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Department removed our worn out book drop and installed
our new one. We are grateful to them also for the curbing and
no parking signs installed on East Derry Road, the first
preventing further erosion of our property and protecting our
drainage system, and the latter preventing parking in a
dangerous location.

The addition in June of two granite benches has not only
enhanced the beauty of our grounds but have been used all
summer in our outdoor programs. The cement sidewalk has
been extended on the west side of the library, and two copper
drainspouts have been replaced, the slate roof repaired, and
the final coat of paint has been made to the cedar fence
erected last year.

The number and quality of library services at Taylor
Library could not be provided by our small core of two full
time and two part time staff. Volunteers make it happen. To
show our gratitude for their service, in November we held a
volunteer recognition night at which they were honored for
their service. Town Administrator William Jackson gracious-
ly acknowledged their contributions and presented each with
a photograph of the library and a volunteer certificate.

In addition to those recognized at that event, we are in-
debted to numerous business and services: Hatch Printing,
Broadway Books, the Derry News, R. E. Reynolds Installa-
tion Service, A & J Homes, Inc., New Hampshire Landscap-
ing, Inc., Precision VCR and TV Repair, Michael Chever,
First Parish Church, and East Derry Store.

Thank you to library users who so generously responded to
our budget cut in magazines and provided gift subscriptions
for same; for donations of various craft supplies and for the
275 food items given to the food pantry in recognition of the
275th anniversary of Nutfield; for their response to our re-
quest for public input regarding public libraries. The staff
was humbled by the donor (who wishes to remain
anonymous) who arrived with a three-pound can full of
quarters saved over a period of a year. She requested the
money be used for children's books.

Such generosity and appreciation of the public for our ef-


forts is both rewarding and encouraging. Derry's Headstart
children have expressed their thanks for our efforts in their
behalf for the "Gift of Reading" program which we initiated
and continue to support. In tight economic times it is im-
perative that we let our needs be known and share our
resources. To my knowledge we are the only town department
who presented a budget to the Town Council which was less
than the previous years. It has demanded innovation of of
trustees and staff to meet our needs. Cooperation of town
departments has been imperative to make it work. Help from
the public has too. However, the tremendous increase in ser-
vices provided this year, if continued, will demand a larger
FY 96 budget if we are to continue to provide quality service
to increasing numbers.

No annual report of the library would be complete without
paying recognition to deserving staff and trustees. Linda
Merrill, my assistant, continues to provide new ideas for ex-
citing children's programs while maintaining order in our of-
fice and juggling course work for the Library Techniques pro-
gram at UNH in which she is enrolled. Charlotte Smith is a
versatile retired school Hbrarian who provides order out of
chaos of our vertical file and works the circulation desk dur-
ing many story hours. She volunteers much time to the library
as well. Susan Cook tracks our circulation and patron
statistics monthly by computer. Newcomer Charlotte Stetler
assists at the circulation desk, shelves books, and performs
various duties twice weekly.

Our library trustees are ably led by chairperson Virginia
True who is as often seen at the library wielding a paint brush
or rake as a gavel. Richard Apgar oversees our buildings and
grounds, and Marjorie Allen serves as secretary to the board.
They are assisted in their decision making by Elaine Rendo
and newly elected Pamela Otis. We bade farewell to Mary
Garvey in March. For thirteen years she served the library
well and was recognized for these efforts with the presenta-
tion of a certificate signed by Town Administrator William
Jackson and the Town Council.

I look forward to my twelfth year as librarian here. No
doubt there will be challenges, but with the support of you,
the public, and a supportive staff and trustees, we will meet

Respectfully submitted,
Marjorie Palmer, Director

Total Circulation 18974 24122

Programs 81 91

# Served by Programs 1745 2271

Interhbrary Loans 159 373

Reference Questions 1976 1714

Volunteers receive recognition at special program.

Marge Palmer reads scary stories to captive audience.

Circulation Statistics 1992 - 1993

Category 1992

Adult Fiction 281 1

Adult Nonfiction 1944

Adult Paperbacks 333

Total 5088

Juvenile Fiction 873 1

Juvenile Nonfiction 1915

Total 10646




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Volunteer Betsy Wolfe poses with
3 yr. olds at costume party.


