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January 30, 2014

Londonderry Council hopes for fire solution

Residents want more coverage at fire stations

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Another option, he said, was to request $240,000 to make up for some overtime costs. A third idea was to hire a deputy fire chief to help keep hours in check.

The fourth and final option would add an additional $105,000 into the regular fire budget line to help relieve overtime costs.

Overtime has been an ongoing issue as councilors grapple with next year’s budget. Those numbers spiked several years ago when a firefighters’ contract lowered the number of shift hours worked per week from 48 to 42.

The town has gone through many changes in past years, Farrell said, with new management in both the fire department and Town Hall.

There was oversight in policy, he said, and it's time for the town to look at the way it manages the overtime hours.

"We'll take this and figure out what we need to do, and we'll come back next year," Farrell said. "We'll do our homework and figure it out."

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