Mayor, Board of Aldermen call special meeting on Fire Station closure

The Mayor is proposing moving $138,374 from the city's contingency fund.

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MANCHESTER, NH – A special Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting will be held June 29 to discuss the proposed closure of Fire Station 9.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. at the Carol Rines Center, 1528 Elm St.

The only item on the agenda is discussion of the proposal by Fire Chief Dan Goonan to close Station 9 as of July 1 due to budgetary constraints.

Attached below is the Mayor’s request that the Board consider moving $138,374 from the city’s contingency fund to cover severance, as well as correspondence from Goonan, dated June 28.

The decision by Goonan was prompted by what he says is the need to manage overtime expenses to avoid other consequences, including layoffs.  Goonan said based on the FY 2018 budget figures, which came in at $48,000 below his request, he would not have the needed funding to cover severance for three planned retirements, renewal of a warranty for a citywide radio system.

On June 27 the mayor and aldermen agreed to hold a special meeting prior to the July 1 deadline, to discuss how they might avert closure of the fire station. The meeting, originally planned for June 30, was moved to Thursday in order to reach a quorum, due to the impending holiday weekend, according to Alderman Pat Long.

The meeting is open to the public.

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