By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — Residents will gather this weekend for the annual town deliberative session.
The annual meeting is Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
The proposed town budget for next year is $28,054,908.
Residents will have a chance to amend any warrant article at the meeting. Final vote by ballot is March 11.
In addition to the operating budget, residents will get more information on a list of warrant articles that include spending plans for town road upgrades, improvements to the town’s highway garage at a cost of $180,000, and a $3.6 million sewer construction and operation plan.
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. Another article calls for $100,000 to be spent for the town’s maintenance trust fund.
One article, a citizen petition, calls for the Town Forest adjacent to the Town Common be placed under Town Manager Kevin Smith’s supervision and management.
The article comes following many months of discussion among the Town Council, Conservation Commission and town sexton Kent Allen, who called for a major cleaning project at the forested area.
There were many differing opinions on how to tackle the forest issue. That’s when Allen came forward with his petition for the warrant article.