, Derry, New Hampshire

January 30, 2014

Londonderry town warrant articles presented

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — Town councilors have put the finishing touches on the warrant article list for this year’s election.

At a meeting last week, councilors formerly accepted a list of articles that will ask voters to spend money on projects including upgrades to the town’s highway garage, improvements to roads, sewer funding, and a state mandated commercial and industrial property review.

The proposed town operating budget for next year is $28,054,908. That is still under the default budget of $28,086,086, officials say.

In addition to the operating budget, voters will also 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.

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 asking voters to spend $275,000 to be placed in the town’s Roadway Maintenance Trust Fund.

Voters created that fund at the 2012 Town Meeting to help pay for road maintenance and improvements.

A petitioned article will call 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.

Residents will hear more budget details at the town’s annual deliberative session on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Londonderry High School cafeteria.