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OFFICIALS — DEPARTMENTS — COMMITTEES

OF THE

TOWN OF DERRY

NEW HAMPSHIRE



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FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 1, 1993 to JUNE 30, 1994

Including Streets by Districts



POPULATION: 29,603 (1990 Census)

NET TAXABLE VALUATION: (1993) 998,861,496

TAX RATE TOTAL: Derry - $39.90/$ 1,000
E. Derry - $39. 14/$ 1,000

TOWN PORTION


$10.69/$1,000
$24.56/$l,000
. $1.27/$ 1,000
$3.38


SCHOOL DISTRICT


COUNTY


DERRY FIRE PRECINCT


E. DERRY FIRE PRECINCT


$2.62


AREA: 37.18 Square Miles Acres 23,796 + /-
TOWN MAINTAINED ROADS: 153 miles



EXEMPTIONS

All persons desiring to apply for any exemptions must fill out a permanent application with the Assessing
Department not earlier than January 1, but before April 15 in the year in which you qualify for said ex-
emption. Further information may be obtained from the Assessing Department, and or the reverse of your
tax bill.

OPTIONAL ADJUSTED ELDERLY EXEMPTION

1) a person has to have been a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least five (5) years preceding
April 1st; 2) must have a net income from all sources, except those listed in RSA 72:43c, of less than
$10,000, or if married, less than $12,000; 3) own assets of any kind, tangible or intangible, less bonafide
encumbrances, not in excess of $100,000.00; 4) is at least 65 years old on or before April 1st; and 5) must
not have received transfer of the property from a blood relation, or person related by marriage, within five
(5) years prior to date of application (April 1). An exemption of $68,000 for residents 65 years of age up to
74, $101,000 from 75 years of age up to 79, and $135,000 from 80 years of age and older is applied to the
assessed value of the property.

EXEMPTION OF THE BLIND

Pursuant to RSA 72 those persons considered legally blind as determined by the Administrator of Blind
Services of the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the Education Department may apply for the exemp-
tion for the blind. Amount is $15,000 off the assessed value. Applications are accepted at the Assessing
Department not before January 1 and not after April 15.

VETERAN'S CREDIT

1) the person has to be a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least one (1) year previous to April
1st of the year in which the exemption is applied for, 2) has to have served not less than ninety (90) days in
the Armed Forces of the United States in a war or conflict as outlined in RSA 72:28; 4) must have been
honorably discharged. The exemption in the amount of $ 100.00 is applied to the amount of tax due. An ex-
emption of $1,400.00 is also available to the Veteran if he/she is 1()0% permanently disabled as a resuU of
a service connected injury. A copy of the DD214 or discharge paper is required when applying.

CURRENT USE

In order to encourage appreciation for the environment, conserve land and other resources, and to main-
tain open space, there are provisions for placing land in Current Use status where it is taxed at a lower rate.
Many restrictions apply, including in most cases, a 10 acre minimum. If you desire to investigate it further,
you may inquire at the Assessing Department or refer to RSA 79- A (amended).

MANUFACTURED HOUSING

Whenever a person moves manufactured housing into a city or town for the purpose of residing in the
Town, or whenever a person purchases an existing manufactured unit, he shall, within fifteen (15) days,
register with the Assessing Department of the Town. (RSA 72:7-b)

GIFTS TO CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Under the provisions of RSA 36-A:4, Conservation Commission may receive gifts of money and property,
both real and personal, in the name of the city or town, subject to approval of the Town Council. Such
gifts are to managed and contained by the Commission for the purpose for which intended.



REPORTS OF

OFFICIALS — DEPARTMENTS — COMMITTEES

OFTHE

TOWN OF DERRY

NEW HAMPSHIRE




FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 1, 1993 to JUNE 30, 1994

Including Streets by Districts



In Memoriam







JULIA "Dolly" TORRE

Secretary Parks & Recreation Department
2/19/30-4/29/94



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In Appreciation

20 Years Dedicated Service




CHIEF JAMES L. COTE

Retired August 1, 1993
DERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT



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PROCLAMATION

On The Settlement of The T^utfield Colony



1^{EJ<-Eyi5. The Towns ofTDerrv. Coudonderry and 'Windham In rhe ^Province of

T^cipjiampshlre urge citizens to participate in the Z7Sth Anniversary
of the beginning of the settlement ofJS/iitfleld. and

IfX^iTJ^-EyiS: '/Jilt field's vast land tract bettveen Tiscatacjiia and Merrimack yZ.ivers
being the frontier ofoldT^erv England in the Seventeen Jiundreds. and

