DERRY — A prominent building designed to honor Derry's fallen veterans will get a new roof.

Money left over from an unspent Rail Trail Capital Project Fund will go to finance new shingles and roof panels at Veterans Hall at 31 West Broadway.

Town councilors recently approved creating a capital fund for that specific purpose.

The trail money, more than $133,000, will automatically lapse into the town's Land and Building Capital Project Fund at the end of this fiscal year.

Councilors agreed to put $60,000 of that money in this new account for Veterans Hall work.

In 2010, the building received many improvements — inside and out — to help with energy efficiency. The town received grant money through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program to help pay for those earlier repairs.

Controller Janice Mobsby said using the unused rail trail funds will save taxpayers money.

"You spoke and we listened," Mobsby told councilors. "The goal was to try and utilize appropriations that already existed, instead of raising future taxes to fund them."

Money not used for the roof project by the end of June 2013 will transfer back into the Land and Building Capital Project Fund.

Veterans Hall was built in 1928 as a tribute to the town's veterans.

It houses the Derry Parks and Recreation Department and is home to a full schedule of senior citizens' activities. It's also home base for the Red Star Twirlers, the Derry Special Olympics team and many other recreational activities.

In the past, the town considered building a new recreation facility, but decided to put the money and work into Veterans Hall.

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