February 17. 2014 8:16PM

Derry councilors to discuss contract, cell tower

Union Leader Correspondent

DERRY — Town councilors are scheduled to revisit a proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement between the town and 29 technical and management employees during tonight’s meeting.

Councilors also plan to discuss a proposal to construct an AT&T cell tower on town-owned property.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Derry Municipal Center.

Councilors voted to table consideration of the collective bargaining agreement during their last meeting on Feb. 4 because they wanted more time to review the proposal.

If the proposed contract is approved, the members of the Professional Administrative and Technical Employees Union, or PATE, would receive a 2.5 percent raise this year.

The employees would also receive raises in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 of 1.5 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent, respectively, if the contract is approved, said Larry Budreau, human resource director and acting town administrator.

The agreement would take effect on Feb. 23 and run through June 30, 2017. It incorporates more than 40 changes and is similar to recent agreements between the town and support staff, the Derry Police Patrolman’s Association and the Teamsters.

As for the proposed cell tower, the town would lease out a small section of land at 36 Tsienneto Road to AT&T. The company wants to construct an approximately 150-foot-tall cell tower on a 50-by-50-foot area of the property, said Thomas Carrier, deputy director of public works.

AT&T wants to build the cell tower to help with poor reception in the area, according to town officials.

AT&T would pay the town $2,000 a month to lease the property, Carrier said.

The area is zoned medium residential, however, and telecommunications facilities are not permitted there, Carrier said. AT&T would need to go before the ZBA for a variance. In addition, the company would also need to obtain site plan approval from the Planning Board.

During the last discussion on the AT&T proposal, some councilors raised concerns about aesthetics and health risks. Councilors also said they wanted to get more information on how much it would cost for the town to get involved in the process of leasing out the property.