, Derry, New Hampshire

December 27, 2012

More charter changes may face Derry voters

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Residents will consider the next round of proposed changes to the town’s charter when they vote in the spring.

Town officials have been bringing groups of charter changes to voters since the official Charter Commission made its recommendations in 2010.

In March, another six items will be on the ballot.

Voters already have approved 12 of the 48 total recommendations.

The most recent Charter Commission was elected to ponder the town’s charter and what could be deleted or changed.

But issues came up between the group and the state, and changes were put on hold.

The Town Council took the ball and ran, deciding how to handle the charter and suggested changes.

Most of the changes deal with language upgrades and a general “cleanup” of the charter, officials said.

The list is long, but councilors will continue to bring several changes before voters at a time.

“We starting to get into the middle of the pack,” Town Administrator John Anderson said.

One proposed change for the next vote will be to delete language calling for residents to pay $1 to file for town office.

“This is a practice not used anymore; it’s outdated,” Anderson said.

Another proposed change would add language to say any town administrator hired in Derry need not be a resident of the town or state of New Hampshire unless contractually obligated.

A charter change eliminating language dealing with the defunct East Derry Fire District will also be on the ballot in March.

“This will finally clean up the language,” Anderson said.

A public hearing on the proposed charter changes is set for Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room at the municipal center.