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a/c Resident Taxes 450.00

a/c Sewer Rents 94.78 680.59

a/c Water 32.20

Interest Collected on Delinquent Taxes $ 8.00 $ 180,736.90

Misc. Revenue

Penalties Collected on Resident Taxes 1,894.00

TOTAL DEBITS $ 14,082,465.84 $ 17,877,720.94 $ 30,438.60

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—Levies of —
1989 1988

Remitted to Treasurer During Fiscal Year:

Property Taxes $ 9,003,587.04 $ 16,491,040.72

Resident Taxes 155,550.00

National Bank Stock

Land Use Change Tax 4,000.00 197,900.00

Yield Taxes 94.35 8,897.98

Sewer Rents 165,585.61 529,336.16

Other Utilities:

Water 100,678.05

Water Betterments 5,062.50 9,487.50

Misc. Revenue

Interest on Taxes 8.00 180,736.90

Penalties on Resident Tax 1 ,894.00

Discounts Allowed: $ 14,072.18 $ 37,259.09







Abatements Allowed:

Property Taxes $ $ 55,118.10

Resident Taxes 5,430.00 260.00

Yield Taxes 5,023.58

Sewer Rents 3,624.60 16,655.74

Land Use Change Tax 26,000.00

Water 49.20

Water Betterments 37.50

Uncollected Taxes End of Fiscal Year:

Property Taxes $ 4,704,232.74 $ $ 798.50

Resident Taxes 44,850.00 22,380.00

National Bank Stock

Land Use Change Tax 16,800.00

Yield Taxes 902.67

Sewer Rents 177,283.65

Other Utilities:


Water Betterments 4,012.50

TOTAL CREDITS $14,082,465.84 $17,877.720.94 $ 30,438.60

(1) These uncollected balances should be the same as last year's ending balances.

(2) Overpayments should be included as part of regular remittance items.

Summary of Tax Sale/Tax Lien Accounts
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1989

— DR.—

—Tax Sale/Lien on Account of Levies of-
1988 1987 Prior

Balance of Unredeemed Taxes Beginning

Fiscal Year $ $ 449,308.68 $ 12,075.61

Taxes Sold/Executed to Town During

Fiscal Year 983,810.11

Subsequent Taxes Paid

Interest Collected After Sale/Lien Execution 1,666.88 30,129.90 3,698.13

Redemption Cost

Overpayments 2,425.49

TOTAL DEBITS $ 985,476.99 $ 481,864.07 $ 15,773.74

— CR.—

Remittance to Treasurer During Fiscal Year:

Redemptions $ 71,967.55$ 293,720.87$ 10,185.28

Interest & Cost After Sale 1,666.88 30,129.90 3,698.13

Abatements During Year 43.22 2,540.71

Deeded to Town During Year

Unredeemed Taxes End of Year 911,799.34 155,472.59 1,890.33

Unredeemed Subsequent Taxes

Unremitted Cash

TOTAL CREDITS $ 985,476.99 $ 481,864.07 1 15,773.74


Derry Police Department Report

Responsiveness to community needs proved to be the
primary focus as the Derry Police Department responded to
approximately 13,000 requests for service between July 1,
1988 to June 30, 1989. Whether the response was a life saved,
an injured accident victim comforted, a child removed from
an abusive environment, a predatory criminal arrested, or a
young child educated about the dangers of substance abuse,
the 45 men and women officers of the Derry Police
Department met the challenge.

Enforcement, education, and involvement marked the
strong desire of the Derry Police Department to serve one of
the largest towns in New Hampshire with population statistics
indicating a growing population of over 30,000 residents.

The concept of the Department is straightforward - that of
providing a law enforcement service through two divisions.
The Services Division is investigatory, support, and records
branch, while the Patrol Division provides for initial,
immdiate, and follow-up response to the many demands
within the Town of Derry.

Drug education and enforcement remained a priority of the
Derry Police Department during the past year, as it has been
during previous years and will, no doubt, continue in future

years as we move into the next decade. Through liaisons with
other law enforcement agencies throughout New Hampshire
and New England, as well as through education at all
community levels, the Derry Police Department remains
committed to fighting this tremendous societal problem with
extensive education and intensive enforcement.

