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City Council does away with term limits

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
April 28, 2021
BERLIN — On Monday, April 19, the Berlin City Council announced disbursements from April 6 through April 19. The total cash amount was $988,803.87. The Council voted all in favor to pay bills as recommended.

A Resolution was tabled in regard to 2021-13R Night Vision. A Public Hearing on this will take place on May 3, 2021.

City Manager James Wheeler gave his report. He discussed communication from Kevin LaChapelle of Industrial Protection Systems, IPS.

Wheeler explained, "IPS is the vendor who provided the new self contained breathing apparatus to our fire department. It is nice of Mr. LaChapelle to take the time to note his very positive experience at the Berlin Fire Department."

Wheeler switched topics, noting "While we are still awaiting more specific guidance from the US Treasury on how American Recovery Funds can be used, attached is an excerpt from some frequently asked questions which outline four broad categories of use. The latter two categories seem like the more likely areas for municipal funding. More information is expected from the Treasury in the coming weeks."

The City Manager mentioned that the City received notification from NHDES regarding the approval of a DERA grant for a snow blower along with garbage packer purchases. The grant will reimburse Berlin, to the tune of $44,076.

Planning Board Member, Thomas McCue will be able to remain on the Board due to changes in bylaws that did away with term limits on April 6. Those bylaws have not been amended since 1998. The term limits have caused several Board members to step down and become alternates. McCue has been on the Planning Board for three terms and is now able to continue to serve after being approved by the Mayor and Council. McCue did resign his Chairman role. Lori Langliois will now be the Planning Board Chair. McCue will serve on the Planning Board until April of 2024. Planning Board Member Christina Lefebvre will not be seeking another term, but her contributions to the community were noted.

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