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REPORTS OF

OFFICIALS — DEPARTMENTS — COMMITTEES



OF THE



TOWN OF DERRY



NEW HAMPSHIRE




FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 1, 1996 to JUNE 30, 1997



Including Streets by Districts



EXEMPTIONS

All persons desiring to apply for any exemptions must fill out a permanent application with the Assessing
Department, and MUST be qualified as of April 1, inthe year in which you apply. Further information may be
obtained from the Assessing Department, 48 East Broadway, 432-6104, 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, (UNDER REVIEW) or
if married (UNDER REVIEW) (CALL 432-6104 FOR INFORMATION).3) Owns assets of any kind, tangible or
intangible, less bonafide encumbrances, (UNDER REVIEW)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 (UNDER REVIEW)for residents 65 years
of age up to 74, (UNDER REVIEW)from 75 years of age up to 79, and (UNDER REVIEW) from 80 years of
age and older is applied to the assessed value of the property, (this section subject to change as of 1/1/98).

EXEMPTION FOR THE BLIND

Pursuant to RSA 72 those persons considered legally blind as determined by the Administrator of Blind Ser-
vices of the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the Education Department may apply for the exemption for
the blind. Amount is $15,000 deducted the assessed value.

VETERANS 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 credit 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; 3) Must have been honorably discharg-
ed. A credit in the amount of $100. 00 is applied to the amount of tax due. A credit of $1,400.00 is also available
to the Veteran if he/she is 100% permanently disabled as a result 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 maintain
open space, the State of New Hampshire 'provides' 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
further, you may inquire at the Assessing Department (432-6104) 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, amended.)

GIFTS TO CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Under the provisions of RSA 36-A:4, Conservation Commission may receive gifts of money and property real
and personal, in the name of the city or town, subject to approval of the Town Council. Such gifts are to be
managed and contained by the Commission for the purpose for which intended. Further inquiries may be made
to the town Administrators Office at 48 East Broadway, 432-6100 or 432-6101.

(Note: If Statutes are referenced - it shall be inferred that all supplements and/or amendments apply, wherever
and whenever applicable.)



ABOUT THE COVER

The Greater Deny Recreation Special Olympic Penguin Team encompasses over thirty athletes
who train year roimd, participating and competing in: cross-coimtry skiing, snowshoeing, ice
skating, swimming, track & field, cycling, cross country nmning, and basketball, as well as
various special social outings.
For further information contact the Recreation Office at 432-6136



REPORTS OF

OFFICIALS — DEPARTMENTS — COMMITTEES

OF THE

TOWN OF DERRY

NEW HAMPSHIRE




FOR THE PERIOD
JULY 1, 1996 to JUNE 30, 1997



Including Streets by District



INDEX

Town Councilors 5

Town Officers 6

Town Council Chairman's Report 9

Town Administrator's Report 10

Derry Development & Preservation Corp. Report 11

Derry Fire Department Report 12

Derry Police Department Report 13

Recreation Department Report 16

Heritage Commission Report 18

Recreation & Parks, Building & Grounds, Cemetery, Trees Report ... 18

Housing & Redevelopment Authority Report 18

Derry Humans Services - Town Welfare Dept. Report 19

Planning Department Report 20

Planning Board Report 20

Public Works Department Report 21

Building & Health Department Report 23

Derry Public Library Report 24

Taylor Library Report 25

Animal Control Department Report 27

Conservation Commission Report 28

Highway Safely Committee Report 28

Cable Committee Report 28

Assessing Department Report 29

Treasurer's Report 34

Tax Collector's Report 34

Town Clerk's Report 38

Election Warrant 38

Auditor's Report 41

General Government Expenditures 45

General Government Revenues 46

Property Tax Levies & Collections 47

Assessed & Estimated Value of Property 48

Property Tax Rates 49

Principal Taxpayers 50

Special Assessment Billing & Collections 51

Computation of Legal Debt Margin 52

Ratio of Net General Obligations Bonded Debt 53

Direct & Overlapping Bonded Debt 54

Schedule of Capital Leases 55

Schedule of General Fixed Assets 56

Statement of Changes in Long Term Debt 58

Comparative Balance Sheets 59

Schedule of Feo to promote
Derry. They have already helped many businesses establish in
Derry and have helped many others to expand. They are ag-
gressively marketing the Kendall Pond Road property. The
Rockingham Economic Development Corporation and the
Greater Manchester Regional Economic Development In-
itiative have promised to help. The DDPC has been suppor-
tive of the Exit 4A project helping the voters to understand its
importance. It also is supportive of the proposed skating
rinks, a boon to Derry's recreation needs. The rinks and an-
cillary proposals should encourage other projects in the area,



all of which should help the economy and enhance the tax
base.