As our respective department heads have indicated in their
reports, the demands for service have continued to increase as
we reflect upon the decade past and anticipate the decade yet
to begin. The balance of providing a cost-effective service
while meeting the increased need for service remains a
difficult one. This difficult task is reflected in the
expenditures and appropriations in the Police Department
Summary which I encourage you, the community member, to
examine closely.

Through your support of this funding and your involve-
ment and interest in how your Police Department serves you,
the Derry Police Department will remain a vital part of the
Town of Derry.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward B. Garone, Chief of Police

Derry Fire Department Report

The Derry Fire department is pleased to report that the
Estimated Loss by Fire figure dropped by 17% for fiscal year
1989. There are many factors that have contributed to this
savings to the community's tax base, not the least of which is
the increase in activity, as regards the Fire
Prevention/Inspection areas.

The emphasis shift from fire suppression to fire
prevention/inspection is realized when one analyses the
activity increase in this important area. Inspections have
increased by 5%. Wood stove and coal stove inspections
have dropped by 37% which represents a shift to more
traditional heating methods. Oil burner installation
inspections have decreased by 14%, while new installations of
L.P. fired burners have shown a significant increase. Plans
review of new installations have increased by 11%. This pre-
construction review affords the opportunity to ensure all new
construction conforms to life safety and building codes as
well as conforms to all ordinances adopted by the Town of
Derry, such as the residential sprinkler ordinance for new
construction housing three or more units, as well as
conformance with all internal and external fire alarm systems

Our Public Education Program, now in its first full year of
existence, is reaching the younger children in our school
systems with the emphasis, again, on Fire Safety and Fire
Prevention. The results of our efforts in this area are being
realized by the numbers of calls to our Department by the
parents of these children wanting further information on life
safety and fire prevention.

As always, inspections of private dwellings are encouraged,
although, in this area we must be invited to the dwelling by
the owner to perform these all-important functions.

From the fire suppression point of view, our fire alarm
maintenance program activity has increased by 79%. Four

new radio box systems have been installed in the Derry area
thus increasing our fire alarm capability at a savings of about
1/3 (each installation) to the community.

With the addition of a new pumper to our fleet, we will
realize updated response capability with the result of a greater
firefighting power. All our personnel were recertified in their
respective levels of achievement. New and more efficient hose
and nozzles were purchased to replace equipment due for
retirement through attrition or fire suppression damage.
Through innovation and invention, various pieces of
equipment were built to further support our rescue efforts,
both from fire suppression and ambulance assists points of
view. The personnel of the Derry Fire Department are
constantly searching for ideas that will enable them to do
their jobs more efficiently, which translates to cost savings to
the community.

The Fire Dispatch areas has again been upgraded. In
addition to our dispatch personnel being CPR and Priority
Dispatch trained, a Computer Aided Dispatch system has
been installed which has the capability of handling all
emergency calls, both fire and ambulance. This system stores
information such as streets, buildings, building numbers,
hydrants, street intersections, the proper pieces of equipment
to dispatch to which areas, in addition to back-up equipment
to be dispatched in the event more equipment is needed at a
scene. This system also presents a "hard-copy" printout with
all the necessary information for the response crews to take
with them thus enabling them to more intelligently evaluate
their plan of attack. Other benefits of this system are the
greatest possible reduction of human errors plus decreases
drastically the time necessary to supply this vital information
to the attack crews which greatly reduces their response time.
These expanded services are provided to the community 365
days a year on a 24-hour basis.


The goal of the Derry Fire Department continues to be the
serious reduction of fire loss, both in dollar amounts and
human anguish through fire prevention/inspection, public
education, and the efficient and timely response to emergency
situations as well as continually upgrading the quality of our
service to the community of Derry.

James J. Cote
Fire Chief

Derry Fire Department


July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989

Still Alarms 493

Ambulance Assists 401

Box Alarms 1 87

Service Calls 181

False Alarms 50

Mutual Aid ■ 43


Wood/Coal Stove Inspections 31

Oil/LPG Burner Inspections 204

Fire Alarm Testing/Maintenance 546

Estimated Value of Property

Involved by Fire $8,147,317.00

Estimated Damage by Fire $ 261 ,970.00

Emergency Medical Services Report

In 1985 through the efforts of many firefighters,
community organizations and government officials, the
Derry Fire Department established a paramedic system within
the towns Emergency Medical Services. At that time Derry
became the second municipal Fire Department in New
Hampshire to establish such a system. In those four years our
service has grown and has established itself with a reputation
of being one of the finest in Southern New Hampshire.

