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special population.

Gallien's Town Beach completed its second full year of
operation. Besides the beach with its dock and raft, we have
picnic tables, a Gazebo, and changing cubicles for the public.
We do have a concession stand and we rent out boats and
canoes for public use.

Our capacity there has been set at 500. Perhaps that will
increase once the sewer line goes through the property and the
configuration of the buildings is changed.

Here again the participation at this residents only facilities
is constantly growing and the public is expecting future

The other facility is the ballfield complex off South
Avenue. OHara Little League and Veteran's Memorial
Softball Field, the town's only lighted ball diamond behind
the field is a pre-school playground and two lighted tennis
courts. This area is going every day and night, Slo pitch
Softball being the largest and most active program with Little
League coming in second.

Volunteers are the fabric which holds our programs
together. Volunteer coaches, officials time keepers, scorers.

judges and people of all types it takes to organize, train,
teach, discipHne and encourage children of all ages. To all the
hundreds of parents and non parents who devote the time to
helping us, we thank them, that's all we can do. If we had to
pay people to do all the jobs they do for us, we simply could
not afford to have any of the programs we presently offer.

We do, however, offer them training under the National
Youth Sports Coaches Association and currently liability
protection under a new State law.

Cooperation with the schools in town is also very
important to the success of our programs both indoors and
outdoors. In the winter most of the facilities we utilize are
school facilities. Without school facilities, we would only
have the Veteran's Memorial Hall.

Pinkerton Academy has also been very cooperative by
allowing us to use their outdoor facilities for Thursday Night
Fun Run, Hershey Track try outs. Babe Ruth Baseball,
Legion Baseball, Grasshopper Baseball, T Ball, Softball
indoors they allowed us to use facilities for basketball.

We in turn allowed them to use our tennis courts and
Softball facilities.

It is cooperation such as this that encourages the most
efficient use of space at a lower operating cost.

This was the first year of operation for our department
with an assistant director in charge of Senior Citizens and
Special Population. With the Senior Citizens two new
programs were added, Cross Country Skiing and Water
Walking. In the special populations we were represented at
the Winter Special Olympics, the summer Special Olympics
and the swimming events.

We are always interested in what the public thinks of our
department and invite you to call us or write us with your
constructive criticism so that we may better address the
problems that face us.

Gerry Cox,
Recreation Director

Town Welfare Budget Report

The amount of $45,000 was requested for the Town
Welfare Budget for 1989-1990. Hopefully, this amount will
carry us through the fiscal year.

As stated in last year's report, I am still seeing quite a few
clients with evictions due to non-payment of rent. This has
usually been occuring when the head of the household has lost
his/her job, which is happening quite frequently lately due to
the present economic situation.

The Town has received some financial relief by way of the
Stewart B. McKinney Emergency Shelter Grant Program in
the amount of $2,500. To quahfy for this program, the town
had to allocate matching funds and submit a contract report
(in how the funds would be used; i.e. number of clients
assisted, dollars per client, per incident, etc. Although this
contract is involved and time consuming, I feel it is worth
both my time and effort.

Town Welfare is here to assist families when am emergency
exists and a family is without any funds. Verification of
necessary information is required and other sources of
financial assistance must be appHed for based on the
individual circumstances.


I would like to say THANK YOU to all those who have
been there with held when I needed their assistance.

Respectfully submitted,
Geraldine LaPlume

Welfare Department Budget Report

449 (128 families)
62 (Single)

Total Assistance Rendered $34,372.15

Reimbursements 2,003.55

(Welfare Liens & Welfare Assistance Reimb.)

Derry Planning Board Report

Julyl, 1988 -June 30, 1989

During the course of this past year the Planning Board has
responded to the continuing demands of residential,
commercial and industrial development and has attempted to
balance those demands with the need to protect and preserve
the natural environment. During the year the Planning Board
scheduled more than 48 meetings which were devoted to the
review of plans, provided a forum for pubHc input in the
planning process, and which were used by the Board to
develop proposed ordinances and regulations.

