DERRY — As John Anderson continues to settle into his new office and job, the town administrator sat down last week with the Town Council to chat about where Derry is heading and where he should put his energy.

The preliminary goal-setting workshop followed last week's regular council meeting.

During the informal conversation, councilors voiced opinions about some key issues Anderson should delve into during his first year on the job. Those issues include keeping the Route 28 TIF project on track; improving communication between the council, the town and state officials; and tackling economic development.

Anderson expressed a strong interest in keeping a dialogue open between the town and school district. He said it's all part of being on the same page and on the same team.

Priorities include moving forward with economic development, and working to improve the downtown's appearance, parking, and better business communication.

With several downtown groups working with many similar ideas in mind, that part of the Derry equation seems to be working, Councilor Joel Olbricht said.

"All these people are working toward the same goals," he said. "And these are all great things."

He suggested working on setting common goals between the different entities that have similar interests and visions for the downtown.

Other issues Anderson may have on his plate are resolving the senior center issue and getting Derry's bike path completed, all things suggested by councilors.

Councilor Kevin Coyle said maybe too many things were being thrown at Anderson for his first-year focus. But in the weeks ahead, everyone will tailor the list down and talk more about where to put most of the energy.

"This is a good base to build on," Anderson said. "Everything you have in place in Derry is wonderful and you're ready to take off."

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