'WJiZJ^EAS: Ife like to pause and acknowledge the challenges of the sturdy

immigrants who first came here, staked out rhe land, settled here, and

l/VJiEJ^EAS: They introduced the production of linen making and the first white Irish
potato planting in T^orth America. Tl\ey brought with them their beliefs,
knowledge, skills and their pioneer courage to accept the challenges
of the land and work with the Indians, allowing t/iem to move forward and
help defend the Ideals ofUemocracy at places such as Lexington and
Bunker Jiill. and

T]iEJ?JLfOyZ.E: ll7e send out THE CALL to welcome and urge our fellow citizens.

and the various schools and service organizations to take part in this
salute to the pioneers by incorporating the adopted theme idea for rhe
year 1994- as HUTFIELD FBONTIER in any programs being
planned during the historic 275th year of the Celebration of the old
y^ut field frontier.



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Live free or Die




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Purpose of the 275 th Anniversary Logo

To create community spirit and awareness of the past, present, and
future m the Towns of Dcrry, Londonderry, and Windham.

Trees and Wildlife represent Life

Nutfield was heavily forested: chestnuts, walnuts, butternuts, hickories
and oaks provided food, shelter, fuel, and tools.
Abundant animals provided food and clothing: deer, duck, turkeys,
beaver, rabbit, muskrat, bear, and moose from the forest; fish and clams
from streams and lakes.



Native Americans represent Piirtnership

The Abcrnake, and Penacook tribes traded furs and tauglit the settlers
how to trap, grow crops, and preserve foods.

Scottish Settlers represent Regional Ancestors

Men, women, and children fought in the siege of Londonderr)', Ireland,
for the Enghsh l^ng and were given the opportunity to practice their
religious beUefs in the New World. Sailed to Boston and dispersed:
families came to Nutfield with knowledge of flax growing, linen
making, potato farming, and education.



With Thanks to the Artists

Logo designed and drawn by Patricia Verani, artist and sculptress living in Londonderry.

Logo colorized and scrccTi printed by Dale Harding, graphic designer and production artist living in Derry.



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Historic District Commission Heritage
Report

1993 - 1994

The Commission members have met with the Historical
Society Directors four times during the year with added
workshops and committee meetings as needed.

The highUght of this year was the planning and working
with Windham and Londonderry in the celebration of the
275th Anniversary of Nutfield, in developing a proclamation,
a logo and a collectible stamp cancellation produced by the
Postal Service to commemorate the anniversary of the fron-
tier settlement.

Forest Hill Cemetery has been surveyed, marked, and map-
ped by Eagle Scout Eric Morkus under the direction of Com-
mission member Richard Holmes. As part of the 275th
Celebration, there have been over 25 tours to see the early set-
tlers' markers conducted by Mr. Holmes.

A Brief History of Derry, with art work by Deborah Cur-
tin, was reprinted and is available at the libraries and Broad-
way Book Store.

We received donations to our Witch Hazel collectable bot-
tles project which helped restore the belfry at the Adams
Female Academy. The bell is on loan to the present owner,
Scott Richardson, by the Derry Historical Society.

A review of the Veterans Memorial Hall was requested by
the Recreation Department, because some have asked that the
balcony be taken down to allow more recreational usage.
Commissioner Dave Udelsman, an achitect, suggested that
the balcony could be modified to provide a walking/running
track, with proper egress, without harming the integrity of
the original design. Commissioner Udelsman noted that the
Veterans Memorial Hall is another link in Derry's history,
and with current improvements of the Adams Memorial
Building in planning stages, and the town's Bicentennial and
Fire Museum across the street, this corner of town has good
potential as a civic and cultural center and should be incor-
porated into the town's master plan. This is one key in
creating strong economic growth for our town.

On the anniversary of his being the first American in space
(May 5, 1961), Alan Shepard was remembered this year with
a window display at the Broadway Book Store. In celebration
back in 1961, the town of Derry became "Spacetown,
U.S.A." and enjoyed an instant parade.

Concerned neighbors in the Windham Road area were be-
moaning the loss of the old stone wellhouse of the Lafayette
Spring Crystal Water Company. The Commission made a
survey and a report of the site and sent copies to the State
Preservation Office. It is hoped that a suitable marker will be
placed at this historical site in the near future.

The Adams Memorial Building which is listed on the Na-
tional Register has been saved from possible demolition by
the action of the Town Council, the Derry Historical Society,
and the Greater Derry Arts Council.

