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ANNUAL REPORTS
of
TOWN OF DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

For the Fiscal Year ending December 31, 1965



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

TOWN OF DERRY

Page

Selectmen's Foreword 1

Town Warrant 6

Budget Comparisons 12

Inventory of Taxable Property 17

Town Staff Pay Scale 20

Budget Committee's Budget 21

Tax Collector's Report 26

Derry District Court 30

Water Sources Study 32

Water Department 34

Recreation & Parks 37

Libraries 41

Trustees of Trust Fund 44

Derry Fire Department 50

Planning Board 52

Zoning Board 53

Police Department 54

Building Inspector 55

DERRY COOPERATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. I

Annual Report 78

School Warrant 80

School Budget 83

School Board Chairman's Report 86

Superintendent's Annual Report 89

Assistant Superintendent's Report 96

Grinnell School 99

Floyd School 100

Hood Memorial School 101

Derry Village School 102

Reading Program 103

School Nurse 104

Supervisory Union Budget 120



Selectmen's Foreword And Report

The arrival of Town Meeting brings the period of inventory and analysis
of past year performance and projection of requirements for the future.

The Town Meeting of 1965 "voted out" the Town Manager system (ar-
ticle 17), returning the full responsibility for execution and follow-up to the
Selectmen. Despite some initial misalignment in the 1964 accounts and the num-
ber of major projects progranmaed, all matters authorized by the meeting of
1965 have been either initiated or completed.

Emphasis during 1965 was ou the improvement of Highways and Bridges,
refurbishing municipal property and continued updating of office procedures
and accounts including the completion of property revaluation by the State Ap-
praisers employed by the town in 1964 and validated by Article 7 of 1965
Town Warrant.

The position of Road Agent was not on the 1965 ballot since the 1964
Town Manager plan reduced the position to that of a supervisor, however, the
selectmen appointed the previous road agent Mr. Cooper, as Foreman.

Under the supervision of the highway department fortiHed by newer
and improved equipment the following listed articles of the 1965 warrant were
completed at substantial savings over prior years. The greatest savings were
effected in standard accounts such as repairs and maintenance and a good
percentage in sealing and extra labor, this was due in part to better selection
of equipment and more intensive supervision. (Completed articles of 1965 war-
rant : Article 8 - Sidewalk, Crystal Avenue to Grinnell - Article 12 - TRA "A"
iunds)

The funds under Article 13 and Article 9 of the 1965 warrant were
assigned to completion of projects identified by Article 9 and a summary of
these projects is set forth in another section.

Utilization of reserve TRA "B" funds had been planned as an additional
supplement to the funding by bond issue. To use TRA funds requires State parti-
cipation in planning;, design and construction of projects where funds are ap-
plied. Because of the delay involved in these proceedings, the Selectmen were
obliged to proceed without full utilization of TRA funds (the Town Meeting
vote required all work to start in 1965). This situation plus the unexpected
high cost of the new bridges made it necessary to rearrange the schedule for
payment of the "multipurpose" capital improvement projects. One additional
factor encountered was the refusal of the Federal Government to participate
in the short interceptor which was planned to branch eastward from the Home
Brook interceptor now under construction. However, the state is anxious to
have this work done and will participate to extent of 40% of the expense.

The rearrangement is as follows:

1. West Broadway paving expense was paid from 1965 highway
funds where a surplus resulted from reduced cost of operation, as previously
stated. ......

2. Eleven thousand two hundred and forty-two dollars ($11,242.00)
was left in TRA reserve and scheduled for use in the 1966 planned repaving
of Birch Street. These funds together with 1966 TRA funds and a requested



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$7,000.00 (which is in the Town Budget) represent the estimated $30-
000.00 required to complete the project.

3. The east branch interceptor will appear as an article in
the 1966 Town Warrant in order to legalize the Town and State financ-
ing since this was not so advanced in the sewer project as it appeared
in the 1965 warrant. To complete this project, $7,000.00 will appear in the
budget as the Town Share of the estimated cost.

4. A summary of these projects will appear elsewhere in the
town report.

With the heavy money demands required to meet the forthcoming
community obligations, the Selectmen urge that no new increases in la-
bor rates be granted and further urge that no changes to job levels in
salary schedule be authorized, since it will upset the work of two prior
salary studies which are deemed to be adequate to current requirements.