Preschoolers enjoy field trip to Apple Acres.

Darasz family enjoys weekly trip to library.
Peter reads to Casey; Zach selects a magazine.

Animal Control Report

1993 - 1994

We have reached another milestone down at the Dog Pound.
The Animal Control Officer has made it through twenty years
of hard times, good times and bad times, but has survived,
never the less. Don't get excited, I'm not going anywhere just
yet! I enjoy working with the animals and the people of Derry
too much to ride off into the sunset.

Good news! The rabies epidemic has slowed down to a
trickle it seems, largely due to many, many sick animals being
killed off during the past harsh winter we all endured. We
must not, however, become complacent and let our guard
down. There is still a threat out there! Keep your cats and
dogs rabies shots up to date in order to protect them and your
family from possible exposure.

Cat problems are on the increase due to cats not being
spayed or neutered by their owners. The fact that cats seem
to be a "throw-a-way" item, more's the pity! If you can no
longer keep your cat, please take it to a Humane Society or a
veterinarian for humane euthanasia of just casting it out to
fend for itself. Please!

We logged 3,608 phone calls, picked up 218 dogs and of
that number, 143 were returned to owners; 23 were euthaniz-
ed and 52 adopted. There were 47 dogs turned over to us for
adoption due to financial or moving circumstances. All but 2
were adopted.

There were 67 dog bites reported to us as well as 19 cat
bites, 1 bird, 1 ferret, 1 rabbit and 1 raccoon bite. Five dogs
were confined at the kennel for rabies observation, and I am
happy to report that all are fine. Seventy-four warnings were
issued, 50 license orders written as well as numerous verbal
warnings. Six nuisance abatements with fines were issued.

In the wild life department, we received 109 raccoon calls; 3
confirmed rabid. One raccoon supported "quills" and was
more likely rabid but was not tested. Calls regarding: 17
woodchucks, 2 moose, 3 snapping turtles, 8 various birds, 2
geese, 2 porcupines, 4 snakes, 12 squirrels, 2 pigs, 7 bats and
4 beaver were received and dealth with accordingly.

Dogs killed 3 rabbits, 2 cats and 4 chickens.

We investigated 30 cruelty complaints - primarily dogs in
cars, dogs tied out with no shelter or water. Animals being
left tied outside in the cold, tied to door handles of trucks.
This is not acceptable. Please be more caring and concerned
for your pets. Put yourself in their place and THINK how
you would feel if you were left out under those conditions.

We want to thank all the good, kind people who donated
blankets, clean rugs and food to the dog pound and to
everyone who helped us to make it through the past year in
one way or another.

Respectfully submitted,

Forence B. Ouellette

Marlene Bishop

Linda Merrill & Becky Rutter lead a guessing game
as part of summer program.


Derry Conservation Commission

1993 - 1994

The Commission held its regular monthly meetings in the
Paul Collette Room of the Derry Public Library through
November, then moved back to the Adams Memorial
Building when the handicap access ramp was completed. At
our meetings we assessed twelve dredge and fill permit ap-
plications and seven sit plans. We responded to several
reports of possible illegal work in wetlands. All of these ac-
tivities required many field visits. Commission members at-
tended several out-of-town meetings including quarterly
regional conservation commission meetings, the Annual
Meeting of the NH Conservation Commission Association in-
Concord and the Annual Tufts Environmental Conference.

The Aquifer Protection Ordinance Sub-committee con-
sisting of Commission and Planning Board members was able
to continue work when the long-awaited state-issued aquifer
maps were received. A set of overlay maps were prepared
showing where the aquifers impacted Town Zoning areas.
With this information, a first submittal was made to the Plan-
ning Board and returned by them for further revision. The
next step is a planned July 1994 public information meeting.

Special activities during the year included the winter duck
resting box cleanout with cookout at Cole Marsh Dam, and
also the annual Spring Beaver Brook canoe trip where we
joined with several other commissions. This year it may not
have been real white water canoeing, but for some it was not

At our May meeting, Steve Landry of the NH Department
of Environmental Services brought us up to date on the ongo-
ing Beaver Lake Cleanup Project.

