Weare Police dump
By GREG KWASNIK
– The town of Weare will end its police, fire and EMS
dispatch contract with Goffstown effective February 1.
Police Chief Gregory Begin notified Goffstown of the
decision in a December 22 letter to Goffstown Police
Chief Patrick Sullivan. Beginning in February, Weare
will start a new dispatch contract with the town of Bow.
decision came as a surprise to the Goffstown Board of
Selectmen, which made the letter public at its Monday
meeting. Board of Selectmen Chairman Scott Gross said
Weare should have given Goffstown more notice.
don’t have any problem with Weare going to another
place for dispatch, but I do have a problem with the
courtesy of getting this at such a late hour,” said
Gross, who speculated that Weare could save $5,000 by
switching to Bow.
know that we have provided a tremendous amount of mutual
aide, and I think to save $5,000 sends the wrong message
to Goffstown,” Gross said.
other concern was the loss of revenue from the
terminated contract. Goffstown Police Chief Patrick
Sullivan said that Goffstown receives roughly $27,000 to
provide dispatch services to Weare.
also said the letter was not completely unexpected.
came as somewhat of a surprise. I won’t say I was
knocked off my chair when I got it,” Sullivan said in
an interview. “I had heard rumblings.”
letter to Sullivan, Begin wrote that two factors had
influenced Weare’s decision to terminate its contract
with Goffstown. Gross read the letter aloud at
communications utilizes the same police software as we
do, which will make our officers more efficient in their
daily duties,” Gross read, quoting Begin. “Secondly,
I have been having concerns since the Goffstown Board of
Selectmen entered into discussions of eliminating your
own communications center.”
last fall, the Goffstown Board of Selectmen had
entertained the idea of forming a committee to study
whether the town should pay Hillsborough County to run
its own dispatch services. The idea of forming the
committee was eventually tabled, according to Gross.
Philip D’Avanza said the board should have done more
to reassure Weare that the proposed committee would not
immediately affect dispatch services.
this Board of Selectmen ever notified the towns that
have dispatch agreements with us that we’re doing
this?” D’Avanza asked. “Did we ever say,
‘We’re looking at this, don’t be concerned?’ No.
It’s just out there for them to be on their own.”
coming week, Board of Selectmen will likely send a
letter to Weare, asking that the termination be delayed
until March. The board may also reach out to reassure
New Boston, with whom it also has a dispatch agreement.
Tuesday, Weare Town Administrator Naomi Bolton did not
say whether Weare would hold off until March. Bolton did
say that the new contract may save the town some money:
Weare budgeted $33,100 for its new contract with Bow,
compared to the $36,600 it had typically allocated for
its dispatch agreement with Goffstown.
Wednesday interview, Chief Begin said that any savings
from the switch would be negligible. The real value to
the changeover may be to the town’s peace of mind.
I only have a one-year dispatch contract and they talk
about getting rid of it, I can’t afford to worry,”
Begin said. “I need something that’s more
by the Goffstown Residents Association.