According to present schedule, the zoning ordinances and planning
will be completed in the first quarter of 1966. The revaluation of pro-
perty has been completed and will be updated during spring and summer
of 1966. To continue proper maintenance of assessments, provide ade-
quate inspection of buildings and structures and develop information to-
ward practical building codes, the Selectmen are recommending the ad-
dition of a full time Assessor and Building and Health Inspector combi-
nation and are requesting funding in the 1966 budget.

The Town Dump is a matter of grave concern. Fire hazard during
dry spells eliminates burning which results in unsightly health hazard
reflecting on adjacent property ; unless we can obtain improved control
we face the possibility of closing the facility under State Board of Health
orders. Looking toward better control, both present and future, the Se-
lectmen are presenting a program for full time supervision and incinera-
tion of waste. This calls for using small bulldozer housed Iki^ protective
shed at the dump, and an incinerator and one full time employee to con-
trol, burn and provide covering.

The 1966 budget further presents recommendations for increasing
the police force by one officer, continued replacement of Town Highway
Garage and improvements in equipment for various operating departments.

All projects proposed plus the initial "payback" on the 1965
bond issue total to a 1966 budget which will compare very favorably wit!
the 1965 budget. If the Selectmen's recommendations are accepted it
will represent an increase of approx. $72,000 during 1966 by the depart-
ments under the purview of the Sclectnien; of the total sum $89,800 is non-
recurring expense.

The office of Selectmen during the year 1965 made initial ap-
plication for federal participation in construction projects for extension
of sewer through Derry Village toward Beaver Lake ; and the replace-
ment of paving on Crystal Avenue from Broadway to Ross Corner. These
projects are tentatively requested for 1968 and 1969.

Respectfully submitted,
Donald Bcntley
Irving E. Shemeld
Emile Bienvenue
Selectmen



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TOWN OFFICERS



BOARD OF SELECTMEN AND ASSESSORS

Irving E. Shemeld, Chairman
Donald Bentley
Eniile Bienvenue



OVERSEER OF THE PUBLIC WELFARE
Donald Bentley

CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR

Robert A. Ross

«

TOWN COUNSEL
George H. Grinnell



TAX COLLECTOR
Dorothy O. Buffum



TOWN CLERK
Cecile R. Hoisington

«

TREASURER

Frederick H. Manning

»

DERRY DISTRICT COURT
George H. Grinnell, Judge
Walter A. Pillsbury. Clerk

«

CHIEF OF POLICE

Robert J. Benibe

«

SUPERVISOR OF TRAFFIC
Donald Bentley

HEALTH OFFICER
John Caldwell 1/1/66

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AUDITORS

Paul A. Gibbons

John R. MacNamee

Raynion S. Webster

«

MODERATOR
Joseph V. Stancik



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BUDGET COMMITTEE :
1963 - 1966
Margaret DiMarzio

A. C. Gorham
Barbara Jacobson

Robert J. McConnell



1964 - 1%7
Rolfe G. Banister
J. Sidney Barlow

William E. Howard, Chairman

Joseph V. Stancik



1965 ■ 1968
Grant G. Benson, Jr.

Armand P. Cote
Richard Low

Elaine Rendo



BUILDING INSPECTOR
John Caldwell 4/1/66

«

FOREST HILL CEMETERY
Alfred T. Hepworth 1966

Bertrand Peabody 1968

Roland M. WUley 1967



PLANNING BOARD
Wallace L. Kimball 6/1/66

Edward Bureau, Legal Advisor, Indefinite Tenure
Howard S. Dearth 6/11/66

Arthur F. Hobsch 6/11/66

John I. Schurman 6/11/68

RECREATION COMMITTEE
Gerald Cox, Recreation Director

Marilyn Ball 4/15/68

Franklin M. Allgeyer 4/15/68

Frank Smith 4/15/66

Roland Belanger 4/15/66

Joan LeMahieu 4/15/67

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECK LIST
Leona C. Bellavance
Leona D. DesRosiers
Barbara G. Schurman



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TAYLOR LIBRARY




Ruth G. Wheeler


1966


Paul E. Brickett


1967


Janice Dearth


1968


Alan B. Shepard


1969


TOWN LIBRARY




Ruth Bartlett


1966


Frank T. Buckley


1967


Walter A. Pillsbury


1968


Barbara Blunt


1969


Frances Mannarini


1970








TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS
George J. Saville
Emil Kumin 1966

WATER COMMISSIONERS
Donald Bentley 1966

Clive C. Small 1967



ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Frederick Caton, Jr. 6/1/69

Edmond A. Drouin 6/1/70

Roy Feinauer 6/1/67

Charles L. KeUeher 6/1/66

James Sutton 6/1/68



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-TOWN WARRANT -



THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Derry qualified to vote in town
affairs :

You are hereby instructed to meet at Veterans Memorial Building
in said Town on the second Tuesday of March next^ at ten o'clock in the
forenoon, to act upon the following subjects:

By vote of the Selectmen, the polls for this meeting will remain
open from ten o'clock in the forenoon until seven-thirty o'clock in the
afternoon, and as much longer thereafter as the Town, at the opening
of the meeting, may vote.

