This Year’s Winner The Miss Greater Derry Scholarship Program crowned Megan Cooley of Auburn as the 2014 Miss Greater Derry on Friday evening at the Opera House downtown. The evening featured 10 contestants, five of them from Derry. Pictured with Cooley are Miss New Hampshire, Samantha Russo, left, and last year’s Miss Greater Derry, Kendall Wipff.
How often and how effectively does the Town of Derry test employees for drug and alcohol abuse?
These questions were brought forth by resident Mike Gill at the June 18 Town Council meeting. Gill brought a petition before the Council asking for the town to establish an alcohol-and drug-free workplace policy, and if there is no town-wide drug testing policy for pre-employment, to establish one.
In the public comment portion of the meeting, Gill recommended that the town establish a drug-and alcohol-free workplace policy, and also have pre-employment drug and alcohol screening for all town departments.
Gill said he had spoken with Human Resources Director Larry Budreau, and commended him for his “prompt and courteous” reply. Budreau said currently the only town-mandated pre-employment screenings are for the Fire Department and for those Public Works employees who carry a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).
The Town Council has approved renewal of the leases for the three entities that rent space in the Adams Memorial Building downtown. The board voted 7-0 to approve renewal of the leases, beginning July 1, 2013 and running through July 1, 2016.
Town Administrator John Anderson presented the leases. The Derry Arts Council rents space in the building for $1,000 per month, including the second-floor auditorium, the Green Room, two dressing rooms, and the stairway and lobby. The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce rents two rooms on the first floor for $1,050 per month. The Derry Housing Authority rents three rooms in the basement for $500 per month.