Senior Citizens to Collect Rental Fees at Grange Hall

Londonderry Senior Citizens, Inc., was authorized Monday night by the Town Council to collect rental fees from persons, groups and businesses that use it for social, civic and business functions.

The Senior Citizens group can then use that money to cover or contribute to the costs of janitorial services; operational supplies; repairing, upgrading, replacing assets; preventive and/or operational maintenance; and senior programs and activities.
The Mayflower Grange at 535 Mammoth Road is the home of the Londonderry Senior Center. It is owned by the Town of Londonderry and is used by the non-profit Londonderry Senior Citizens, Inc., for activities and as a meeting place for seniors.
“The reason for this resolution is to revise the previous resolution to bring it more into compliance for what the funds that are collected can be used for,” Town Manager Kevin Smith said.
In other business Monday night:
• The council accepted the resignation of Bob Ramsay from the Greater Derry Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART) Board of Directors. His term was set to expire on Nov. 30.
• The Council accepted the appointment of Nancy Michels for the Londonderry International Exchange Commission and the appointment of Ann Chiampa for the Heritage Commission.
• Just before the meeting concluded, the appointment of Linda Bates to the Elder Affairs Committee was held off pending an interview. Dan Bouchard brought to the attention of the Council some handouts that were allegedly placed on the cars of vehicles of seniors by Bates that read (sic) “Witch Parking – all others will be toad.”
Bouchard said he manages the building where Bates lives, and said she was not friendly with other seniors.
Councilor Joe Green, who is liaison to the Elderly Affairs Committee, said he has met Bates and she has contributed to the committee in the past.
Acting Town Council Chairman Tom Dolan asked Green if he would have a positive recommendation and Green said he didn’t know her that well. Town Council chairman John Farrell was absent from the meeting.
The Council will invite Bates to come in for an interview before considering her for the appointment.
Elder Affairs Committee Chairman Al Baldasaro said he “sees Linda as someone who speaks out on behalf of seniors and doesn’t hold back.”
Baldasaro said Bouchard had no business speaking against her. “He’s mad because he raised the rent and made it due on the first of the month when some seniors don’t get their Social Security until a few days later, and there was no grace period,” Baldasaro said. “Linda got legal aid and they sent him a letter so he’s mad.”
Baldasaro said he would try to attend when Bates’ interview was conducted.

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