The past year ends and a new one starts. Town leaders and organizers are looking forward to what comes next for Derry and Londonderry in 2014 and have wish lists for getting things done.
Both towns face challenges in the new year, from handling massive development projects to putting new town leaders into place.
In his first new year as Londonderry town manager, Kevin Smith hopes for stability within internal town affairs and continued economic growth as his town prepares for major developments, including the approved Woodmont Commons plan and potential development around the Pettengill Road area.
“Londonderry, no doubt, is poised to lead the state in economic activity beginning in 2014,” Smith said. “So, needless to say, I am looking forward to the year ahead.”
Londonderry police Chief William Hart said he hopes 2014 will continue a town mission to be prudent with taxpayers money. He said he wants to not only lead effectively himself, but have town leaders and department heads continue strong, capable management.
“I wish for the town the capacity on the part of our civic/political leaders for vision and the courage to implement it,” Hart said.
Derry faces different challenges than its neighbor. The town will begin searching for a new administrator, and leaders will continue to ponder ways to make Derry grow while keeping its character and integrity intact.
Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau said he hopes 2014 brings successful collaboration among leaders to address affordable quality of life, while working on conservative ways to address school and municipal spending and find ways to expand the tax base.
Budreau also looks forward to finding the right administrator and continuing successful labor relationships among unions.
“Within the municipal government operation, I wish for a competent, qualified leader to take the helm, harmonious labor negotiations to continue, and I wish all the town’s employees and residents a happy, safe and prosperous new year,” he said.