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Nashua alderman: Meetings with mayor will be transparent

Union Leader Correspondent

February 24. 2014 8:31PM

NASHUA — David Deane, the new president of the Board of Aldermen, said Monday that he plans to meet with the mayor on a regular basis but intends to keep his discussions with her as transparent as possible.

"She has been meeting with some aldermen, but I haven't gone to one in a long time," Deane said of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau's informal meetings with select board members. "I like to do city business in the sunlight."

In Lozeau's State of the City address last week, Lozeau mentioned a previous request she made to Deane asking that they meet at least once monthly to keep the lines of communication open.

"That invitation remains open, and I am hopeful that we can expand our communication methods to include these meetings," said Lozeau.

On Monday, Deane said he does intend to meet with the mayor perhaps once a month, acknowledging his schedule simply hasn't allowed him enough time in the past few weeks to finalize those details.

"I am going to do that. I am just getting settled in," he said. "I have been asked to sit down and speak with a bunch of different people, and I am trying to do that to the best of my ability."

Deane says he also plans to meet monthly with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce president to discuss ongoing projects and initiatives. In addition, he hopes to meet with the Downtown Improvement Committee and representatives from Great American Downtown.

The legislative manager is working with Deane and his current work schedule to make some of these meetings possible, he said.

One of the challenges, according to Deane, is that the mayor sometimes met with the previous board president — Alderman Brian McCarthy — during daytime business hours. That is not always as convenient for Deane because of his personal work responsibilities, he said.

"There will be open communication though," added Deane. "I think things are going fine so far. The committees are starting to get together, and although there hasn't been a lot of legislation put forward yet, we are progressing."

Deane is scheduling a time in March for the city delegation to meet with the Board of Aldermen to update it on state matters impacting Nashua.

"I think that is important," he said of gathering with local state representatives.

Lozeau said last week it is vital to have strong communication between herself and the aldermanic board president, especially since the board only meets twice a month.

"My remarks at those meetings are not conducive to communication," she said, noting the importance of meeting more frequently in informal gatherings. "These present more opportunities to be able to work together toward common goals."

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