The plans reviewed by the Planning Board consisted of 24
prehminary subdivision plans, 79 final subdivision plans and
38 site plans. After considering the materials provided by
applicants, together with relevant information provided by
abuttors and the public at large, the Planning Board
approved plans which, in aggregate, included 220 new lots,
and 143 multifamily and planned residential development
units, with 60 of the multifamily units dedicated exclusively
for elderly housing.

Although the volume of proposed developments has abated
somewhat since last year, issues associated with the develop-
ment of land containing restrictive features, such as wetlands,
have become more complex. For example, the Board spent
many meetings reviewing plans for a proposed major
shopping center development and industrial park which had
an impact on important wetlands. The Board recognized the
need for "tax-positive" development, but maintained a
commitment to the preservation of our natural environment.
At public hearings the Board worked with and encouraged
the developer to recognize the need for minimization of
environmental impacts. As a result, revised plans were
developed which provided the required economic incentive
for the developer (and tax revenues to the Town) and at the
same time afforded maximum environmental protections.
The developer is currently awaiting state-required permits
and approvals.

Another example of the Board's commitment to our
natural environment was the Board's efforts in the
development of a Water Resources Protection Plan. The
Plan was developed with the technical assistance of the
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, at no direct
cost to the Town. The Plan defines and delineates watershed
areas and features as well as subsurface aquifers. It is

anticipated that the Plan will be adopted as part of the
Town's Master Plan early in the next fiscal year.

In order to increase the opportunities for commercial and
light industrial development within the Town, the Board
proposed zoning modifications which would increase the
areas within the Town for such development. After initial
public hearings and efforts to develop acceptable proposals,
the Board met with the Town Council to obtain their input on
the proposals (which included parcels on Scobie Pond Road
and Tsienneto Road). Thereafter, following public hearings,
the Board forwarded the proposals to the Council for action.
It is anticipated that the Council will act on the proposals
early in the next fiscal year.

Early in the prior fiscal year the Planning Board retained
the services of an independent consulting engineering firm,
Costello, Lomasney and deNapoH, for the review of plans
submitted to the Board. The engineer provides a written
report for each plan that is reviewed, outlining any necessary
modifications or corrections. Using the report as an element
of its technical review, the Board has been able to devote
more of its attention to broader planning issues and has sub-
stantially reduced the time required for an applicant to obtain
a public hearing before the Board. The taxpayers of Derry
will be pleased to know that the cost of plan review is funded
entirely from fees paid to the Planning Board by the
applicants. The plan review procedures and on-site field
inspections by Costello, Lomasney and deNapoli, under the
direction of the Department of Pubhc Works, will
substantially enhance the quality of all future development in
the Town of Derry. As with the plan review process, the field
inspection services are funded entirely from fees paid by the

During the course of the year several changes in the Board
membership took place. Mayor Dowd replaced former
Mayor Collette as a member of the Board, following March
elections. Frank Scott (formerly an alternate) and David
Gingras were appointed as permanent members to replace
Brenda Keith and Cecile Cormier who were elected as Town
Councillor and Library Trustee respectively. Frank Scott
replaced Cecile Cormier as Secretary of the Board. Brenda
Keith was subsequently appointed to the Board as the
Council's representative, replacing Michael Compos, and
Arthur McLean was appointed as the Council's alternate
member, replacing Fred Tompkins. David Barka was
appointed as an alternate to the Board. We wish to thank all
of those former members for their diligence and hard work as
members of the Planning Board and we look forward to
working with their very capable replacements.

One other member of the Board resigned this year. Carl
Napoli, a man dedicated to public service and to our
community, has finally decided to "retire" to Flordia. We
wish Carl and Vera the very best in their new home and
community. We shall treasure Carl's wisdom and whole-
hearted devotion to the preservation of our environment.

The Town of Derry is indeed fortunate to have George
Sioras as Town Planner and Jeanne Owen as Planning Board
Clerk. These individuals provide the continuity which is so
important to the planning process. Additionally, all of the
members of the Board are to be commended for their many
hours of dedicated service to the Town of Derry.

