Manchester aldermen go extra, roundabout mile to see firefighter hired
And yet, the aldermen were undaunted.
As Alderman Garth Corriveau would later put it: "We want people like Jonathan Fosher to come and serve and protect our city. This is bureaucracy and red tape getting in the way of someone who I believe will be an exemplary future firefighter."
"If you're going to make a decision (on this), I would ask that the motion support the chief in whatever decision he takes," he said.
And so it was that the board not only passed the motion, but also overrode Gatsas' veto.
It's looking increasingly unlikely that the West Side Ice Arena will undergo a "renaissance" after all, at least of the kind a group of local business partners had proposed. The partners, doing business as West Side Renaissance Park, wanted to take over the operation of the arena with the goal of overhauling the facility and boosting youth hockey programs.
Since the poor conditions at the arena were first highlighted, aldermen voted to approve spending about $150,000 for new boards and glass, which are expected to be installed by the fall.
A few months ago, aldermen at long last voted to pass a chicken ordinance, allowing up to six hens on parcels a half-acre in size, or 21,780 square feet. It appears concerns about the regulation are now coming home to roost (sorry).
During the public comment period at the beginning of last week's meeting, chicken advocates - including some of the people who first hatched the idea (ditto) - spoke out against the proposal.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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