Speaking of recreation, the new skate board facility is com-
pleted at the Alexander Playground and the new ballfield on
Tsienneto Road should be completed next summer.

The Planning Board has completed the new zoning or-
dinance which will slow Derry's growth to a manageable
level. It has also completed a Capital Improvement Plan and
is working on a point system so that developers will con-
tribute to the costs of the resulting growth.

Your Town Council ran the town efficiently last year. Ex-
penditures in fiscal 1997 were under the budgeted projections
and revenues were over the projections, a difference of nearly
1%, resulting in a substantial surplus helping to reduce taxes
in the current year. It also reduces the need for borrowing tax
anticipation notes.

There was a 12% reduction of our debt service. That's
$2,000,000 less in debt that we're having to pay interest on.

Two capital reserve accounts were set up: one for
wastewater repairs and reconstruction and the other for ac-
cumulated sick and leave time.

Provisions in many of our union contracts have town
employees paying for some portion of their health insurance
premiums.

The town also has fewer outstanding receivables. Property
taxes are being paid more expeditiously and the town has
been successful in auctioning off most of our deeded proper-
ties. We have decided to keep many vacant pieces of land
because any kind of residential development generally costs
more in services than the town gains in taxes.

People were taking advantage of the town by not paying
their water bills in a timely manner. We have instituted a shut-
off policy which has eliminated that problem. The town does
work with those truly in need.

Centralized purchasing has been instituted as well as joint
purchasing with the Derry School District which should make
for good savings.

I've singled out some highlights of the fiscal year just pass-
ed and the one we're in but Derry's citizens should know that
all departments are making solid contribution to the future
success of the Town.

It has been a unique opportunity for me to serve as Derry's
Town Administrator. I welcome the challenges.

Respectfully submitted.
Earl A. Rinker, III, Town Administrator



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Derry Development & Preservation Corp.

FY 1997

Five years ago, the Derry Development & Preservation
Corporation (DDPC) was founded, as a non-profit corpora-
tion, by a group of local business people and concerned
citizens to expand Derry's commercial and industrial tax
base, create jobs and preserve the character of the town. For
the past three years momentum has been gathering which has
created not only a pro-business environment in Derry, the
fourth largest community in New Hampshire, but real pro-
gress in business expansion. The June 1, 1997 headline in the
Lawrence Eagle Tribune said it best, "Derry is Booming".
Three nearby cities, Nashua, Portsmouth and Manchester
and their surrounding communities, including Derry, were
chosen by Money Magazine as the first, fifth and sixth best
places to live in the country. Derry is the geographic center of
this area, and the fourth largest community in the State. For
the first time in anyone's memory, commercial and industrial
development has far surpassed residential development in the
Town.

Derrv is currently the focal point of much development in-
cluding a planned shopping center on Route 28 across from
Wal-Mart, a new $2.5 million Post Office, a $1.8 million
courthouse, restaurants and more. A new $6.5 million twin
rink ice skating facility is being planned at the southern end
of Route 28 and other development is occurring in that area.
We are also in the midst of a downtown revitalization pro-
gram which has attracted members from a broad cross-
section of the community, and will include parks, removal of
overhead wires and building rehabilitation. A new Exit off
1-93 is in the planning stages and, when completed, will help
develop much of Derry's remaining industrial property and
relieve downtown traffic congestion.