1. To elect a Selectman for three years. Town Clerk, Treasurer,
Collector of Taxes, Library Trustees, Trustees of the Trust Funds^ Ceme-
tery Trustees, Auditors, and other necessary Town officials for the year en-
suing.

2. To vote to raise and appropriate such sums of money as may
be necessary for the maintenance of the poor, for laying out and repair-
ing highways, for buildings and repairing bridges, for suppression of moths,
for police department, for the Derry District Court, for hydrant service
and electric lights, for salaries of Town officials, for the Board of
Health, for the expense of the Town Hall, for support of the libraries, for
State and County taxes, for the observances of Memorial Day, for aid
to the Derry Visiting Nurse Association, for playground purposes and for
band concerts, for cooperating with the State and Federal govermUents
in the control of insect pests and white pine blister, and for all necessary
charges arising in said Town, and pass any vote relating thereto.

3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to sell
at public auction and convey any real estate acquired through deeds from
the Collector of Taxes or as reimbursement for assistance furnished to
citizens, providing that in the case of tax deeded real estate the previous
owner, or his or her heirs, if known, or its successors or assigns in the case
of a corporation, shall have first opportunity to purchase the same, and
pass any vote relating thereto.

4. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to incur
debts for temporary loans in anticipation of taxes of the municipal
year in which such debts are incurred and made payable therefrom, by
such vote, and pass any vote relating thereto.

5. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of Revised
Statutes Annotated, Chapter 80, Section 52-a, providing for the prepay-
ment of taxes, and authorize the Collector of Taxes to accept payments
in prepayment of taxes, and to further allow the Collector of Taxes to
discount taxes according to the following schedule or such other schedule
or such other schedule as the meeting may determine, fix the rate of such
discount, and pass any vote relating thereto. The Selectmen recommend the



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following schedule and discount: 2% discount on taxes prepaid in full,
or on installments of not less than $100.00 prior to July 1, 1966; 1/2%
discount on installment payments of $10.00 or more until October 1, 1966,
or until tax bills are issued; and a 1% discount from .the time that the
tax bills are issued until December 1, 1966, or 30 days after date of
invoice^ whichever is earliest.

6. By petition : Real estate properties were appraised for 1965
Taxes as follows: "All property is to be appraised upon the basis of its
value for its best use, regardless of the actual use being made of the
property."

We as citizens of Derry, believing this method is unfair and causes
many hardships, do hereby direct our Selectmen to negotiate with the
members of the New Hampshire State Tax Commission for the discon-
tinuance of this method. Thus all property will henceforth be appraised
each year for its value according to its current use.

7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of $14,000.00 as the second and final installment on the payment for the
reassessment of all taxable property by the State Tax Commission, $15-
000.00 having been paid in 1965, and pass any vote relating thereto.

8. To see if the Town will vote to permit the hire of a full time
employee to act in the capacity of Property Assessor, Building Inspector
and Health Officer, the annual salary to be established by the Selectmen,
but not more than $6,500.00 plus $500.00 expense and pass any vote
relating thereto.

9. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to in-
corporate changes to Home Brook Interceptor to construct easterly branch
extending to Route 28, the total estimated cost of $11,000.00 to be ab-
sorbed by 40% State participaion and $7,000.00 by the Town, part drawn
from income of original authorization of multi-purpose bond, and pass
any vote relating thereto.

10. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to
establish a sewer capital reserve fund, said fund being established for the
purpose of a reserve for capital equipment and replacement and repair
of said equipment, and said fund to be a separate fund from the general
sewer capital reserve fund already established, and to further authorize
the Selectmen to transfer $20,000.00 from the regular sewer fund to the
new sewer capital equipment fund, and pass any vote relating thereto.

11. By petition : To see if the Town will vote to extend the existing
sewer system to Derry Village.

12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the
sum of $1,707.19 for aid under apportionment A of Town Road Aid
Plan to match a State appropriation amounting to $11,381.28 for the pur-
pose of construction of Class IV and Class V highways, and pass any vote
relating thereto.



