Town Council Trims Public
Works Budget Requests

The Derry Town Council swept a new carpet for the Municipal Center under the carpet and trimmed several requests for overtime in Public Works Director Mike Fowler’s budget request for 2015, but otherwise approved the working budgets for eight of the 10 departments coming under the Public Works umbrella.

Fowler presented his budget at Monday night’s Council budget meeting.

Before Fowler took the microphone, Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau described several incidents in his own life when public safety institutions made a difference. He told the Council and television audience, “Derry has a bucolic atmosphere, but provides a big-city level of services.”

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Confidentiality Pledge Sought for
Review of Administrator Applicants

The search for a new Derry Town Administrator is off to a good start, Town Councilors and residents agreed.

Progress on the search to replace John Anderson, whose employment was terminated in October, is progressing well, with a Council mostly in agreement about how to do so.

Chairman Mark Osborne said that the Council, in a special meeting last week, unanimously approved an advertisement, unanimously approved a qualification statement, and approved a budget of up to $2,000 to conduct the search.

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Parkland Plans Secure Facility for
Voluntary Psychiatric Admissions

Parkland Medical Center has received the green light from the Derry Planning Board for a 7,462-square-foot facility to house and help people with mental illness.

Chris Rice, a civil engineer with T.F. Moran; Jeff Scionti, Parkland chief executive officer; and John Burke, director of plant operations and security at Parkland, attended the April 2 Planning Board meeting to discuss the addition. While a local resident raised safety concerns during the public hearing, the board gave conditional approval to the project, while reminding Parkland and its neighbors to stay connected regarding security issues.

The area is zoned Office Medical Business (OMB) and the Parcel ID number is 05043-001.

Rice said the proposed addition will go in the northwest corner of the medical center’s property. The two-story addition is designed to match the existing facility, Rice said, and will be a Behavioral Health Unit.

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