There were several changes in commission membership
during the year. In October, Norma Bursaw, Treasurer,
resigned due to pressure of school work, and Richard Phelan,
Alternate, was appointed to full member. The Council then
re-appointed Constance Ward and Francis Cormier as Alter-
nates and appointed Eileen Chabot as Alternate. Eileen has
had previous experience as a Conservatiori Commission
member in Massachusetts. We welcome Francis and Connie
back to the Commission. In November, Richard Bergeron
was elected Treasurer. In April, Richard Phelan did not re-
quest re-appointment because of his health, and the Council
then appointed Francis Cormier as a full member, and a new
member, William Hoyt as Alternate.

New officers elected were: Albert Doolittle, Chairman;
Robert Lindsay, Secretary; Richard Bergeron, Treasurer.
Norma Bursaw and Richard Phelan were valuable, hard
working Commissioners, and we do miss them.

Respectfully submitted,
Albert W. Doolittle, Chairman

Recreation and Parks,

Buildings and Grounds,

Cemetery and Tree Warden Report

We're trying a little different report this year in that we
thought we'd take some of the most frequently asked ques-

tions and give our answers.

Q. What does the Rec. and Parks Dept. consist of?

A. It is the Recreation and Parks but also includes a
Buildings and Grounds division. Forest Hill Cemetery divi-
sion and Tree Warden. Five divisions in all with 13 permanent

Q. How come no rubbish barrels?

A. When total recycling became mandatory we tried to
recycle out of rubbish barrels. It just didn't work. It was
unbelievably messy and unsafe. It is much easier to recycle by
picking up individual litter. We try to keep all areas
reasonably clean and townsfolk and groups who use the areas
have been extremely helpful picking up after themselves.

How come we line Hood Jr. High and Pinkerton fields?

A. This is a reciprocal agreement in which the schools buy
all the materials and we line the fields. In return we make use
of many school facilities. We use school fields and gyms at all
the public schools. At Pinkerton we have Legion, Babe Ruth,
Little League using the diamonds. The Demons and
Wolverines use the Oval and main football field. Co-ed soft-
ball, Men's Softball, Girl's softball, T-ball and Grasshoppers
use the smaller diamonds. The track is used by many citizens
for running/exercising, the family fun runs, the Hood Park
Hershey track meet and many other special events.

Q. Is it O.K. if an organization /group works on the ball

A. It most certainly is! Anything is welcomed that im-
proves the fields.

Q. Why haven't we taken better care of the Adam's
Memorial Building?

A. Portions of the building have gone unused, a private
venture to renovate it fell through, zero budgets for 3 straight
years, new court house being delayed have all played a part in
a low maintenance budget for this building.

Q. Why do we allow some of the memorials which are plac-
ed on grave sites at Forest Hill Cemetery?

A. These are changing times and folks are choosing many
different ways to remember loved ones. We feel Forest Hill
Cemetery is a very unique cemetery and certainly a beautiful
one. Its beauty and uniqueness lie in the differences between
Forest Hill and many other cemeteries.

Q. Why do we see cemetery spelled cemetary so often?

A. It's a very common misspelling of the word. Sometime
years ago it was misspelled in a computer and it seems it has
been tough to keep it correct through the years.

Q. As Tree Warden, how come you can't cut trees down
after August until the following July?

A. We keep a list of problem trees by dated complaint. If
the request is a reasonable one we file it in chronological
order. When the new fiscal year starts July first we make con-
tact with a professional tree service and get estimates. For the
last two years we have had an $8,000.00 tree budget. Most of
that is spent in the first two months of cutting from our reser-
vation list.

Q. How come some fields are in such poor condition?

A. Use, water, fertilization are the differences in a good
field and a poor one. Constant use is the number one enemy
of a ball field. The fields need a chance to come back during
the off season. Our fields have no sprinkler systems. The dry
spells of the last two summers damages the grass immensely.

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Once again tight budgets keep us from fertilizing correctly
and affording the kind of care needed. The numbers of fields
that we have to care for, which has grown immensely over the
years, also plays a major role in trying to keep the fields up.

Q. Why registration fees?

A. We sometimes tend to forget that Derry is the fourth
largest City/Town in the state. Our programs have grown
tremendously in numbers causing expenses to grow at the
same rate. Fees help defray these costs.