Our effort this year is to provide the Derry citizenry with
concise information on what our system is doing and in doing
so, I have listed this years activity on advanced life support
procedures. There were approximately 829 Advanced Life
Support (ALS) procedures performed during the reported
period. That reflects approximately 49% of the emergency
medical calls requiring paramedic or ALS intervention.
These calls were handled by the ten cross trained firefighter/
paramedics that staff the two Advanced Life Support Units in
conjunction with cross trained firefighter/E.M.T.'s who man
both medic units and fire apparatus.

National statistics has shown that EMS systems providing
advanced life support usually use the system 35% of the time.
It is my feeling that our above average useage is reflected by
the wide support of the medical community, our aggressive
effort in providing that care and the continual support of the
taxpayers of the three communities. As technologies change,
Derrys EMS System will be ready to meet the challenge. With
a shared committment by both public servants and
community members that goal will be realized.

Respectfully submitted,
Donald F. Gelinas, Captain
Emergency Medical Services

Derry 1,109

Londonderry 642

Chester 69

TOTAL 1,820

Calls Breakdown:

Emergencies 1 ,309

Auto Accidents 366

Industrial Accidents 15

Transfers 91

Emergency Transfers 9

Assist at Fire Scenes 14

Service Calls 16

TOTAL 1,820

Ambulance Calls
July 1,1988 -June 30, 3989

Emergency Medical Calls Breakdown:

Resp. Distress 160

Cardiac Problems 148

General Weakness 86

Behavioral Problems 85

Fractures/Dislocations 85

Seizures/Convulsions 71

Bleeding/Hemmoraging 63

Unconscious States 63

Neck & Back Injuries 54

Drugs/Overdose 50

Abdominal Pain 48

Head Injuries 44

Stroke/C.V.A 27

Cardiac Arrest 24

Diabetic Reactions 18

D.O.A 12

Emergency Childbirth 10

Burns 5

Gunshot Wounds 4

Drownings 2

Other Medical Calls 631

TOTAL 1,690

Advanced Life Support Procedures:

Portable EKG Monitoring 415

Intravenous Therapy 311

Cardiac Defibrillations 42

Additional Skills 34

Endotracheal Intubation 27



Derry Public Library Report

1988 - 1989

The Derry Public Library is expanding! A new addition is
in progress, and much hard work on the part of the Board of
Trustees, the Building Committee, the Friends of the Library,
and the staff has gone into it. The Town Council approved a
$2,345,000 bond issue in October, bids were let in March, and
construction began in May. The architects are Ingram-
Wallace of Manchester, and the construction company is
DCM North of Hooksett.

The Ubrary is planning for more activities once the building
program is completed. Current plans are to move into the
new addition at the end of October. The old building will
then be renovated, and we will move back into it in January
of 1990. Carpeting has been selected, and decisions on
furnishings and a color scheme are in progress.

Changes have occurred on the Board of Trust<;es this year.
Carolyn Johnson was re-elected to a three-year term, and
Cecile Cormier and Larry Eckhaus were elected for the first
time, joining Marsha Koch, Janet Conroy, Ron Tveter, and
Shirley Walkins. Mr. Eckhaus was subsequently elected
Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Joan Paduchowski,
former Board Chairman, was appointed Chairman of the
Building Committee.

Many staff changes have taken place over the past year.
Assistant Director Tedine Roos left in January, and long-time
staff members Bertha MacDougall and Cindy Hinkley left in
May. Page Michelle Ventrillo moved to Florida in June. New
staff members include Melinda Morse and Lisa Goldthwaite,
Pages; Pat Weymouth and Julie Tamer, Library Aides I;
Melissa Cormier, Library Aide II; and Laurie Mahaffey,
Assistant Director.

The library staff has been issuing new, computer-readable
bar-coded Ubrary cards since April. An automated circula-
tion system is planned for the future. Books and other
circulating materials are being bar-coded as well. Eventually,
checking out a book will be done by scanning the patron's
card and then scanning the bar-codes in the books and other
items being checked out. One advantage to this type of
system is that we will know when books that are not on the
shelves are coming back in.

