DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 6, 2014

Londonderry voters to consider $28M plan

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — Voters here will head to the polls March 11 to consider a $28 million town operating budget and a list of warrant articles, as well as electing town officers.

Four men, including two incumbents, face off for two open Town Council positions for three years.

Incumbents Joe Green and Tom Freda go up against challengers John Robinson and Chris Melcher.

Three women hope to win the town clerk/tax collector job. Deb Nowicki, Adriana Komst and Sherry Farrell all hope to win the position.

There are two open Leach Library trustee spots open with incumbent Melissa Coffey up against Raymond Brown and Cynthia Peterson for three-year terms.

Incumbent town moderator Cindi Rice Conley is running unopposed for another two-year term.

In addition to electing officers and the operating budget, voters will consider a list of warrant articles, including a $2.6 million plan to pay for construction, maintenance and operation of new sewer systems in town; a $180,000 spending plan to upgrade the town’s highway garage; and $145,500 for a comprehensive review of all commercial, industrial and utility properties in town.

In addition, voters will consider a new one-year collective bargaining agreement between the town and the police department union, calling for a 1.8 percent cost of living pay increase for fiscal year 2015.

There’s also an article to see if voters want to separate the town clerk/tax collector position into two separate jobs. If approved, that article could save the town approximately $110,000.

That savings is due to the town clerk position, if elected, not being eligible for medical or retirement benefits. It would be a part-time position.

Another article calls for $100,000 to be spent for the town’s maintenance trust fund. Voters created this fund at the 2003 Town Meeting for the purpose of having money available to repair and maintain town facilities.

The town’s roads also make the warrant article list with a request to put $275,000 in the town’s Roadway Maintenance Trust Fund.

A petitioned article calls for the Town Forest to be placed under Town Manager Kevin Smith’s supervision and management. This article follows many months of discussions over a potential forest cleanup and how it should be handled.

Detailed budget and warrant article information is listed on the town’s website, londonderrynh.org.