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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010

Town Council Votes to Extend Water into East Derry Area




The town council voted

to extend water into East Derry and to interconnect water systems with Penni- chuck Water Works (PWW) in an effort to solve water shortage and water quality issues experienced by some East Derry residents.

Both Derry and PWW

own and operate several independent community wells in Derry and have experi- enced water supply short- ages and water quality issues, especially in the Meadow- brook Water System. Deputy Director of Public

Works Thomas Carrier said these areas have experienced high levels of arsenic. He has discussed this with the town council previously and was given the go-ahead to work toward a solution with PWW to extend mutual municipal water to East Derry via Pond Road to East Derry Road/Hampstead Road. At the council’s April 6 meet- ing, Carrier returned with just such a solution. Carrier explained that the

extension would take the municipal water system approximately 6,700 feet to Adams Pond Road,then north to Wright Road, where it would connect with PWW’s




The town council was scheduled to hold another non-public meeting on Tuesday, April 13, after the Nutfield News went to press, but build-up to this meeting lacked much of the drama of the previous non- public session, which result- ed in a lawsuit. On March 30, the town council held a non-public meeting to discuss the firms that could be hired to lead the search for a new town


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vote on it, and it would take time for Auburn to end what- ever contractual obligations it has. Currently, many Auburn students attend high school in Manchester. Christopher Harper, dean of Academic Affairs, said Pinkerton requires a certain enrollment to support cours- es, some of which are not

administrator. Councilors Janet Fairbanks and Kevin Coyle believed such a dis- cussion should have been done in public, and when the meeting nonetheless went behind closed doors, Coyle and Fairbanks left and later filed a lawsuit against the council, hoping the courts would forbid it from holding such a meeting again. Last week, Coyle, who is

an attorney, said the return date for the lawsuit is May 17. “The lawsuit has made them (the rest of the council) more attentive to the law,

even offered at junior col- leges. Higher enrollment also keeps per-student tu- ition down. Projected tuition figures sent out by the state Department of Education list Pinkerton’s per-student tui- tion of $9,473 as well below the state average of $11,573. The announcement came

at a Pinkerton Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, when officials were explaining the cost of the new Freshman Academy building.

Drew Woods System.

“Derry will pay 10 per- cent of the base 8-inch water main design, including the requisite Pond Road Water Booster Station improve- ments estimated at $90,000,” Carrier said. “This is based on the ratio of Derry’s cus- tomers (59) to PWW cus- tomers (524) to be serviced by the new extension.” However, at some points

along the route, Derry will have to increase the pipe size from 8 inches to 12 inches to provide for future expansion and fire protec- tion. For these costs, Derry will pay the burden, which, according to Carrier, am-

which is a good thing,” he said.

The topic for the April 13 non-public session, according to the official posting, is cited as RSA 91A:3 II(d).” This RSA states that public bodies can meet in non-public session for “consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in pub- lic, would likely benefit a party or parties whose inter- ests are adverse to those of the general community.” “The non public is to dis-

Anderson was asked why the school was building a new structure if student enroll- ment had to be increased. Anderson responded that Pinkerton has 43 non-perma- nent classrooms that date back to the 1960s that should be removed.

Anderson also said con- struction costs have never been better. She said the school has saved roughly $2 million by bidding the project out this year. The school has

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ounts to $94,000. Derry will also pay the costs associated with installing seven new fire hydrants along East Derry/Hampstead Road, which is estimated at $26,000.

There will also be up- grades on Chester Road, which are estimated to cost $240,000.

Based on all of these

expenses and several other smaller ones, the cost for the expansion and interconnec- tion is estimated at $545,000. The upgrades on Chester Road will be funded, howev- er, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. There is also opportunity for profit, according to

cuss land issues,” said coun- cil chair Brad Benson. “The meeting was noticed and posted as required and all councilors are on board, to my knowledge.” Councilor Neil Wether-

bee was more specific. “This is following up on

the presentation made by the Downtown Committee a few weeks ago,” wrote Wetherbee in an e-mail. “Obviously it’s public knowledge that the property they mentioned near the library is in play. However, with limited town resources,

also postponed its field proj- ect, which saved another $4 million. The school’s improved bond rating process from Moody’s will save another $2.5 to $3.4 million over the life of the bond, she added, noting all of these sav- ings have lowered the cost of the project from its original 2008 estimate of $26 million to the current $23 million. This translates to a $302

increase in tuition per stu- dent per year over the life of

Carrier. PWW will pay Derry a $10,062 hook-up fee, and the expansion will allow a potential for 28 new Derry customers, which could produce an annual net revenue of $6,760. However, Carrier said he

would have to offset other projects to afford this one. Currently, $200,000 is bud- geted in FY2010 to replace existing plastic piping on Emerald Drive. Carrier said this project could be deferred to 2012 without any incident because the mains are fine.


$200,000 remains in the Scobie Pond Road project fund for phase two, which

the council needs to take a more global view of the downtown, its parking needs and/or deficiencies, and potentially other properties or areas of town that might help lessen those deficien- cies. What we don’t want to do is narrow our focus to one specific location just because it popped up on the radar. We don’t have the resources to make a lot of things happen so we need to be very mindful of those resources and also be sure there is consensus and direc- tion among the council.”

the bond. Derry school board member Ken Linehan asked what student population that number was based on and was told it was 3,230 stu- dents. The $302 increase, which will begin in 2011- 2012, is only the building increase, which does not take into account new servic- es and increased health insurance, which Hannon said was about a $300 increase this year as well. “I am just concerned



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Carrier said could be deferred indefinitely.

have the

Carrier said he hoped to interconnection

projected completed by the end of the summer. Councilor Kevin Coyle

said he was in favor of the project but would hate to defer the Emerald Drive project because the town promised it would get done. Carrier said he has every intention of doing that proj- ect and if things fall right, there is the possibility Public Works might be able to do both projects. The Town Council voted 7-0 to support and fund the project.

Town Council Meets in Non-Public Session on Land Issues

However, not all the

councilors seem to know all the details.

“I assume from the statute he (Benson) has cited that we are going to talk about the purchase of prop- erty,” Coyle wrote in an e- mail. “I have been given no other details.... I would have thought if there was some sort of proposal out there, that all the council would know about it, but that is not the case.”

The Nutfield News has

reported previously on the parcel near the library.

about the cost,” Hannon said. The building will be ap-

proximately 130,000 square feet and will serve 900 stu- dents. It will house 28 class- rooms for the Freshman Program, six math classrooms, eight (Career and Technical Education) CTE classrooms, four computer labs, two spe- cial education learning centers, and a cafeteria.

Construction has begun, with a projected dedication in August 2011.


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