, Derry, New Hampshire

September 19, 2013

Londonderry to change deliberative session date

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Voters in town will have a chance to do double duty on one weekend in February.

Town councilors decided to move the town’s deliberative session meeting to the day following the school’s meeting.

The school will meet on Feb. 7 with the town’s session the following day, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m.

The original date was going to be Feb. 3, a Monday night.

Officials said this move is a good way to get major voting meetings planned in close proximity to each other to help lessen the work of setting up the Londonderry High School cafeteria on separate weekends.

This way it’s a one-step setup, Council Chairman John Farrell said.

“I’m all about setting up once,” he said.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said the school district was all for moving the town’s meeting to the next day.

Having both deliberative sessions on the same weekend might also bring out more voters.

Or it could backfire.

Councilor Tom Dolan said he worried about how busy families are that time of year when early sports tryouts begin on winter weekends.

“There may be conflicts,” he said. “We would end up losing all the parents.”

Dolan suggested working together with the town’s athletic groups to make sure there are no major scheduling issues.

“If we could help clean up conflicts that would be better,” Dolan said.

The deliberative sessions give voters a preview look at all budget items and warrant articles that will be presented at the polls in March. Voters also have a chance to amend articles and the proposed money to be spent on various school and town projects.