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October 10, 2013

Londonderry police offer early budget look

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The chief said his department is down overall by five staff members, but he will be looking to change that.

Filling positions with people already certified saves on training costs and time, he said.

More hours for the town’s part-time animal control office position might also serve the town well, Dussault said. Now, the position is 15 hours a week, Tuesday through Thursday.

“The reality is, we are the largest community with the lowest animal control (hours) in the state,” he said.

Voters added a School Resource Officer in the last budget cycle. Between that and animal control, that’s about all the department does for community outreach, Dussault said. There’s not always enough money for other projects like bike rodeos or special programs or events.

“They are the closest thing we have,” he said. “But they are worth their weight in gold.”

With future large developments in the pipeline, including Woodmont Commons and a potential large build-out of the Pettengill Road area, that could mean more stress on police.

Hart said it’s not too early to be thinking ahead.

“We need to be thinking about these issues now if we’ll be adequately prepared,” he said.

As budget talks continue, Hart said, his department will continue to do its best to produce the best service possible at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.

“And we want to provide an A-plus product, not just an A,” he said.

The Budget Committee next meets with Public Works on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Moose Hill Council Chambers at the town offices.

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