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« on: April 26, 2009, 08:09:15 AM »

from the Londonderry Times

Economic Task force Minutes Not Available Until This Month
APRIL GUILMET
LONDONDERRY TIMES
April 23, 2009

Though the town's Economic Development Task Force held its first meeting in November, minutes from the new group's meetings weren't made available to the public until last week.

Last October, the town council appointed the new task force in hopes of developing a marketing and promotion strategy for the town in accordance with the 2008 economic development and 2004 master plans.

Composed of members John Farrell of the Capital Improvements Committee, school board member Ron Campo, planning board member Rick Brideau, Town Councilor Brian Farmer, budget committee member Don Jorgenson and Community Development Director Andre Garron, the task force held its first meeting a month after its inception.

Early this year, the town began accepting proposals for marketing services in hopes of assisting in business attraction efforts. Seven consultant firms responded, and the task force selected four finalists.

During the March 31 meeting, the group met with Gary O'Neil of o2 Creative Energy, the consultant it selected to create Londonderry's marketing plan; and Jeff McPherson and Colleen Cowette of Silvertech, the Manchester firm hired to give a facelift to the town Web site.

Resident Glenn Douglas, who operates the Londonderry Town Underground Web site, said he asked town officials for the minutes the previous week and was initially told that the minutes were unavailable for the group's previous four meetings.

After contacting the town council, Douglass said he was ultimately able to obtain the minutes. "According to RSA 91A, the minutes should have been at Town Hall within a week of the meetings," Douglas said. "This isn't the first time there have been problems with minutes in town."

In June 2006, the town Recreation Commission was a subject of controversy when Douglas noted that the commission had not been taking minutes since 2001. At that time, Recreation Commission director Art Psaledas said the group had occasionally taken minutes, but not on a regular basis, noting that the group had had trouble meeting its quorum in the past and had often cancelled meetings due to not having enough members present. The Recreation Commission minutes have since been made public and remain available for residents to view online.

On April 13, Councilor Mike Brown announced that minutes from the task force's four previous meetings had been made available for viewing in the town's Community Development office.

Brown said the task force was in the process of creating its own Web site, where meeting agendas and minutes would be posted once the site is completed.

Contacted by the Londonderry Times late last week, Garron readily made drafts of meeting minutes available, but did not comment on the earlier delay in their release.

The Economic Development Task Force was scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, April 21, after the Londonderry Times went to press. At that time, according to the agenda provided, the group planned on offering an overview of the town's new marketing campaign.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009, 08:41:38 AM »

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Brown said the task force was in the process of creating its own Web site, where meeting agendas and minutes would be posted once the site is completed.

Honestly, by the time the new website is done, there won't be much point in posting agendas or minutes. I doubt it costs $20k to post a few pdf files.
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