DERRY — At a meeting Jan. 7, Derry town councilors heard details about the town's trail system, and also approved an update to the municipal code dealing with the town's departments and how they are organized. Councilors also approved a measure to allow the police department to secure and distribute bicycle helmets.
— Resident Mark Connors, also representing the Derry Rail Trail Alliance, spoke during the meeting's public forum, giving an update on the town's trail system and what lies ahead for future connections to Londonderry's system.
Back in 2015, Connors said the town approved money to extend the trail across to North High Street, by Hood Pond and its dam.
The state then found the Hood dam deficient and the trail project got stalled until dam work is done.
Going further northward, Connors said the Exit 4A project may impact the trail, but a tunnel is included in the state's plan to allow the trail to move toward an eventual connection with Londonderry. There are also private lands needing to be considered as part of that extension.
Connors hoped the Council might consider using funds to help support the trail system, citing town trails as a top recreational offering in communities and here in Derry, along with economic benefits as well to local businesses.
"I know you have some decisions to make," Connors told councilors. "I hope you will give trails some consideration."
— Town Administrator David Caron presented information on an update to the town's municipal code referring to the organization of town departments, calling the measure a "housekeeping" detail to reflect the town's current structure.
Caron said the updates show no new departments or positions, but does show the following changes: elimination of the assistant town administrator position; inclusion of the tax collector and assessing functions as divisions under the Finance Department; an expanded narrative for Economic Development, Planning, IT and Cable departments, and including Health, Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation and Zoning as division under the Department of Public Works. Councilors approved the measure.
— Councilors also gave approval for the Police Department to apply for an accept a grant of 500 bicycle helmets from the Injury Prevention Center, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and its 2020 Safe and Active Community Grant Program.
Police Chief Edward Garone said every year the police hosts a BMX bicycle show during the town's Touch-a-Truck event, and provides helmets to attendees at no cost. Over the past two years, 500 helmets have been distributed, Garone said.