Bipartisanship in Derry
January 13. 2018 11:40PM
To the Editor: How encouraging it was to witness a bipartisan group of public officials working cooperatively with one another to come to agreement about an issue which has good potential to benefit the Town of Derry. Our town council is to be commended for working together so well.
A proposal to establish a solar project at the Derry Transfer Station was initially voted down. A number of councilors indicated that they voted no because they did not have enough information to make a decision. After that vote, councilors started hearing directly from the public. Councilor Foote, who originally voted no, proposed that the vote be reconsidered so councilors could have more specific info on the project. Chairman Bourdon accepted responsibility for having both our public works director and the Granite State Solar vendor available this time to provide specific information about the project, and to answer any and all questions.
The public was provided an opportunity to speak. Rep. John O'Connor was in attendance in the audience, and I thank him for publicly speaking in support of the project. Councilors had an opportunity to ask the experts all the questions they needed to ask in order to make an informed decision. All this was done in a very respectful manner and ultimately the vote was unanimous in favor of the project.
Thank you to Councilor Foote and all the council members, to Chairman Bourdon, and to Public Works Director Michael Fowler for a job well done.