Q. How come we can't have afield/gym?

A. Once again the growth of all activities has put a strain
on field and gym use. In our reservation system we try to be
fair to all concerned. Returning groups or activities get first
choice on their normal use. If these same activities expand or
new ones start up we try to work it out, if possible, with other
f groups using the area.

Q. I thought recreation was just for kids?

A. Nothing could be further from the truth! In this world
of stress it is more important than ever for folks of all ages to
become involved in some form of recreational activity.

I would like to thank so many people for their volunteer
work in so many different capacities for this department. I'm
truly afraid to mention names for fear I certainly will forget
someone! You are all very much appreciated by this depart-

Obviously there are many other questions for this depart-
ment's five divisions. Please feel free to ask them at any time.
My door is always open to all.

Respectfully submitted,
Don Ball, Director

Highway Safety Committee

1993 - 1994

This history of the Highway Safety Committee is that it was
originally conceived to provide a menas to access State and
Federal Funds for various safety needs of the Town. Over the
years since its beginning in the late 60's, many funds have
been funneled to our Town to include ambulances, police
rehicles, radar units and many other worthwhile projects.

This past year has been a busy one for the Committee. We
liave reviewed many concerns of various citizens of the Town,
rhe Committee meets every third Thursday of the month at
■he West Side Community Center at 9:00 a.m. The public is
nvited to attend any of these meetings. Should you have a
jarticular problem that deals with highway safety, it can be
orought before us by submitting your request to the Town
\dministrator at the Town Hall. It will then be forwarded for
jur consideration.

Some of the major projects that we have reviewed are: pro-
dding additional handicapped parking throughout the Town;
ilimination of the left turn at the intersection of Pearl Street
md Crystal Avenue was accomplished to prevent the high
ate of accidents at that location; parking around Pinkerton
Academy was also discussed with recommendations to the
Town Council to help alleviate the parking on the side streets
A'hich causes an undue hardship on the residents of the
espective neighborhoods. We also participated in obtaining

state funds for a "Chemical Free Night" for the graduating
class of Calvary Christian School. This project was a great
success and there was no cost to the Town. The state also
funded the "Traffic Pre-emption System" used by the Fire
Department at the lighted intersections about Town.

We continue to work on crosswalk comphance for both
vehicles and pedestrians by proper signing and locations of
the crosswalks themselves.

The PoHce Department, through the gracious efforts of TV
38, has provided additional safety programs with our

The Committee is appointed by the Town Council and is
made up of volunteers from the Town; the Police, Fire and
Highway Departments are represented to provide additional
information to the Committee as needed.

The civic minded citizens of the Town who serve on the
Committee are as follows: Chairman, Roger Montbleau; Vice
Chairman, Grant Benson; Secretary, James Roy; Surveyors,
Dean Ellis and John Sobolewski.

Building & Health Department Report

July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994

It is with considerable satisfaction that this report is
prepared for presentation to the citizens of Derry. In 1993 we
set our goals to present the best inspectional service to the tax-
payers and to the contractors who support our services
through the permit system. Our office is responsible for
numerous types of inspections, including but not limited to,
new construction, additions, pools, electrical, plumbing,
chimneys, septic systems, commercial, industrial, day care
facilities, foster homes, restaurants. In 1993/1994, our office
performed approximately 2200 inspections, made numerous
trips to Concord with potential rabies suspects, investigated
over 300 complaints, sent out 236 letters which required some
type of further action, and issued 1452 permits.

We have endeavored to improve the quality of living in the
Trailer Parks by updating the electrical services and improv-
ing water services that have been neglected for several years.
This could not have been accomplished without the coopera-
tion of the Tenants Association, Town Administrator and the
efforts of both Building and Fire Departments, although our
credit was not recognized.

Additionally there were some buildings that were required
to be razed and removed as they posed a threat to the safety
of the pubUc. This program is still ongoing and is being pur-
sued through the owners.

We were faced with an influx of tenant/landlord disputes
which were health related and somewhat proportioned to the
amount of apartments and rental units in the Town, very few
of these problems required any further legal action through
the Court system. It is my hope that the coming year will
show a decrease in these types of problems as we are concen-
trating on improving housing standards.