Respectfully submitted,
Hugh T. Lee, Chairman


Code Enforcement Annual Report

July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989

The fiscal year 1988/89 saw a decline in the total number of
permits issued for the third straight year. This can be
partially attributed to the overall slow down in the real estate
market. Surprisingly even with the overall decline, the
number of permits issued for new single family homes
increased. Also, because of the type of permits applied for,
there was a slight increase in revenue even with the decline in
permits issued.

Again, 1988/89 was a very busy year with over 2,700
inspections performed (this includes responses to zoning and
the health complaints) and as in past years, we have pursued
prosecution of violations in both District and Superior Court.
On several occasions the Town obtained injunctions in
Superior Court to stop substantial commercial activities in
residential zones.

We have continued to increase the professionalism of the
Code Enforcement staff with training seminars and national
certifications. I would like to thank Gloria Chesson, Asst.
Code Enforcement Officer/Health Officer; James Doolin,
Building Inspector/Electrical Inspector; Robert Mackey,
Building Inspector/Plumbing Inspector and Virginia Rioux,
Receptionist Clerk, for making my job easier.

Respectfully submitted,

John M. Freeman,

Code Enforcement Officer

Yearly Report 1988/89

Number Construction
Type of Permit Issued Cost

Single Family 158 $10,555,000.

Apartment Units 30 1 ,300,000.

Duplex 3 225,000.

Industrial 2 430,000.

Commercial 7 3,850,000.

Garages 36 547,000.

Renewals 93

Swimming Pools 72 296,000.

Wells 70

Barns 6 58,000.

Electrical 601 1,371,000.

Plumbing 297 1,012,000.

Utility Buildings 39 29,600.

Razing 19

Mobile Homes 8 200,000.

Signs 48

Additions-Remodeling 340 947,000.

Masonry-Chimneys 245 190,600.

Failed Systems 62

Other-Animal Shelter 1 200,000.

Other-Pump House 1 2,000.

Bandstand/Handicap Ramp . . . 2

Totals 2139 $21,213,200.

Respectfully submitted.

Total fees for Year 1988/89 John M . Freeman
$1 14, 143.60 Code Enforcement Officer

Public Works Department Report

The Public Works Department was again a very busy
organization in Fiscal Year 1989. Major Capital Projects
highlighted the year.

Capital Projects construction included the third year of the
Town's Roadway Management Program.

Pinkerton Street, Scobie Pond Road, Old Manchester
Road and Stark Road were reconstructed which included
sidewalks, curbing and new stormwater drainage systems.
Birch Street, Chester Road and South Main Street were
resurfaced to improve rideability and longevity of these
roads. Planning and appropriations were made for FY90
which will include repairing and resurfacing of East Derry
Road, Warner Hill Road and engineering for the planned
reconstruction of Shute's Corner.

The Planning coordination and construction effort for the
Roadway Management Program has shown that the
Department is a very effective and professional organization.
Citizens should feel confident that the Roadway Management
Program will continue to improve the Town's roadway
system at the lowest possible costs.

The Department resurfaced (shim) and stone sealed several
country roads in FY89. These included; Old Auburn Road,
Walnut Hill Road, Adams Pond Road, Floyd Road, Drew
Road, North Shore Road, and Kilrea Road and Windham
Depot Road.

The Stone Seal Program continues to be a very effective
and cost efficient pavement treatment system designed to
prolong the life of low volume roadways.

The Highway Division continued with routine summer and
winter maintenance including snow and ice removal.
Although the winter of 1988-89 was nearly "snowless" many
ice storms kept the Town's salt and sanding crews busy. The
Department's new Sander allowed more flexibility in route's
and the ability for more "spot" sanding, as needed.

Vehicle Maintenance crews were kept busy in an effort to
maintain the fleet in first class condition. Fortunately this
effort has paid off as "no" major breakdowns occured
during key emergency situations. A well maintained fleet
produces results!

The Cemetery Division completed the resurfacing of
another roadway within the Cemetery to provide easier access

Business at the Transfer Station and Landfill continues to
keep the department busy. Another major effort was made
to eliminate suspected illegal dumping from out-of-town
residents and rubbish haulers. A continuous monitoring
effort is necessary to reduce illegal tonnage from entering the
Transfer Station and Landfill.

