Goffstown police, fire describe department needs
In September, officials present their requests to selectmen. In October, selectmen develop their budget reflecting departmental proposals and, in November, present it to the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee then reviews the selectmen’s budget, requests information from department heads, and develops their budget to be presented at public hearings in January. All in anticipation of the March 2014 vote.
Sullivan is seeking a proposed budget for 2014 of $4,786,624, an increase of 3.37 percent over last year’s budget of $4,630,597.
“There are 20,000 calls projected for 2013, and that’s more than we’ve ever had,” Sullivan said.
Robbers are more getting more brazen, and are not just walking into the store and stealing from the clerk.
“They’re now letting customers into the store and robbing them,” he said, adding this could lead to a hostage situation.
O’Brien is looking to replace a 1968 Jeep forestry truck for $130,000.
He also wants to put $150,000 in an apparatus capital reserve fund, of which $75,000 was added in 2013. The reserves would be allocated for proposed future purchases, including a fire engine in 2019; two boats in 2016 and 2019; and an engine in 2023.
He said a committee reviewed the buildings and viable solutions.
The stations present safety and environmental issues, including cramped administration areas, energy efficiency, lack of storage, small apparatus openings, poor or no drainage capabilities, outdated electrical systems and no decontamination areas.
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