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working actively with approximately 15 companies who are
considering start-up, expansion or relocation in Derry.

Commercial and Industrial interest in Derry has increased
significantly in the last 6 months. As the economy continues
to improve and the word gets out that Derry has a proactive
business environment, this interst should accelerate. If we
continue to work together, Derry has a very bright future.
The DDPC looks forward to being a part of that future.

Respectively submitted,

Ronald C. Hilfiker,

Executive Director

Derry Fire Department Report

FY 1994

The past year has found several changes to the Derry Fire
Department. The most significant change was the retirement
of James J. Cote as Chief of the Department. Jim had been
with the fire dpeartment for 29 years and was chief for 17
years. A retirement dinner was held in his honor with many
local chiefs, town/state officials and many of his friends and
relatives in attendance. I know I speak for all the members of
the department when I say "THANK YOU" for your many
years of dedicated service to the Derry Fire Department and
the Town of Derry.

Another major change came with the retirement of Donald
F. Gelinas who was the Emergency Medical Services Super-
visor. Don was very instrumental in making Derry's am-
bulance service what it is today, one of the best (if not the
best), in New Hampshire (See EMS report).

In April Gary McCarraher was brought on board as the
deputy chief. Gary is a well qualified individual who is an
asset to the department.

In September of last year the first truck that had been
refurbished was delivered to the department. In April of this
year the second of the vehicles had been completed and
delivered. Both vehicles are back in service and are expected
to provide us with at least 5 years of service. These trucks are
over 17 years old and replacements must be considered and
planned for at this time. The third vehicle to be refurbished is
the water tanker truck. This vehicle should be completed by
December, thus completing the refurbishing project.

The vehicle maintenance division continues to keep our
aging fleet on the road and in service. Their preventive
maintenance program and emergency repairs have saved this
department and the town a considerable amount of money.

The most critical issue in this department continues to be
the lack of additional manpower. During the last budget
season this issue was addressed at length with the council, and
will be a high priority item again this year. We continue to see
an increase in emergency calls with the same amount of per-

The fire prevention bureau continues to provide an inspec-
tion service to the town with a high degree of professionalism.
The number of routine inspections of commercial buildings,
and the investigations of fires as well as alarm activations,
keep the inspectors extremely busy.

All the members of the department continue to stay abreast
of the latest firefighting techniques by taking re-certification
exams each year. This provides the department and the town
with the best trained men and women to carry out the mission
of providing the best protection from loss of life and proper-
ty. This department will continue to strive to provide the best
service to the town as we move to the twenty first century.

Respectfully submitted,
Ronald D. Gagnon, Fire Chief

Derry Fire Department
July 1, 1993 thru June 30, 1994

Wood/Coal Stoves 24

Oil/Gas Burners 95

Oil - 63
Gas - 32

Fire Alarm Test 780

Fire Inspections 542

Plan/Review 8

Ambulance Assists 489

Hazardous Conditions 94

Fire Calls 154

Good Intent 158

False Calls 399

Mutual Aid 78

Rec-d - 22

Given - 56

Service Calls 151

Other Situations 14

Total Calls 1459

Value of Property Involved in Fire $7,252,642

Property Damaged by Fire $ 342,835


Emergency Medical Services Report

The Derry Fire Department Ambulance Service once again
had a record number of calls during this past year. The am-
bulance service call volume has steadily risen each year,
creating increased demands on our available resources. The
department continues to staff ambulances with personnel
removed from the fire apparatus. All personnel are cross
trained as Firefighter/EMT's or Firefighter/Paramedics,
which allows for this cross-staffing or fire apparatus and am-
bulances. This system has always been manageable for the
department in the past, however, has become more difficult
in recent years due to the increased call volume. The primary
goal of the Derry Fire Department EMS System continues to
be to provide the highest quality pre-hospital emergency
medical care, as economically efficient as possible.

The Department is very proud to once again lead the EMS
industry in the State of New Hampshire by being the first to
utilize 12-lead electro-cardiograms in the pre-hospital en-
vironment. The use of this 12-lead EKG will allow depart-
ment paramedics to more accurately assess a cardiac patient
and quicken advanced treatments to deal with a true cardiac
emergency. The Department feels very fortunate to have the
Parkland Medical Center assist with program implementation
expenses and program development. The Parkland Medical
Center is continuously supportive of all efforts of the Derry
Fire Department to provide the highest quality pre-hospital