We have continued to increase the professionalism of the
department with training seminars and national certifcations.
I must express my appreciation to my co-workers for their


support and assistance through some less than ideal times and
them for making my job easier, Robert Mackey, Building In-
spector; Gloria Hebert, Administrative Secretary; Virginia
Rioux, Secretary.

Respectfully submitted,

James F. Doolin

Building Inspector

Health Officer


Yearly Report 1993/1994
Type of Permit No. Issued Construction Cost

Single Family Ill $7,790,000.

Apartment Units Renovations 1 1 10,000.

Library (Temp. & Renovate) 2 53,000.


Commercial New & Renovations 20 1 ,912,000.

Garages 19 255,000.


Swimming Pools 55 209,900.

Wells 79

Barns 1 15,000.

Electrical 402 788,500.

Plumbing 187 578,000.

UtiHty Buildings 41 30,200.

Razing 12

Mobile Homes New & Temps 6 90,000.

Signs 40

Additions - Remodeling 223 1,009,400.

Masonry - Chimneys 53 39,400.

Failed Systems & New 189

Other - New Middle School 1 7,000,000.

Pinkerton Academy 1 7,000.

Other - E. Derry Fire Addition 1 90.000.

Totals 1452 $ 19,927,400.

Total fees for 1993/94 $120,612.87

Respectfully submitted,
James F. Doolin Code Enforcement Office

Assessing Department Annual Report

July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994

Another busy year consumed the Assessing Department's
time for fiscal year 1994. This was due in large part to the
Board of Tax and Land Appeals Ordered reassessment up-
date which began in September 1992, and ended in August
1993. The State of New Hampshire Board of Tax and Land
Appeals ordered that the Town of Derry perform an assess-
ment update, which was effective for April 1, 1993, the begin-
ning of the tax year. Looking beyond the order and the ob-
vious analysis and resulting estimates of value, is the task of
performing reassessment updates - in house - on a routine
basis every year, which cycled 'field' inspections every 3 to 4
years. We hope to initiate this process for 1994.

The overall plan for such activity will allow us to keep
assessed values current to market trends. The plan is currently
under review by the Town Council/Board of Assessors. This
will help to stabilize the tax rate from year to year, curtail and

minimize to a great degree the need for outside appraisal -j
assessment firms and consultants. Another result of annuaf
review is that abatement activity should be kept to £
minimum. Overall costs for this plan should reduce curremi
expenditures when the department's operating budget, staff'
ing needs, consulting and attorneys' fees, and abatement
(overlay reserve) dollars are considered.

The reassessment project marks the first time this depart-
ment has been able to utilize the full potential of the valuation]
programs under our "Univers" computer. The system wasj
purchased during the revaluation of 1989, and provides full
Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAM A) capabiHties.
Valuation "models" were updated during the 1993 re-
assessment update for vacant land, residential, commercial
and industrial structures, as were income models for commer-
cial, industrial and apartment properties.


In its Final Order Relating To Reassessment the Board of
Tac and Land Appeals (BTLA) found that the project was
successful by all accounts. They praised the Assessing staff
and the Town. They said . . . "Based on this review (Ap-
praisers), it appears to the board that the assessments are
within normally accepted limits and that the reassessment is
satisfactory. The board therefore rules the Order of
September 11, 1993 has been satisfied. The order is hereby
removed pursuant to RSA 71-B:17 (supp)". A copy of this
order can be found on the bulletin board at Town Hall.

Although the project came to an end in August 1993, it
was, and must be, the catalyst which will institute yearly (an-

! nual) re-assessments/value changes in the assessment role.

I believe this is crucial to the well being of the Town, not
only from an individual taxpayers stand point, but for the
overall health of the Town's fiscal standing. As stated above,
it is anticipated that the tax rate will stabilize from year to
year, staff will be able to function independently, and
abatements will be curtailed. These are all cost saving items,
which will keep the assessment function on track. Also, I
believe that the Town will never have to conduct another re-
valuation using mass appraisal companies, or be ordered by

I any State Authority to re-assess again.

Turning to current assessed values (1993) in comparison to

;:urrent market trends, our study of the level of assessed

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