Derry town contract challenged
Osborne said in an email to Acting Administrator Larry Budreau and Fairbanks that the vote was illegal because of language in the town charter, specifically section 5.9 (B). In essence, the motion to approve the contract could only pass if “adopted by a majority vote of those present,” Osborne said in the email.
Dimmock said he stands by Osborne.
Budreau said Friday he is aware of the councilors’ request and has forwarded the matter to the town attorney. He said he had not received a response back as of Friday afternoon.
Based on the new contract, members of the Professional Administrative and Technical Employees Union — PATE — would receive a 2.5 percent raise this fiscal year, according to the town. Under the new contract, employees would also receive raises in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 of 1.5 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent respectively.
Osborne then tried to halt the roll call vote on the contract through a rarely used “charter objection.” But that attempt also failed after the council voted 3-2, with Fairbanks abstaining, to reject an appeal by Osborne. Osborne was again joined by Dimmock in voting for the appeal.
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