Finally, the Derry Fire Department would like to recognize
former EMS Supervisor Donald Gelinas who retired in July
of 1993. Donald Gelinas was instrumental in the development
of the Derry Fire Department's EMS System. Without his in-
genuity, professionalism, and dedication to providing
nothing but the best emergency medical service to the people
within our response districts, the system would not be nearly
as exclusive as it is today. Donald Gelinas will always be
known as the person who created Derry's Advanced Life Sup-
port Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Service. The Depart-
ment would Hke to say "thank you" and "best of luck" to
Donald Gelinas. Your contributions to this Department and
commitment to service will always be respected by depart-
ment personnel, citizens of the Town and the patients we con-
tinue to provide with advanced life support pre-hospital care.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael J. Gagnon, EMS Coordinator

Statistics from FY 1994

1) Total runs (billable and non-billable) by location;

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Other 9 7

Total 1852 728

2) Runs by complaint; count

Resp Distress 165

Chest Pain 167

Head Insury 195

Fractures 23 1

Neck & Back Injuries 230

General Weakness 219

Seizures 82

Behavioral Problems 37

Unconscious 16

Multi Trama 71

Diabetic Reaction 36

Drug Overdose 56

Hemorrhage 62

Cardiac Arrest 43

Stroke/CVA 19

Other 223

Total 1852

3) Destinations;


Parkland Hosp 1310

Elliott Hosp 332

Catholic Med. Ctr 109

Nashua Mem'l 41

St. Joseph, Nashua 26

Other 33

4) Run volume by month;

Billable Non-Billable

July '93 181 52

August '93 151 60

Sept '93 157 47

Oct '93 167 36

Nov '93 159 39

Dec '93 174 62

Jan '94 166 90

Feb '94 114 55

Mar '94 115 56

Apr '94 123 66

May '94 139 70

June '94 171 80

5) Services Provided;


Oxygen 793

IV 513

Defib 23


Immobilization 687

Exp. Supplies 280

Intubation 43

Cardiac Monitor 649



Police Department Report - 1994

This fiscal year saw an increase in the number of police of-
ficers patrolling the streets of Derry. The Department's allot-
ted strength went from forty-two officers to forty-seven of-
ficers. The Department is now comprised of the Chief of
PoUce, two Captains, four Lieutenants, eight Sergeants, thir-
ty Patrolmen, five Civilian Dispatchers, and seven Civilian
Support Personnel.

Attached you will see a Functional Organizational Chart
that will represent how the Police Department is currently

The crime statistics for Fiscal Year '94 show a direct cor-
relation to and are consistent with National Crime Statistics
released by the FBI for the same period of time. While total
crime reports have dropped off slightly, there has been an in-
crease in crimes against persons. Assault cases are on the rise.
This may be attributed to society becoming less tolerant of
Domestic Violence and related offenses as well as some
elements of our society not being deterred by the presence of
law enforcement or the threat of incarceration.

One of the additional positions in the agency allowed for
an additional investigator to assist in the investigation of sex-
ual assault cases. These types of cases are being reported
more frequently as the community's awareness grows.

Property crimes such as burglary and vandalism have
decreased slightly. This is, in all likelihood due to the increas-
ed police presence in the Town. We have noted, however, that
the vast majority of burglaries that occur in Derry are com-
mitted by persons that are motivated by drug habits. They
commit these crimes to support their illegal activities in the
drug trade. Consequently, we continue to see increasing drug
activity related to Cocaine and Crack Cocaine. This year we
raided a Crack House on English Range Road, several
automobiles and a motorcycle were seized in that raid.

One notable burglary was committed at a local gun shop.


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Thirty-five firearms, both handguns and rifles, were reported
stolen. An intensive investigation by the Department led to
the recovery of twenty-eight of the guns and the arrests of five
people for crimes related to the burglary.

During this past year, the Derry Police Department in-
vestigated 793 motor vehicle accidents, and 192 of those in-
volved personal injury, injuring 251 people. We recorded
three fatal accidents during the past year, two were alcohol
related cases. The total number of accidents was elevated in
part because of the extremely harsh winter weather we ex-
perienced last year.

The Department stopped 7,623 motor vehicles for various
motor vehicle law violations. One thousand six hundred sixty
three motor vehicle summonses and 6,116 warnings were

Community Relations continues to be a high priority for
the Derry Police Department.

This year we became involved in the Derryfest Celebration
bringing the Convincer (Seat bek education) to Derry and
sponsoring a Crime Prevention Booth at the event.

Officer Bob Napoli initiated a new program where
youngsters are rewarded if observed wearing a helmet while
riding a bicycle. The youngsters are given a ticket for a free
ice cream at a local ice cream shop.

These types of activity can only foster positive feelings bet-
ween the Community and members of our Department.

This year we installed a new computer system. The system
totally automates the record keeping function and fully in-
tegrates all of the Department's records. Dispatching officers
to crimes is also automated with a computer aided dispatch

The added efficiency of the Department will enable us to
better serve the citizens of Derry.

