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Posted on December 6, 2017 at 9:50 AM by Elizabeth Dukes
One of the advantages of living in a small community is that there are many opportunities for residents to have a direct impact on the operations of the town. Whether it is a group of citizens advocating for slower speed limits, someone taking the time to attend a Selectmen’s meeting to opine on an agenda item or petitioners crafting an article for a town meeting warrant, local government is easily assessable with just a modicum of effort. Time and again I see examples of a handful of people being able to mobilize and achieve an outcome that they care about. It is how we came to have curbside composting pick-up, the improved sidewalks around Memorial School and the establishment of a trust fund to pay for retiree health insurance benefits, to name just a few examples.
Posted on November 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM by Elizabeth Dukes
Staff Updates: Traditionally a town’s work force is fairly stable. Most staff are dedicated workers who typically spend much of their working career with the same municipality. This is true in Manchester as we have many town employees who have worked for 20 to 30 years or more for the Town. Their commitment to the Town is commendable and greatly appreciated.
Posted on November 7, 2017 at 8:41 PM by Melanie Oldeman
Your input is needed! The work on the Town’s new Master Plan is entering a critical phase and the committee has a final survey that residents are urged to fill out online. A large response rate is essential to ensure that we are capturing the collective viewpoint of the community. This is important as the Master Plan will prescribe specific action steps that will shape the look and feel of the community for years to come as well as influence the financial resources we have available going forward.