The museum passes are popular library items. The
Nutfield Community Alliance funded the Museum of Science
pass, and the Friends of the Library gave the Museum of Fine
Arts pass.

Our appreciation is extended to both of these groups for
supporting this helpful and money saving service.

The Library is fortunate to have the assistance of several
volunteers who do everything from card filing to book
processing. One lady waters the plants weekly; another
creates the monthly calendar of events; others prepare story-
hour materials. We are grateful for their help.

Children's services are growing at the library. The number
of programs presented for children has more than doubled,
with a large increase in attendance as well. Our children's
librarian, Carl Cushman, is a professional storyteller, and
keeps young audiences spellbound with his tales.

The Friends of the Library held their annual Book Sale and
Craft Fair in July. They also had a photo opportunity with
Santa in December, and a dinner theatre outing in February.
Additionally, the Friends attended a New Hampshire Phil-

harmonic Pops Concert in May.

The New Hampshire Library Association held its annual
conference in Manchester in May. Several staff members
who are a part of the organization were able to attend. This
year marked the centennial year of the Association, which is
the oldest of the state library associations in the country.

We look forward to the completion of the new addition in
the coming year. Many thanks go to the Trustees for all their
support and extra hours put in on the building project. Joan
Paduchowski, Chairman of the Building Committee, has also
spent numerous hours and has met with countless people to
try to create the best library possible. My thanks go to all of
them and to all the patrons and staff who have made me feel

To Ellen Hardsog, who helped bring about this addition, I
would also like to express my thanks. She was the director of
this library for six challenging years and will now enjoy the
addition as a patron - possibly the best vantage point!

Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Mahaffey,

Assistant Director/Acting Director

Derry Public Library Statistics

7/87-6/88 7/88-6/89

Total Circulation



Audiovisual materials circulated . . .

Volumes added

Volumes discarded

Volumes in library

Periodical subscriptions

Interlibrary loan requests filled ....

Reference questions taken

Reserve requests taken

New library card registrations



Children's programs


Class visits


Staff (full-time and part-time)

Hours open weekly

(Adult and Children's) 55

Derry Public Library Budget
July 1988 - June 1989


Town of Derry $260,934.43

Non-resident registration fees 480.00

Trust funds 353.01

Interest income 1,122.61

Copier receipts 536.95

Miscellaneous income 1,685.99











































Director's salary $ 24,882.71

Supervisors' salaries 62,271.55

Clerical salaries 55,647.80

General insurance 3,050.97

Employee insurance 9,004.37

PICA 10,689.31

Retirement 1 ,635.50

Supplies of trade 5,997.73

Mileage 578.65

Training 3,747.01

Audiovisual materials 4,005.29

Office supplies 3,180.54

Special events 735.00

Telephone 1,884.23

Postage 1,100.00

Electricity 2,942.39

Heating expense 1,195.45

Books/subscriptions 52,517.30

Office equipment repair 636. 14

New equipment 6,253.67

Printing 1 ,504.76

Water/sewer 274.70

Other services 6,279.00

Building repairs 5,098.92

TOTAL EXPENSES $265,1 12.99

FY 89 Taylor Library Report

July 3, 1989 marked the fifth anniversary of my position as
librarian at Taylor Library. During my first year, I wrote a
five-year plan for the library. It is gratifying to note that
most of the goals set at that time have been met.

Your elected Board of Library Trustees are responsible for
the implementation of many of those goals set in 1984. The
dedication of these non-paid public servants should not be
overlooked. Their attendance and input at board meetings,
committee meetings, and budget hearings may go unnoticed
by most of the community, but fortunately they continue to
serve you to bring about better library service. Thank you:
Marjorie Allen, Mary Garvey, Scott Lovejoy, Steve
Nickerson, Virginia True, Dick Apgar, and treasurer Fred

The volunteer efforts of the PEACH program students
from Grinnell School have saved the town tax dollars. These
special students have affixed protective covers on our new
books, saving library staff countless hours' work. Thank you,
Corinne Dodge, and your cheerful helpers.