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Planning Department Report

FY 93-94

The Planning Department remained busy during the
1993-1994 fiscal year. This past year we continued working
on special projects which we hope will have a long-term
positive impact on the Town.

The Department has been working with the Upper Room
Teen Center on successful completion of their Community
Development Block Grant. Work included partial grant ap-
plication material, on environmental impact report and the
selection of an architect for the renovation of the barn. Ac-
tual work is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 1994.

Work with the Hoodkroft Country Club, the Derry Con-
servation Committee, private land owners and volunteers
regarding the possible expansion of the golf course into an 18
hole facility continues. Final wetland mapping was completed
this year and the project is moving forward.

A federal grant was successfully obtained for Phase I of the
Derry Bikeway and Trail Program. Currently, engineering
designs and actual construction has begun in earnest. We
hope to obtain additional grant money for future phases of
the trail.

Staff assistance continues to be provided to the Planning
and Zoning Boards on a weekly basis. We have assisted in the
completion and adoption of the 1994 Master Plan update. We
are also assisting the Planning Board with a Growth Manage-
ment Ordinance, Impact Fee Ordinance and revisions to the
Land Development Control Regulations. Computerizing the
planning and zoning files continues, as well as the implemen-
tation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) computer

Another major project the Department, in conjunction
with the Derry Development and Preservation Corporation,
undertaken this past year, was to successfully obtain a Com-
munity Development Block Grant for a new business venture
- a micro brewery company which will locate in the former
Klev-Bros. Shoe building.

We continue to work with the Southern New Hampshire
Planning Commission, Transportation Planning Advisory
Technical Committee, looking at the region's transportation
needs; and working with the Commission's Economic
Development Committee.

The Department has recently begun working with the Town
Administrator's office on a Federal Grant/Funding Locator
CD-Rom which will allow us to research federal grants and
funding programs.

In conclusion, I would like to commend Jeanne Owen in
assisting myself and the Department with her dedication, as
well as Virginia Rioux and Gloria Hebert for their daily
assistance. I would also like to thank the Planning Board
chairman, Mary Ann Edman, as well as the Planning Board
members for their support and assistance. The Planning
Department looks forward to continuing to provide service to
the community.

Respectfully submitted,


George Sioras, Planning Director

Derry Recreation Department

The doors of this fiscal year have been closed and a new
one slowly opens.

With its closure, our thoughts drift and also reflect upon
the many happenings that have been transpired during this
time, along with the passing of the years.

The crossroads of Ufe are that of many. Folks greet us from
all walks of life; and when we least expect it, they are no
longer with us.

We are born, we live, and we depart realizing the in bet-
ween counters that we are touched by and bring us
memorable memories.

Julie "Dolly" Torre and John Walsh are no longer with us.
We, in Recreation, feel their loss; yet through this loss, we are
grateful, for they have walked with us on our path of life.

1719 to 1994, WOW!!! 275 years. In celebrating our 275th
year of "Nutfield's" foundation, we held a canoe excursion
down Beaver Brook. Approximately twenty entusiastic
canoeists joined us with a bit of glimpsing back in time, nar-
rated by historians Ralph Bonner and Donald Houston. The
paddles hit the rapids and the group, of all ages, were off to
view scenery.

Thinking along the lines of our heritage and its preserva-
tion, ice is no longer taken from Hood Pond for business, but
is replaced with ice skating in the winter. During the summer
we hear the laughter of children playing games on the
playground, along with doing crafts. Swim instructions are
taught at all levels in the a.m. and open swim with life guards
on duty in the afternoon and weekends.

Adopt-a-Park project is well and alive with the continua-
tion of energetic Rotarians from the Derry Village Rotary
Club. Through their hard work and effort, a new dock system
was installed. This has made it more efficient for swim in-
struction and for fun during recreational swim. Hundreds of
youth and adults have utilized these docks and we are grateful
to the rotarians.

Dan Carraher completed his Eagle Scout Project at Hood,
erecting a bicycle rack. Participants can leave their bike
undercover and lock them while they enjoy our park.

Drifting over to a wonderful piece of land willed by Dr.
Alexander and Dr. Carr, better known as Alexander/Carr
Playground, we, in Southern New Hampshire, feel we have
the best sledding hill.

Besides winter sledding, people can warm up by the
fireplace watching their children and grandchildren enjoy a
safe place participating in winter games. Family and group
cross country ski instructions are taught on our expanded
trails. This beautiful area is also used to teach our Special
Olympic Team.

During the summer months, our Day Camp is held there
with children ranging from five to twelve years of age. The
eight week program is well attended with its participants en-
joying crafts, sports, special days, and parents night.

