LONDONDERRY — The Town Council talked about goals, the community's financial situation and how to move forward as the coronavirus pandemic continues on.

At a meeting May 4, councilors reviewed a list of goals to strive for in the year to come, including implementing a program "Coffee With a Councilor," a water and air quality plan, continuing economic development and studying revenue and the town's financial position.

Councilors had each made a list of several goals they wanted to tackle, with a final list being agreed upon.

In other business, Town Manager Kevin Smith reported that the town's financial situation at this point was "in pretty good shape," and added revenues at this particular point in time were showing some good numbers.

"We are a little ahead of the game," Smith said.

With town operations still being done online and remotely, business is still moving forward, Smith said, with some sources of revenue still moving forward including motor vehicle registrations and building permits.

"Virtual services have been working out very well," he said. "We don't have a sense of urgency to open the building, we've been operating all along."

Smith said the town is analyzing what services could be done better to serve the public and evaluations will be done heading into June to look over those town operations and services.

Smith also reported that Londonderry would be able to access up to $614,000 through the federal CARES program, put in place to support communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The town could apply for the funds, Smith said, and Londonderry would receive reimbursement for qualifying costs associated with the coronavirus.

In addition, Smith said Town Hall is getting some extra safety upgrades to protect staff and any others having to physically come into the building.

Plexiglass "sneeze guards," have been installed, Smith said, to add additional barriers of safety between staff members in all departments during times they may have to interact with the public.

As councilors and other town boards and committees continue to meet remotely, Council Chairman John Farrell added an extra bit of hope as the meeting ended, saying he hoped the council could begin meeting in person. He said people are following the rules and are wearing masks when entering the town hall, but he hoped that soon, the meetings could be done in person. The next scheduled council meeting is May 18.

"I would like us to have a plan," Farrell said. "We could move all the chairs six feet apart, councilors and staff six feet apart. I'm not sure if we can do it by the 18th."

 

 

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