DERRY — The Town Council discussed several issues at its meeting Oct. 6, including discussion on the community's Halloween observances, the future of the Exit 4A project, and also how residents need to follow the rules when it comes to placing election/candidate signs on various properties.
In Council discussion:
— Council Chairman Charlie Foote spoke on recent concerns and phone calls from residents about political signs going missing, placed where they shouldn't be, and other sign issues around the community as the general election gets closer.
That includes signs that were never removed following the Sept. 8 primary election, and that is against state rules for election signs, Foote said.
And that means signs cannot be posted on private property without an owner's permission. Signs that appear on property where they are not approved can be removed by that property owner, Foote said.
Signs can also not be removed by people who may not agree with a particular candidate or political party.
"There are state RSAs regulating where signs can and cannot be," Foote said, adding he, along with other town officials including Town Moderator Tina Guilford and Town Administrator David Caron, have fielded various complaints.
"If you are running for elected office, follow the rules," Foote continued. "Enough is enough."
Councilor Jim Morgan said those who may have lost their bid to win in the primary election should not have remaining signs dotting the area.
"Signs need to be picked up 10 days after the election," Morgan said. "Do your job, don't expect the town to pick up your mess."
— Town Administrator David Caron gave an update on the Exit 4A project and its delay to get started.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) recently announced that its Exit 4A project would be delayed due to the high costs presented during the bidding process.
The state opened price proposals for the Design-Build project to construct Exit 4A on Interstate 93 between Derry and Londonderry. Unfortunately, according to a statement from NHDOT, the lowest of the three price proposals exceeded the department’s cost estimate and the project construction budget by more than $30 million.
Caron said it's important both Derry and Londonderry make sure the project doesn't "fall off the state's radar."
Moving forward and not losing momentum is key, Caron said. Both Derry and Londonderry committed $5 million each to the project that got its beginnings decades ago.
Caron said the town would continue to communicate with Londonderry and state legislators to keep the Exit 4A project viable. Councilor Jim Morgan said he is confident the project and its eventual outcome will be worked out.
"We as a community have seen construction prices go through the roof," Morgan said. "But I won't support another dime of Derry's money."
— Councilors also heard details on the community's Halloween festivities, including safety guidelines for families who wish to trick-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 31. That included maintaining safe distances, wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer and remaining with small groups, family units and within your own neighborhood. Trick-or-treaters should also not enter any homes. For those wanting to hand out candy, the town recommends not handing candy to children, but put wrapped candy outside, keep hand sanitizer available and wear a mask. Anyone not wanting to participate can turn home lights off or place a sign.
Derry's Park and Recreation Department will also host a Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Don Ball Park, 14 Humphrey Road, for Derry residents only, with registration required, no walk-ins allowed. Space is limited due to the coronavirus and pre-registration is available at the Parks and Recreation office, 31 West Broadway, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for additional information at 603-432-6136.