Town Council Addresses Various Topics at Most Recent Meeting

During the Monday night, April 16 Town Council meeting a variety of topics brought forth conversation between the council and the public.

Town Clerk Sherry Farrell announced that the Town Clerk’s office would be changing their hours of operation. On Monday April 30, the Town Clerk’s office will begin opening at 8 a.m. (rather than 8:30 a.m.) five days a week. According to Farrell, this will not change their closing hours at 5pm. The reason behind this change was that some residents found it difficult to make the opening hour of 8:30 a.m. They may have to be at work for 9 a.m. Farrell also shared the idea of coming to the council every few months to discuss what is happening at the clerk’s office to keep the council in the loop of what’s going on in their offices. Town Manager Kevin Smith praised Farrell for a job well done on behalf of being more available to the residents.

Councilor Tom Dolan gave an update on the Public Comment Rules that have been ongoing on how to run a public meeting and how there are only two ways that a member of a board/committee can shut someone down for speaking. The first is if he/she goes over a set time limit for speaking and the second if an individual’s speech is repetitive of what was previously said by another person. The council is basically asking for the residents to be polite and courteous to the council and each other. These rules are mostly aspirational and left up to the Chairman to enforce. The motion was made to accept the rules by a vote of 5-0.

The news was also made that the soccer leagues of recreation and travel are coming together to form the “Londonderry Soccer Club”. This was approved by the Recreation Commission and the Recreation Director Art Psaledas felt this was the best thing they could do for soccer. Psaledas tried a few years back to unite the two organizations, but was unsuccessful. With the two groups coming together, they have combined their efforts and skills and are working together.

This helps to train coaches, put on clinics for the kids, and also working well with the town. It provides the best of what’s available to the kids of Londonderry and will continue to get better according to Psaledas.

Kevin Smith also took a moment at the end of the meeting to recognize the passing of Londonderry Times reporter Katie O’Donnell. “She always had a very cheerful attitude and was a very positive person,” Smith said. Chairman John Farrell also added that he was shocked at her passing and that she was a super nice person.

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