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July 3, 2013

School, municipal business is a little slower in summer

Londonderry school superintendent Nate Greenberg said the perception of what he does in the summer may not meet the reality.

“Well, we start off with brunch in the morning, take a nap in the afternoon and are gone by 3,” he joked yesterday.

Unfortunately for Greenberg, summer just isn’t that easy.

“It’s still busy for us,” he said. “We are already planning for next year.”

Greenberg is one of many public officials who maintain that things are still busy, even though vacation absences are plentiful and public meetings are less frequent.

“It’s different for sure,” Plaistow Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said. “It gives us a chance to roll up our sleeves and get to things that we weren’t able to get into focus during the budget season.”

Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan said he doesn’t see any difference when the hot weather arrives.

“We meet every other week, just like we always do,” he said of the town selectmen. “I don’t think July is any different in how we operate than any other month.”

But others admit things move a little slower at this time of year.

“There aren’t a lot of things going on in town,” Atkinson Town Administrator Bill Innes said. “It’s pretty quiet.”

In Londonderry, Acting Town Manager and police Chief William Hart said the Town Council will only meet twice over a two-month period.

“Things have a tendency to slow down slightly,” Hart said. “There are some things that perhaps could be done more effectively, but the reality is people need a break and in New England that only comes once a year.”

Hart said he keeps himself busy as he continues to learn the ropes of the town manager’s position in addition to his full-time gig as police chief.

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