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Firefighter pacts await town vote; Tighter control of pawn shops

Firefighter pacts await town vote

Selectmen have voted to ratify contracts with both of the town’s firefighter unions. The two-year pacts for the Professional Firefighters Local 2664, which covers firefighters and dispatchers, and the Hampton Professional Supervisors Association Local 3017, which includes the deputy fire chief and fire inspector, will give them their first pay raises in six years. The supervisors’ contract raises pay 5 percent over two years. The firefighters’ pact increases starting pay by 5 percent and raises all firefighters to pay they would have reached if a contract had been in place for six years. The contracts must be approved by voters. - Tom Long

Tighter control of pawn shops

Nashua police have asked the Board of Aldermen to tighten rules governing pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. If approved, the new regulations would extend the length of time that brokers and dealers would be required to wait to sell merchandise from two weeks to 30 days. The requirement would keep jewelry from being melted down for a month and make it easier for police to investigate burglaries and thefts. The businesses also would be required to provide electronic reports of transactions within 24 hours. At this time, there are 24 licensed pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers in the city.

- Tom Long