Located on Pond Road at Beaver Lake is Gallien's Town
Beach where the water has never been better. For residents
only, this recreational area brings one back to nostalgic fami-
ly outing days where everybody knows everyone. Unfor-
tunately "Swimmers Itch" was reported to be present at the
Lake. The state's Environmental Service Status Reports were


of no findings.

A new program. Wiggles & Giggles, has been a smash hit
with our fun and fitness for pre-schoolers. Moms benefit
socially also. They meet other moms in their child's age level
and find new found friendships.

Another new program we added is the "Lets Go Fishing"
course co-sponsored by the State of New Hampshire Fish &
Game Department. One of our employees is a state certified
instructor. We found this program to be beneficial and much
enthusiasm was shown.

Our sports programs continue to grow with emphasis on
safety, sportsmanship, fun, and no stress are important
features that we accentuate in all activities.

As always, our dedicated staff and volunteers bring forth
their own quality of enthusiasm and expertise. We give our
sincere thanks to each and every one of them. For without
their giving. Recreation could not achieve the quality leisure
recreation for our community.

In closing, it is with gratitude and appreciation that we pay
tribute to the schools, churches, clubs, organizations,
businesses, and individuals. They continually support us in all
of our worthwhile endeavors. We give our heartfelt thanks to
you all.


Diane Morrill LaPlante

Derry Recreation Coordinator

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"Let 's Go Fishing" co-sponsored by State of New Hampshire^
Fish and Game, and the Recreation Department.

Summer band concerts on the green at MacGregor Park.

All ages enjoy these free concerts held July and August

on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The Honorable Governor Merrill with Jeannette Reebel
receiving awards for volunteerism.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

Alexander-Carr after a snow storm. Children & adults take

to the sledding hill for enjoyment.

Derry Rotary Club's Annual Ham & Bean Supper
of the older population.


Curtis Boles, Recreation Penguin Athlete Training for

Cross-Country New Hampshire Special Olympics

Winter Games.

New Wiggles & Giggles Program for Pre-Schoolers.

Winning the Gold — Derry Recreation Special Olympics

Penguins came home with 64 medals during New

Hampshire Special Olympics.

Residents enjoying a beautiful day at Galliens
Town Beach at Beaver Lake.

"275th Yrs. " - Historians Ralph Bonner and Don Houston
talk about the "good old days" at Nutfield.

Senior Citizens Trip: Seniors enjoy dinner show
featuring Brenda Lee.


Derry Housing & Redevelopment Authority

Nineteen ninety-four so far has been devoid of any major
catastrophes. Economic prospects, if not prosperity, con-
tinues to improve. Demand for housing subsidies for families
always increases in poor economic times, and our waiting Hst
has grown over the past year. The demand has lessened now,
undoubtedly reflecting improvement in the unemployment
rate, effecting primarily the intact families. Single parent
families have always predominated on the rent assisted rolls,
which should not surprise anyone. We are currently assisting
the maximum number of families and elderly allowed with
our present funding. As opportunities arise, we will attempt
to increase the number of families we are able to assist.

On a somewhat different note, the Authority continues to
look for opportunities to support downtown revitalization.
Our Commissioners are in contact with the Derry Develop-
ment and Preservation Corporation and the Derry Strategic
Planning Steering Committee to pool ideas for a potential
downtown project. The commissioners are willing to commit
a portion of our operating reserves to a worthwhile project
which meets the criteria of job creation and revitalization.

Hopefully our next annual report will be providing details
on how successful those efforts have been.

Respectfully submitted,

John Brown,

Executive Director

Town Welfare Department Report

The Town of Derry Welfare Office has seen a sharp in-
crease in the number of clients seen over the past Fiscal Year.
The Welfare Office assisted an average of 31 families/single
individuals per month. An average of $6,646.43 was paid out
monthly for General Assistance. An average of 25 new clients
call this office weekly for appointments and though some do
not qualify, all Derry residents are entitled to apply.

The Welfare budget did exceed the allocated budget for the
Fiscal year 1993-1994 by 9,757.12. However, this amount
would have been much higher if not for the Rockingham
Community Action Program and other programs such as the
Derry Community Fund, Salvation Army and Sonshine Food

The Derry Welfare Department will be presenting a Work
Program to the Town Council this Fall and with their ap-
proval will begin immediately. This will entail all able-bodied
individuals to work off their assistance working for depart-
ments throughout the Town and also being "loaned" out to
various non-profit organizations in Town. As with other sur-
rounding towns, this will greatly help out as the Town will
benefit from extra persons in the labor force and they will be
working for direct assistance only. The client is also aided by
learning new job skills and therefore qualify them for future

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