Archive for May, 2013

Daisy Planters

Rosalia Menento, of Derry Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10468, puts some finishing touches on the Children’s Garden at the Robert Frost Museum last Friday. Each year, local Girl Scouts visits the museum to plant beautiful flowers donated by the Derry Garden Club.

Tsienneto Road Contruction Causes Detour

Those commuting along one of Derry’s major streets may experience some inconvenience over the next few days due to some road construction and a road detour. Beginning Tuesday May 28, the Department of Public Works will reconstruct a portion of Tsienneto Road between Rt. 102 and Bypass 28. Westbound traffic on Tsienneto Road will be […]

Resident Questions End-of-Year Spending by Departments

The Derry Town Council defended its town staff against a resident’s allegations that town employees are making needless or unauthorized purchases at the end of the year, in order to use up the funds in their budget lines. Resident John Burtis, in the “public forum” section of the May 21 meeting, expanded on an earlier […]

Town Council Plans Series of Workshop Sessions

The Derry Town Council will hold several workshops in the near future, to bring both new and seasoned Councilors up to speed on the issues facing their town. At the May 21 meeting, chairman Michael Fairbanks listed the topics he thinks could benefit from being discussed in the workshop format, including:

Council Approves Highway Safety Grants for Police

The Town Council has unanimously authorized Town Administrator John Anderson to apply for and accept two grants from the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency. The grants, for $5,720 each, will be directed toward Pedestrian Safety and Red Light Enforcement. Police Chief Edward Garone presented the request at the May 21 meeting. Garone said each grant […]

Transfer Station, Ambulance Revenues Down for Quarter

Derry Chief Financial Officer Frank Childs and Controller Janice Mobsby gave highlights of the Town’s quarterly financial picture. Mobsby first presented what she called the “big numbers” at the May 21 Town Council meeting. General fund cash is at $41 million, down $400,000 from 2012, Mobsby said. She said the change was due to using […]

Honesty Works Best

Maybe it’s the Live Free or Die philosophy gone haywire, but the State of New Hampshire does not have an ethics code or disciplinary mechanism for local officials. That’s left to individual municipalities, and many have none.

Beaver Meadow Dam Repairs are Nearing Completion

Derry Director of Public Works Michael Fowler expects the repairs to the Beaver Meadow Dam to be complete by sometime this week. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) signed off on the repair plan and Derry paid $3,000 for a reconstruction permit. Fowler said his department has been working closely with the DES […]