The Commission is looking into the possibility of getting
onto the National Register the Station #1 Fire house and the
Derry Depot.

Respectfully submitted,

Ralph Bonner,

Chairman. DHDC




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First Parish Church, East Derry - 275th Anniversary

Celebration of the foundary of Nutfield.

Rev. Mr. James McGregore - First Settler - March 5, 1 729




Richard Holmes, Town Historian
275th Anniversary of Nutfield
Tour of Forest Hill Cemetery




East Derry Church & Graveyard



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INDEX



Historic District Commission Heritage Report 4

Town Councilors 8

Town Officers 9

Town Administrator's Report 13

Derry Development & Preservation Corp. Report 13

Fire Department Report 14

Emergency Medical Services Report 15

Police Department Report 16

Planning Department Report 17

Recreation Department Report 17

Housing & Redevelopment Authority Report 20

Town Welfare Department Report 20

Public Works Department Report 20

Planning Board Report 22

Zoning Board of Adjustment Report 22

Derry Public Library Report 23

Taylor Library Report 25

Animal Control Report 27

Derry Conservation Commission Report 28

Recreation & Parks, Buildings & Grounds

Cemetery & Tree Warden Report 28

Highway Safety Report 29

Building & Health Department Report 29

Assessing Department Report 30

Tax Collector's Report 35

Treasurer's Report 38

Town Clerk's Report 39

Election Warrant 39

Auditor's Report 42

General Fund Balance Sheet 48

General Government Exp 50

Property Tax Comparisons 52

Bond Payments 54

Miscellaneous Statistics 55

Statement of Legal Debt Margin 56

Comparative Schedule of General Fixed Assets 57

Capital Improvement Plan 60

Sewer & Water Balance Sheets 65

Report of Common Trust Funds 69

Street Listings by District 73

Derfy Town Charter 77



Town Councilors





Hugh T. Lee
District ttl



Arthur McLean, Chairman
District #2



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Frederick A. Tompkins
District #3




Carolyn F. Johnson
District U




Craig W. Bulkley
Councilor-at-Large



No Photo Available.



Robert Drolet
Councilor-at-large




May Casten
Councilor-at-large



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Town Officers

(July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994)



Town Councilors

Hugh T. Lee Arthur McLean, Chairman

District #1 District tt2



Frederick A. Tompkins
District #5



Craig W. Bulkey
Councilor-at-large



Carolyn Johnson
District #4



Robert Drolet
Councilor-at-large

Town Treasurer

Rita Correia

Town Clerk

Pauline Myers
Marjorie Swanson, Deputy

Moderator

William ZoUa



May Casten
Councilor-at-large



Jeannine Rusaw
1996



Supervisors of the Checklist

Wayne Jacques
1998



Edward D. Johnson
2000



Janet Corless

1997
Marsha Cook

1997



MacGregor Library Trustees

Karl Schenker

1995
Janice E. Graham

1995
Elizabeth Ives

1995



Joan Paduchowski

1996

Janet Conroy

1996



Pamela Otis
1997



Taylor Library Trustees

Marjorie Allen

1995

Richard P. Apjar

1995



Elaine Rendo

1996
Virginia True

1996



Rosemary Fesh
1997



Trustees of Trust Funds

Carol Halpin
1995



Diane Laughlin
1996



Town Administrator

William H. Jackson

Sandra Bissette, Administrative Assistant

Alice ZoUa, Receptionist

Tax Collector

Patricia Milone
Donna Dinette, Deputy

Town Legal Counsel

Law Firm of: Boutin & Solomon
Devine, Millimet & Branch



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Mary Ann Edman

1997

Frank Scott (TA Rep)

1995

Frederick A. Tompkins (Council

Rep)

David Gomez, (Admin. Rep.)



Carolyn Johnson
(Council Rep.)



