with some.

“We’ve been without a town administrator for months,” Wetherbee said. “We have an obligation to move this process forward. This is the CEO of our company. and all we do is delay, delay and delay.”

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