Home » News » Politics » Town Meetings
Exeter officials propose mass notification system
That's why selectmen have proposed spending $8,500 to launch CodeRED - a system similar to reverse 911 that allows local governments to send messages out to the public about emergencies on landline phones, cellphones and other devices.
The funding was included in this year's proposed $21 million town budget, which will be up for discussion along with other proposed warrant articles at Saturday's town deliberative session.
The session will be held at 9 a.m. at Exeter High School. Voters will cast their votes March 12.
Town Manager Russ Dean pointed to the escaped prisoner incident as one where the CodeRED system would have been helpful.
In that case, Ryan Fogg of Seabrook was in the custody of Seabrook police when he escaped in handcuffs from Exeter Hospital last July. He was being treated at the hospital and had just been placed in the back of a cruiser when he fled on foot. After a lengthy search, police caught up with him in Kensington.
"A system like CodeRED would allow us to instantaneously, via dispatch, send out a recorded message/text/email blast to alert people not just all around town but a concentrated area, like that particular incident," Dean said.
The system could also be used to alert people to town water or sewer problems and other issues like flooding and road closures, Dean said, adding, "It has great potential for a relatively small investment."
Voters on Saturday will also debate a new three-year contract for firefighters that provides salary increases but also offers savings from changes in health insurance plans. The first year of the contract seeks an additional $28,808 to cover wage and benefit increases, but at the same time saves $21,466 in health insurance, meaning the amount to be raised in taxes would be $7,336. The proposed contract seeks $10,518 in salary increases in 2014 and another $30,567 in 2015, but saves $42,932 in health insurance costs for each of those years.
Other warrant articles up for discussion and possible amendment include the proposed purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department to replace a 1994 truck. Taxpayers would raise $107,250 to make the first of 10 annual payments this year. The total cost of the new truck would be $961,125.
Voters will also consider a $1,120,000 plan to replace and rehabilitate water mains and sewer lines on Portsmouth Avenue from the High Street and Portsmouth Avenue intersection to the surface water treatment plant. The project would be funded through a bond paid for through water and sewer funds generated by user fees.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- New London voters pass municipal budget - 0
- Peterborough voters say no to cluster housing, yes to village zone - 0
- Newport voters say yes to police and DPW raises - 0
- Hooksett voters OK budget, police pact - 0
- Voters reject propane-only heating plan at Lafayette Regional School - 0
- Zoning measures against sprawl on Peterborough Town Meeting ballot - 0
- Town engineer, budget increase on Hooksett ballot - 0
- New London residents to vote on $1.17 million budget - 0
- Sanbornton to vote on cruisers, voting date - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two of Gregory Smart's killers nearing release - 0
- Another walk-off win for Red Sox - 0
- Thibodeau claims fourth NHWGA Junior title - 0
- Stocks end lower on Portugal bank woes - 0
- Salem child porn arrest after tip leading to cloud storage of images - 0
- Manchester woman suffers injuries in dragging incident - 0
- Judge orders fired Manchester officer back to jail to finish sentence - 5
- Claremont police dispatcher charged with sex assault and incest, placed on leave - 0
- Speeding stop leads to drug and alcohol charges in Hollis - 0
132-mph street racers blow by trooper in Nashua, one of two arrested; motorcyclist arrested on I-93 doing 107 mph
Police say Manchester woman arrested for punching ex-boyfriend during custody exchange in Walmart parking lot
Mount Washington College to close 2 campuses
Bikers say under-30 generation isn't interested, and can't afford many of the top motorcycles
Ban fireworks? Get serious
GOP criticizes Shaheen over gas tax
Ignoring Lyme: What are state, towns doing?
Sentence fragment: Coco's cuckoo release