The planning phase of a Townwide Recycling Program
began in FY89. The Recycling Program is currently planned
to begin in mid FY90 in an effort to reduce solid waste
tonnage from entering the waste stream.

The Water Division completed work on an important loop
within the Water Distribution System by "upsizing" the
South Main Street Water Main to 12". This work will help
with increased fire protection for the Fairways Development
and the southern part of the Town's Water System. The
"Fairways" contributed $35,000 to the upgrade work.

The Water Division also continued with the fire hydrant
reolacement and upgrade program by replacing older


hydrants on Chester Road, Windham Road and Pinkerton
Street. The Division will continue to pursue the goal of
providing a model water system for the present and future
needs of the citizens of Derry.

An important document, namely, the Town of Derry
Water System Master Plan was completed in FY89. This
Plan keys in on the long term needs of the Town concerning
future expansions, future supply etc. and establishes policies
and direction for Community Water Systems. With this
document the town can proceed in an orderly and well
planned direction into the 21st Century. The Department
would like to thank the efforts of the Mayor, the Administra-
tion, the Mayor's Council, Normandeau Engineers, the
Pliblic Work's Staff and Derry Citizens for the tremendous
effort in preparing the "Plan."

The Division also completed a study of the water rates
charged to its customers, a new rate structure was established
which is designed to encourage conservation of water by
reducing costs for those customers who conserve.

The Wastewater Division completed work on the new
septage receiving facility. This facility will allow septage to
be treated in an environmentally safe and efficient manner
under current state and federal regulations. The Division also
proceeded with the planning effort for the Beaver Lake Sewer
Project. Several hearings were held to explain costs,
procedures and time frames for the project. As currently
planned the $4 million project will begin in late 1989 and be
completed late 1990.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform all residents
that the Department will continue to strive to provide a first
class service organization for the entire Town of Derry.

Respectfully submitted,

Alan G. Swan, P. E.


Assessor's Office Report

July 1988 - June 1989

As you know the re-valuation project is in its final stage,
that is, the setting of values and mailing of notices to tax
payers which reflect those values has occurred. Notices have
been mailed (August 4, 1989) and the "informal" hearings
with the company have ensued.

At this point if property owners still have questions
concerning the re-valuation project they may inquire at the
Assessor's office and we will give any assistance we can.

Property owners are reminded that in order to file for an
abatement the property tax bills must have been mailed. We
expect these bills to be mailed in late October or early
November. Property owners who wish to, must file an
abatement request in writing, to the Town, within four
months of the date of mailing the tax bills. If they are dis-
satisfied with the Town's answer further appeal may be taken
to the Board of Tax and Land Appeals or the Rockingham
County Superior Court.

I firmly believe that this re-valuation project (equalization
project) is a good one overall. Although values have risen
two, three and four times over the 1979/80 re-valuation
assessments these current values are supported by market
conditions as of April 1, 1989, and reflect sales prices up to
that date. The Town of Derry will now meet the requirements
of RSA 75:1 which reads as follows:

"75:1 HOW APPRAISED. Except with respect to
open space land appraised pursuant to RSA 79-A:5,
and residences appraised pursuant to RSA 75:11, the
selectmen shall appraise all taxable property at its full
and true value in money as they would appraise the
same in payment of a just debt due from a solvent
debtor, and shall receive and consider all evidence that
may be submitted to them relative to the value of
property, the value of which cannot be determined by
personal examination."

The project has been and will continue to be the most
important for this Department. It has and will continue to
consume a great majority of our time. The major reason for
the project is to achieve EQUITY IN ASSESSMENTS
throughout Town. I believe this has been achieved.

Due to changes in the Elderly Exemption laws munici-
palities may change exemption levels (amounts) in assessed
value. All necessary hearings have been held and there are
new amounts in place as of April 1, 1989. I urge all elderly
individuals 65 years and older who have not applied, or who
have applied in the past, and were denied to schedule an
appointment with me to review the "new" requirements for
the exemption. I believe more people will qualify now, than
did in the past.