The initial focus of the DDPC was the vacant Klev-Bro
building. After many fits and starts, not only is the building a
success story, but so are the businesses located there. Several
of those businesses, including Old Nutfield Brewing Co., Ltd.
and Precision Tool & Die, both new to Derry, have been re-
sounding successes and are planning expansions. Treasure
Masters recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in Derry.
Gentex will be celebrating 20 years in 1998, and there are
many more that have been here as long or longer. Other local
businesses, such as Hadco Corporation, GenteX Corporation,
Blake's Restaurant, Rugby Chem-Dry (Oriental Express),
Dollar Bill's Discount World, MaryAnn's Restaurant and
others have or are planning to expand their businesses in
Derry. We have seen new businesses such as LBK In-
vestments, J.B. Scoops, Papa John's, Applebee's, Green
Forest Inn, Nutfield Funeral Home, Osco Drug and MR
Wood Recycling, AmeriSports Fitness and Wellness Center
join the growing list of Derry based businesses serving not on-
ly Derry and surround communities, but national and world
markets as well. Many of these businesses are in Derry
because of the efforts of the DDPC, some with financial
assistance as well through our revolving loan fund and other
sources.

Recently we have committed to send a representative of the
Derry business community on Governor Shaheen's Trade
Mission to England, the Republic of Ireland and Northern
Ireland, the State's second and third largest foreign markets.



As a joint project of the DDPC and the Greater Derry
Chamber of Commerce, we will be representing two local
businesses, Old Nutfield Brewing Co., Ltd and Precision
Tool & Die, which the DDPC helped bring to Town. Other
businesses, such as Hadco, have provided additional financial
support and we will be seeking offsets from additional other
sources, including fund-raisers, so as to minimize the
Chamber and DDPC cost. This venture into supporting inter-
national trade from Derry businesses is vital as our world gets
smaller and more interconnected.

Our efforts toward economic development are enhanced by
a good working relationship with the Town Administrator,
Town Council, Planning Board and Planning Department,
the Derry Housing and Redevelopment Authority and others
connected in some way with business development in Town.
We continue our efforts to develop the 13+ acres of Town
owned land on Kendall Pond Road with a business suitable to
the site. We have begun to work closely with the Rockingham
Economic Development Corporation on issues and projects
which may be of benefit to Derry. As a member of the nine
town Regional Economic Development Initiative, which in-
cludes Manchester, we are committed to economic develop-
ment, and job creation, here in Derry and in the Greater
Derry area.

We are using our marketing tools, a four page color
brochure, video and Web-site to market the Town of Derry to
businesses looking for a better place to do business. The video
was developed with the assistance of a matching grant from
the NH Department of Resources & Economic Development.
Working together with local commercial real estate brokers
and a variety of financial sources, we have the tools to help
bring business to Town. We are also grateful to the support
of the Town Council which is providing operational funding
for FY 1998. Between the enhanced tax base, job creation and
increased local spending, this is one of the best investments
the Town could make.

In March, Ron Hilfiker, the DDPC's first Executive Direc-
tor announced he would be leaving at the end of May 1997
after four years to move back to this home town of
Rochester, New York. Ron's efforts in developing the office
of Executive Director, and representing the DDPC and the
Town of Derry, will not soon be forgotten. Larry Eckhaus,
who has been affiliated with the DDPC for four years, and
served as its Secretary and President, took over as Executive
Director in June.

The challenge to come is to continue the past efforts, main-
tain the momentum and develop new tools and resources to
do the job. Working together, Derry has a bright economic
future, and the DDPC looks forward to playing a role in
developing that future.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the

DDPC Board of Directors,

Larry S. Eckhaus, Executive Director



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Derry Fire Department Report

Fiscal Year 1997

Fiscal Year 1997 proved to be a year of growth, challenge
and achievement for the fire department. In conjunction with
the Planning Board's Growth Management process, the
department developed a Long Range Resource Plan that
establishes finite benchmarks for growth and expansion. We
believe this plan will provide the Town a reasonable road map
to predict and react to the fire and emergency medical service
needs of our citizens as the Town grows. In addition to ad-
dressing our long term fiscal needs, we are continuing our ef-
forts to offset the operational impact on the property tax
rate. This fiscal year, the department, primarily through am-
bulance service receipts, exceeded our anticipated revenue
projections by over $100,000. We will continue to identify
and implement measures intended to reduce the department's
financial impact on Derry's overall tax rate.

This year also saw a growing collaboration between the
department's administration and organized labor unions. In
March and October, department and union officials par-
ticipated in a series of workshops intended to minimize con-
flict and improve the Hnes of communication and understan-
ding. The emerging relationship of mutual respect,
understanding and trust will reap the rewards of an enhanced
level of cost efficient services to the citizens of Derry.