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13. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of $6,250.00 for aid under apportionment B of Town Road Aid Plan to
match an appropriation by the State of $6,250.00 for the purpose of
construction and reconstruction of Town highways as provided for in said
Town Road Aid Plan, and pass any vote relating thereto.

14. To see if the Town will vote to transfer meter receipts to
the departments for purposes outlined in the following distribution: to
the Police Department for patroling of meters $3,500.00; to the Highway
Department for cleaning about meters $2,500.00 ; for the maintenance
of meters $560.00; for care and maintenance of parking lots $400.00 ;
and any remaining balance be transferred to the Trustees of Trust Funds,
to be added to the capital reserve funds^ and pass any vote relating thereto.

15. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to
acquire from the Cooperative School District No. 1 of the Town of Derry
the land and buildings on West Broadway commonly called the West Side
School, and pass any vote relating thereto.

16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of $6,000.00 for the purpose of defraying costs incurred in exploration
and testing in search of additional water sources for the Municipal Water
System, and pass any vote relating thereto.

17. To see if the Town will vote to recommend to the Selectmen
that an ordinance be enacted by the Board of Selectmen for the restraint
of dogs from running at large in the town, and pass any vote relating there-
to.

18. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to
raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000.00 for the purchase and erection
of an incinerator to be constructed at the site of the Town Dump, and
pass any vote relating thereto.

19. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of $200.00 to be used in cooperation with State and Federal funds for
the control of White Pine Blister Rust within the confines of the town,
and pass any vote relating thereto.

20. To see if the Town will vote to request the Recreation Com-
mission to arrange for band concerts during the summer of 1966 at the
MacGregor Park, and pass any vote relating thereto.

21. To see if the Town will vote to change the name of Alexander
Playground to Alexander-Carr Playground, so that recognition will be
given to Dr. Harrison Alexander, who originally donated the land, and to
Dr. William G. Carr and his wife, Lida M. Carr, who donated a large
fund to be held by the Trustees of Trust Funds, the income from which
shall forever be used for the playground, and, further, to request the
Selectmen to erect a suitable plaque, in an appropriate place at the
playground, commemorating the above named donors, and pass any vote
relating thereto.



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22. By petition: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appro-
priate the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars ($2500) to be set aside
with the Trustees of the Trust Funds to be used to help defray the cost
of the 250th Anniversary Celebration in 1969 of tie first settlement of
Nutfield.

And that the Board of Selectmen appoint a committee consisting of
not less than nine (9) members within the next sixty (60) days. This com-
mittee shall formulate plans for this observance. And that the Board of
Selectmen contact the surrounding communities that were included in
the founding of Nutfield to invite them to participate in this celebration.

23. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum
of $277.54 for membership by the Town in the New Hampshire Municipal
Association, and pass any vote relating thereto.

24. To see what action the Town wishes to take on the following
question : "Shall the zoning ordinance as sponsored by the Planning Board
be adopted for this Town?" To be voted on by ballot.

25. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to
increase the membership of the Planning Board, as established by vote
of the 1960 Town Meeting, from five members to seven, as provided by
RSA 36:4, and pass any vote relating thereto.

26. To hear the reports of agents, auditors and committees hereto-
fore chosen, and pass any vote relating thereto.

27. To appoint any necessary committee on any article embraced
in this warrant.

28. To transact any other business that may lawfully come before
this meeting.

Given under our hands and the seal of the Town of Derry, this
11th day of February A.D. 1966.

Irving E. Shemeld

Donald Bentley

Emile J. Bienvenue

Selectmen of the Town of Derry



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Summary of capital project Financing |




Est. or


SOURCE OF FUNDS |


project


Final Cost


TRA Funds


Bond issue Reg. Budget


Beaver Brook








Bridge


35.000.00




35,000.00


Birch Street








Bridge


8.902.02


8,902.02




Highland Avenue






Bridge


37,303.46




37.303.46


West Broadway








Bridge


8.797.64


8,797.64




Highway-East








Broadway


1.799.47


1,799.47




Highway-West








Broadway


13.521.25




13,521.25


Home Brook








Sewer Main


13,978.88 ♦




(13.978.88)


Home Brook






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Branch Sewei


7^000.00 ♦


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( 5^217.66) 1^782.34




$126,302.72


$19,499.13


$91,500.00 $15,303.59


Estimated








Engineering


8,500.00




8.500.00


Est Land








Damage


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2,500.00


Totals


$137,302.72


$19,499.13


$100,000.00 $17,803.59


*Town Share o]


f(Horne Brook Total $46,597.00 |




(Home Brook Branch Total


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