Derry Town Council Holds Off on Fireworks Decision

by Alex Malm

DERRY – During the April 20 Derry Town Council meeting Derry Chief Financial Officer Mark Fleischer went over the third quarter financial report for the town.
Flesher said with 75 percent of the fiscal year completed they are at 96 percent for revenues for the General budget and are at 78 percent for expenses thus far.
He said that this is about the same as last year where revenues were at 95 percent and expenses were at 79 percent.
“We are kind’ve in line with where we were a year ago,” Flesher said.
One thing that he pointed to as a positive is the fact that the tax lean for 2020 taxes which recently went out is $60,000 less than it was last year.
“This is another example that despite the pandemic people have continued to pay their real estate taxes,” Fleischer said.
One department that he said was over budget this year is the Emergency Management Department which he attributed to COVID-19.
The total cost spent on vaccination administration assistance through March 31 was $91,944.
He said that he is hopeful that they will be able to recoup 100 percent of those related costs through a reimbursement from FEMA.
Additionally they will receive grant money from FEMA to reimburse 100 percent of the emergency protective measures for fire police and emergency management totalling $77,053 so far.
Another piece of new business that was discussed during the Council meeting was in regards to summer events.
Derry Town Council Chairman James Morgan said that one thing that has been brought up to him is in regards to the Fourth of July Fireworks that the Town puts on each year and whether or not they will take place this year.
Town Administrator David Caron said that they haven’t made a final decision on it yet.
“We’re still looking at that. We have not ruled it out. In this current spike we’re waiting a little bit to see how it settles out but that’s our hope to have the fireworks this year,” he said.
Morgan said that they should make a decision soon about it and they decided that during its second meeting in May they would make a final decision.
The Town Council also recognized Braeden Foote, the son of Derry Town Councilor Charles Foote who earned the rank as Eagle Scout on April 7.
Morgan said in the proclamation read that Foote planned and coordinated 120 hours worth of volunteers time to build four solid oak bookshelves for the Children’s Center at the Derry Public Library.
“This is just one example of the many contributions he has made towards our community,” Morgan said.
The Council also accepted the resignation of Mark Grabowski from the Derry Planning Board and named Raymond Fontaine as a Taylor Library Trustee.
The next Derry Town Council is slated for Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

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