Archive for July, 2013

Lack of Oversight Found in Impact Fee Record Keeping

Addressing the ticklish subject of impact fees, which have been suspended by the town pending the results of a court-ordered audit, Londonderry Controller Doug Smith said the town had 223 escrow accounts in public works and approximately 50 accounts in planning in 2012. “Over the last year we’ve managed to review and resolve approximately 150 […]

Local Officials, Politicians Praise Pettengill Project

Governor Maggie Hassan and other state, federal and local politicians got together at the Executive Health and Sports Center at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to discuss the proposed development of land off an extended Pettengill Road. The land is adjacent to the airport, described by officials as holding the potential of major business growth and […]

Founders Academy Charter School Eyes January Start Date

A public charter school is considering coming to Londonderry, now that a moratorium on new charter schools has been lifted. Founders Academy Foundation founder and president Thomas Frischknecht said the school originally planned to open this fall, but now is looking at a January start date. Authorization for the school was approved Thursday, July 18, […]

Doing Our Share

Whether or not border guards and high fences make any difference in stopping illegal entry into the United States, they have no impact at all the invaders in our midst every day. Conservation officials remind us that invasive plants are a problem in our towns. And they’re a problem in our waterways as well. According […]

Distribution Center Proposed for Pettengill Road/Industrial Drive Site

Jim Petropulos of Hayner/Swanson, Inc. and Ryan Gallmyer of Scannell Properties presented the Planning Board with a proposed 200,000-square-foot distribution center on property owned by Ballinger Properties at the junction of Pettengill Road and Industrial Drive. In their conceptual discussion at the July 10 Planning Board meeting, Petropulos said the property at 61 and 63 […]

Three Subdivisions Come Before Planning Board

Three subdivisions went before the Planning Board last week, with differing results. Thomas J. and Christina L. Wolfinger requested a waiver at the July 10 Planning Board for their 35 Bartley Hill Road property of the ordinance that requires underground utilities and that states utilities must be shown on the improvement plan. Town staff recommended […]

Resident Seeks Apology From Planning Board, Town Attorney

Resident Jack Falvey, who has been critical of aspects of the Woodmont Commons Planned Unit Development (PUD), did not attend the Wednesday, July 10 Planning Board meeting but watched it at home on television, and in a letter to supporters, said he didn’t like what he saw. “My day job ran late last night and […]