The use of the library continues to grow, surpassing the
previous year's circulation figures and the number of
programs offered. I have observed an interesting trend. Users
here tend to be the very young and the older citizens. Statistics
suggest this to be true; we have increased juvenile circulation
and services and requests for large print materials for older
citizens. The "in betweens" are fewer in number. I find equal
enjoyment/satisfaction in meeting the needs of both age
groups. The child who insists to her mom that she wants to go
to her own library (Taylor) and the senior citizen who wants
to share a review of the latest Western he's read in large print
are equally served and satisfied.

Improvements to the building and necessary repairs include
electrical improvements and installation of drainage pipe to
alleviate the wet basement problem.

We are grateful for the gifts and support of various
individuals and organizations: Nutfield Community
Alliance, Derry Junior Women's Club, East Derry
Improvement Society, the Insurance Exchange, and First
Parish Church. The children's programs have benefited from
the efforts of Joanne Springfield Longley and Serena Levine
for volunteer leadership of story hour sessions; the late Al
Conner for a tour of Sunnycrest Orchards; Llamas Unlimited
for bringing their animals to the library; Granite State Dairy
Promotion and Lynne Blye for conducting the successful
Cow-to-Library program; Blue Seal Feeds and East Derry
Soft Serve for their contributions to the programs.

In March I completed the eight course four-year library
techniques program in which I was enrolled at UNH's School
for Lifelong Learning and New Hampshire State Library.
Professionally, I serve on the program committees of the
Merri Hill Rock Library Cooperative and New Hampshire
Library Association.

The staff and trustees of Taylor Library feel gratitude for
the accomplishments of FY 89 and look with anticipation to
FY90 when we hope to achieve more goals to serve Derry's
growing community.

Respectfully submitted,
Marjorie A. Palmer, Library Director
Taylor Library Hours (year round)
Mondays and Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Derry Historic District Commission Report

The members of the Commission have been seeking ways to
preserve the past in the Derry Upper Village weighing
aesthetic benefits against district restrictions. The Com-
mission does not demand conformity but compatibihty that
allows a taste of modern life in a district without
overwhelming it. Numerous work shops were held during the
year by the Commission members where their efforts were in
formulating ordinances and guidelines. Review of their work
was given to the property owners in the Upper Village Hall,
Tuesday, April 18, and the input from this meeting was again
back for more work shops to comply with the wishes of those
at that public hearing.

There are now over 50 Historic Districts in the State and the
numbers are growing each year and these aesthetic and
economic districts will continue to have that New England
charm in years to come.

Respectfully submitted,
Ralph S. Bonner, Chairman


Derry Recreation Department Report

July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989

The need for more facilities becomes more apparent with
each succeeding program, as the numbers of participants
increase as well as the variety of programs available increases.
Our growing needs are being met by ever expanding facilities.
Presently in the planning stage for the future are ball fields,
playground area, basketball, picnic area, hiking and nature
trails at the Scobie Pond site, a new playground area in the
Alexander-Carr site by site by the hospital, a ball field on a
site deeded to the Town off of Londonderry Lane, a renewed
area behind OHara Little League Field and Lover's Leap. All
of these areas are designed to take us into the next century.
Additional facilities are being planned for beyond that
period. The concern of the 1986 Master Plan which indicated
the two main areas of interest in Recreation were an indoor
Swimming Pool and an indoor Ice Rink did nol survive the
Mayor's long range budget plans. We will try to get them
reinstated as soon as possible.

The other facilities we operate have been as busy as every
i.e. Hood Park has the pond, tennis court (we lost one court
due to a faUing wall), basketball court, Street Hockey, play-
ground equipment, boat house, playground shelter, toilets,
tot lot, picnic tables and fireplace. We do not charge a user
fee or parking fee for those who utilize this area.

The Alexander-Carr Playground is another of our most
popular facilities. Everyone wants the space. The town has
made agreements with the Hospital to sell 5 acres to the
Parkland Medical Center for $360,000 plus $35,000 to replace
the existing Tot Lot area.

The Town made plans to allow the remainder of the
playground to be used as ground for expanding golf course.
We the Town retaining the use of property in winter for cross
country skiing and other winter sports.

The popular Day Camp which completed its first year at A-
C, was expanded to accommodate more participants
beginning its second season.

The winter playground at A-C continued with indoor and
outdoor activity throughout the winter months. We
expanded the cross country skiing activity to include our

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