Planning Board

Jeanne Rousseau

1995
Victor Jubinville

1995



Alternates:

Deborah Nutter

1997

Judith Hobbs

1995



Stephen Riesland

1996

Robert Keith

1996

George Zanni
1996



Nancy C. Lundberg
1995



Police Department

Chief Edward B. Garone

Capt. Malcolm Maclver

Capt. Charles Steele

Fire Department

Chief Ronald Gagnon
Dept. Chief Gary McCarraher

East Derry Fire Department

Chief William H. J. Ludwig



Recreation/Parks/Buildings/Grounds/Cemetery Department

Donald Ball, Director
Diana LaPlante, Assistant Recreation

Animal Control Department

Officer Florence Ouellette
Marlene Bishop, Deputy

Assessing Department

Assessor David Gomez
Barbara Chapman, Appraiser

Finance Department

Director Grace Collette
Gayle Gagnon, Assistant

Welfare Department

Jane Wilkalis

Code Enforcement/Office of Development/Health

George S\oxa.%, Director of Development

James Doolin, Sr., Code Enforcement Officer /Health Officer

Robert Mackey, Code Enforcement Officer /Health Officer

Public Works Department

Director Alan Swan
Janet Thompson, Administrative Assistant

Tree Warden

Donald Ball



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Emergency Management

Director Robert Pullman



Jon Zirpolo

1995
Bruce Gurley



James Lupien

1995
Wilbur Palmer

1995



Overseers of the Cemetery

Bertrand Peabody

Alfred Hepworth

Glen Peabody

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Patricia Norton

1996
Paul Hopfgarten

1995

Alternates:

Paul Dacier

1996

Frank Sapareto

1996



Matthew Campanella
1997

1996 :



Lawrence Varga
1997



Highway Safety Committee

Alan Cote (Public Works) Chief Ronald Gagnon (Fire Dept)

Chief Edward Garone (Police Dept) Grant Benson, Jr. (at-large)

Roger Montbleau (Chairman) James Roy (at-large)

William Ludwig (E.D. Fire) Dean Ellis

John Sobolewski





Board of Commissioners






Housing and Redevelopment Authority




Kathryn Aranda


Joel Olbricht


Michael Gill


1995


1996


1997


Waher Jablonski


Robert O'Keefe




1998


1999





Derry Housing Authority

John Brown, Executive Director
Betty Hart well. Secretary

504 Compliance Committee



Donna DiMarzio


Carol Holmes


James DooUn


(Chairperson)


(Nat. Fed. of the Blind)

Lynn Smith
(Chamber of Commerce)

Conservation Commission


(Code Enforcement Officer)


Faye Halsband


Albert Doolittle, Chairman


Francis Cormier


1995


1996


1997


Robert Lindsay


Richard Bergeron




1995


1996
Alternates:




Constance Ward


Eileen Chabot


William Hoyt


1995


1996
Historic District Commission


1997


Ralph Bonner


Richard Holmes


David Udelsman


1995


1996


1997


1. Richard Malone


George Grinnell


Robert Drolet (Council Rep.)


1995


1996


1995



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Alternates:



Janice Rioux
1996



Joanne D'Agata
1996



Edward Ciancio
Marsha Cook
James Owen



Marsha Cook

Barbara EUingwood

Carol Fascione



Craig W. Bulkley
Ann Harden
Andrew Lane



Cable Television Advisory Committee

Ron Tveter

John Kisielewski

Barbara EUingwood

Cable Contract Negotiations Committee

Roy Feinauer

Ronald Hayward

Hugh Lee (Council Rep.)

Community Playground Committee

Rod Folia

Cindy Pingree

Richard DeBourke



Bernard Resnick



Michael Hanson
Bernard Resnick



Susan Broadwater
Timothy Peloquin




Chief Garone and Town Administrator, Bill Jackson, along

with other recreation staff give support to Derry Police Officers

running for N.H.S.O. Torch Run.



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Town Administrator's Report

In July of 1993, Derry started its third form of government
in 10 years. In 1983, a 5 member board of selectmen and an
administrative assistant ran the town - in 1986, a Mayor and
five member Town Council with an administrator took over,
and finally 1993 saw the current form - a 7 member Town
Council and a town administrator at the helm.

Last year was the year of many changes in town. The town
is steel reeling after the recent court ordered revaluation. This
coupled with the continued slowness in the economy has hit
Derry particularly hard. Through all of this we have tried to
maintain the expected level of service for the community.

This Town Report outlines some of the projects the Town's
Departments and Boards have been involved with during the
year. It is important to state that all of the Town departments
operate on the "team" principal. We are all aware of the
needs of each department and how that need fits into the level
of service we provide to you, the residents of the town.

This past winter was an example of how this town operates
under adverse conditions. In a word the weather was "hor-
rendous". You would have to go back many years to find a
winter that produced the amount of ice that we had to con-
tend with. Yet when all was said and done - the Town did not
require any supplementary money to deal with the expense of
maintaining the roads. Did we have perfectly plowed and
cleared roads - certainly not! But what we did have was all of
the town departments: police, fire, highway, parks & rec, etc.
putting their best effort forward to deal with the problem.
This by itself would not work if it wasn't for the patience and
help of the public at large - you understood the problem,
changed your driving habits, put up with conditions you
would not normally put up with and thereby helped us all
make it through. At times you were angry and couldn't
understand why things were not "happening" but you stuck
it out - you are the final ingredient to making town govern-
ment work!

