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On the Edges--Strafford

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by Diane Rarick

Ron Carriger, police chief of Strafford, was hired by Mayor Susan Brown and the Board of Alderman to serve also as city administrator. An ordinance was passed to create the new position, then Carriger was appointed to the position. He has worked for the city since 1997.

Carriger said that one of his first projects will be upgrading aging 2-inch water pipes and championing a Community Development Block Grant to help pay the cost.

The new city administrator is responsible for supervising 10 city employees and working with the mayor and Board of Alderman in twice-monthly meetings. As city administrator, Carriger hopes to handle many of the problems that formerly had to go before the board.

Many new homes are popping up in Strafford, Carriger reports. A subdivision with 101 homes was recently completed, 28 more homes are being built, and two more subdivisions are planned with 101 and 128 more homes, respectively.

A bond issue was recently passed to build more schools in Strafford to accommodate the additional residents.

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