Current Use Accounts have kept us busy although there
were fewer accounts taken out of current use in 1988-1989
than in the past. Several new applications have been received
and processed, primarily due to the re-valuation project.

Listed below are some statistics covering the past twelve
months with a comparison with previous years:

1.) Real Estate Transfer - 1,201 for 1989, 1,602 for 1988,
1,980 for 1987, (1,844 for 1986).

2.) Mortgage Deeds - 3,211 for 1989, 3,532 for 1988,
4,445 for 1987, (3,433 for 1986).

3.) The sub-division plans are processed and filed.
Total taxable accounts are shown for growth compari-
sons as follows - 10,035-1989, 9,724-1988, 9,430-1987

4.) Town of Derry no longer has the Resident Tax.
1988 was the last year for it.
5.) For 1989 there are:

A. 1 ,262 qualified veteran exemptions (all categories)

B. 172 qualified elderly exemptions

C. 9 qualified blind exemptions

The Towns total net taxable value for 1988 was $549,604,780
as reported to the State Department of Revenue Administra-
tion on their Summary Inventory of Valuation form MS-1.
The anticipated total taxable value to be reported for 1989 is
still subject to change due to the re-valuation project. It is
estimated that the total net taxable value will exceed
$1,400,000,000. The estimated tax rate, as stated on the
notice of valuation form is $20.90. These figures are subject
to change, but they should be fairly close.

In conclusion I would like to thank my staff for a job well
done. Also, thanks go to the various town departments and
concerned citizens for their assistance and insights. Looking
forward to a productive fiscal year, 1989-90.

Respectfully submitted,

David N. Gomez, CMA, CNHA,



Animal Control Report

This was the year of the "urban" raccoon, opossum,
skunk, coyote and fox. We removed baby racoons from roof
tops, and chimney flues, skunks from back yard pools and
garages, no less than 10 opossum from Mt. Washingon
Street, and many more from other areas of downtown Derry.
Coyotes killed 10 sheep out on Sheldon Road, and were seen
fence fighting with the kenneled dogs at the same residence
the following night. Numerous calls were made to this office
about foxes behind people's homes and our answer to that
was, "leave them alone, grab your cameras and take pictures,
enjoy them". We also had a report of a fisher cat killing
ducks. The wild animals are becoming a concern because of
all the new developments being built in the wooded areas of
Derry. This was their home for so long and now you are
going to find them in "your back yard."

We chased horses that were not properlj fenced, and
investigated cruelty to horses for not being properly fenced.
We had a couple of horse bites reported, as well as bites from
baby raccoons that people had taken in as "pets". Raccoons
are wild animals, and while they are cute as babies, they do
grow up and mature, then they are wild again no matter how
"cute" they are. Leave them alone in the wild or call
someone who has experience v/ith wild animals and will care
for them and turn them back to the wild.

The puppy population has been on the decrease, at least
insofar as litters ending up in the kennel. It makes one hope
that the spay and neuter program the Greater Derry Humane
Society is running is making headway. They are also
extremely helpful in finding homes for the dogs who are not
claimed by their owners, down at the kennel, as well as the
ones that are turned over to us for adoption.

We moved into our new building across the brook from the
old one in December and spent the greater part of the winter
battling frozen pipes, and pans, and trying to keep our dogs
warm. It was quite a battle, but I think we won. The coming
winter should be easier. The new building is far more
efficient than the old one, and a lot easier to work in. Now to
the statistics for the year.

We picked up 355 dogs, and of that number 280 were
returned to their owners, 28 were adopted when no owner
came for them, and 47 were euthanized because they either
had bad temperament problems or were old or sick. There
were 49 dogs brought in for adoption for various reasons,
and all of them that were placeable were placed either
through this office or the Humane Society. There were 22
people bitten by dogs this year with 8 of them being confined
at the kennel because they did not have their rabies shots. We
investigated 61 cruelty cases and resolved them one way or
another. Many of them were dogs left in cars in parking lots
while their owners shopped in air conditioned comfort.
Leaving pets in cars even with the windows down is a very
dangerous and irresponsible thing to do. Heat builds up
within minutes to the extent that it will kill the animal. Law

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