It has been a pleasure being of service to you during this
past year as Town Administrator - a tough and trying year for
all but a year once again that brought forth the best in Derry.
Next year will be even better!

William H. Jackson
Town Administrator



Derry Development and Preservation Corp.
(DDPC) Report

FY 1994

The DDPC has been asked for the first time to provide a
report for the annual Derry Town Report. This request
underscores one of the significant accompUshments of the
Town and the DDPC during FY 1994. We are all moving in
an ever focusing common direction to provide a proactive
and friendly business environment in Derry. The cooperation
and involvement of the Town Administator and Town Coun-
cil, the Planning Board and Planning Department as well as
other Boards and Departments involved in Commercial and
Industrial development has been instrumental in laying the



foundation for improving Derry's image in the business com-
munity. These efforts are paying off as I will describe later in
this report.

Some of you may be asking yourself "What is the
DDPC"?. Very briefly, the Derry Development and Preser-
vation Corp. (DDPC) is a private non-profit local economic
development corporation. We have one full time paid
employee (Executive Director) and approximately 35
volunteer Board members comprised of Derry residents smd
business owners. We have been in existence as a corporation
for about two years. In FY 1994 we were supported entirely
by the Town. In FY 1995, fully one third of our funding now
comes from DDPC internal sources, and we will continue to
reduce our reliance on Town financial support until we are
completely self supporting.

Our mission is to create jobs in Derry and diversify the tax
base by promoting and assisting the startup and expansion of
local businesses as well as the relocation of businesses to
Derry. Our portfolio of services is focused in two areas:
Business support services:

We assist companies with a wide range of general support
services and resources. Our services include but are not
Hmited to the following areas:

• Business Plan Development

• Marketing Assistance

• Space Acquisition

• Efficiency Studies

• Job Placement and Training

• Vendor Matching

• Assistance with Permitting

• Problem Resolution

These services are provided in-house or through utiHzing
the services of various State and Local Agencies including the
NH Job Training Council, the NH Department of Resources
and Economic Development, the NH Industrial Research
Center and the Derry Planning Department.
Financial Assistance:

The DDPC has a variety of financing resources available to
any business that will create new jobs within Derry through
start-up, expansion or relocation. Some of the basic pro-
grams include:

• Community Development Block Grant Program
available through the NH Office of State Planning.

• Small Business Administration direct lending

• DDPC internal revolving loan fund

• "Matchmaking" services with other sources of public
and private financing to complete a financing package.

Our overall goal is to evolve as a "one stop shopping"
source for a businesses start-up, expansion or relocation
needs.

Our major accomplishments during FY 1994 are as
follows:

• The successful resolution of the Needham/Jensen
("Dynaco") Community

Development Block Grant (CDBG) Loan default. These
negotiations resulted in all principle, interest and legal fees
being returned to the State and the DDPC. The DDPC
Revolving Loan Fund received over $100,000 as a result of
this settlement. This money is now available to be used in
business loan packages in Derry.



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• The DDPC assisted in the lease up of the Klev-Bro building
by facilitating the move of one company to the building from
out of state, the expansion of two Derry companies into the
facility, and the start-up of one Derry company in the
building. We are presently working with several other com-
panies to complete the lease up of the building. The best news
is that when the building is full, there will Hkely be as many or
more jobs created in the building as in the original Dynaco
plans for occupying the building.

• The DDPC found a permanent home on the second floor
of the Fleet Bank building in downtown Derry. This 2 room
office suite as donated to the DDPC by Fleet Bank. Our
thanks go out to Branch Manager, Nancy Sullivan as well as
the entire Fleet organization for their generosity. Their dona-
tion saves the DDPC and the Town of Derry in excess of
$7,000 per year in leasing costs.

• The DDPC and the Town successfully acquired a $100,000
CDBG loan for the Nutfield Brewing Company. This loan
approval from the State culminated almost two years of
ongoing DDPC support for this start-up company that will
locate in the Klev-Bro building and create in excess of 10 jobs.

Much of our day-to-day accomplishments are "behind the
scenes". Due to confidentiality requirements, our ac-
complishments only become public when the company we are
working with feels the time is right. As of this writing, we are


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