This year, members of the department continued their long
tradition of personal and professional achievement and
enhancement. Several members completed college degrees
(Bachelors and Associates) in Fire Science, Management, and
Paramedicine. The Derry Fire Department was also
represented through attendance at the National Fire Academy
in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The National Fire Academy per-
mits attendance only through competitive application from
fire departments throughout the nation. The fact that seven
of our members were chosen for attendance truly attest to the
high cahber of members who comprise the department. Fur-
ther, seventeen members of the department completed state
certification as Hazardous Materials Technicians. This
heightened level of certification will greatly enhance our abili-
ty to respond to hazardous materials emergencies. These
educational achievements are in addition to continuing educa-
tion classes required to maintain certifications in fire and
emergency medical services. In addition to academic
achievements, eight members of the department were
recognized for heroism by the New Hampshire State Fire
Fighter Board of Merit. These members were recognized for
their efforts in saving lives and property at an apartment
building fire occurring in the early morning hours of August.
Our most visible service delivery to our citizens continues to
be fire suppression and emergency medical services.
Emergency medical responses were over 700 less than last
year. This reduction is directly related to the loss of contrac-
tual services with the Town of Londonderry. The loss of this
call volume has allowed us an opportunity to diversify our
traditional emergency service response and begin transporting
critically injured patients between Parkland Medical Center
and Manchester based hospitals. This new venture not only
provides these patients with prompt service, but also allows
the department general additional revenue to offset our im-
pact on property taxes.



This year, the department responded to more fire related
responses (1960) than ever before. The majority of the fires
(36.1%) continues to occur in residential occupancies. A
review of the data collected during this past year continues to
support the need to install and maintain working smoke
detectors on every level of your home. Fire experience data
reveals that fires that are detected early in the ignition se-
quence cause 75% less property damage than those fires that
expand beyond the room of origin. In terms of dollars and
cents, this means the difference between fires averaging
$4,300, damage (early detection) and $57,500, damage (late
detection).

Although we experienced more responses, this year saw a 3
year low in the amount of property damage caused by fire. I
believe this is a direct result of three critical factors. First, the
department has experienced our first full year of enhanced
staffing of our fire companies. This has allowed us to con-
sistently provide three fire fighters on each responding Engine
Company, thus providing for faster, more effective emergen-
cy operations in the first critical moments of a fire. The
presence of additional fire fighting personnel combined with
the skill of our fire fighters provide us with the ability to com-
plete multiple tasks simultaneously. Without these personnel,
tasks must be handled in a task-by-task manner, which can
allow the fire to progress further causing higher damage and
potentially loss of life. The next factor influencing the reduc-
tion in fire loss is fire prevention and education efforts by
department personnel. During the past year, nearly 1,000
school aged children visited our fire stations, learning the
message of fire prevention and survival. This message was
bolstered through the use of our Fire Safety House that was
visited by all Third Grade children in the Derry Pubhc
Schools. With our Fire Safety House, we can safely recreate a
smoky environment and coach the children in how to "Crawl
Low Through Smoke" and safely exit a burning building. In
addition to the "Crawl Low Through Smoke" message.
Stop, Drop and Roll, Operation EDITH (Exit Drills In The
Home) and Change your Clock Change Your Batteries, are
all vital fire safety and survival skills everyone should know.
Please call our Fire Prevention Bureau if you are unfamihar
with these vital concepts. The last important part of our suc-
cess in reducing fire loss is YOU our citizens. You are our first
line of defense against fire occurring within the community.
Maintaining your property in a fire safe manner and detecting
and reporting fires before they become out of control remains
the foundation of a s.iccessful public fire protection system.

In closing, 1 would like to thank all of the municipal and
private agencies that assist the department in providing fire
and emergency medical services to our citizens. Your support
and assistance lightens a sometimes arduous task. Next, I
would like to thank the elected and appointed officials and
citizens for their input and support. Your participation is in-
valuable in developing a service that meets the needs of our
community. Lastly, I would like to thank the members of the
fire department and their families for countless hours of
dedicated efforts in keeping the Town of Derry a fire safe and
healthy community in which to live.

Respectfully submitted,
Ronald D. Gagnon, Chief of Department



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Non-Emergency Activity

Type of Activity Number

Wood/Coal Stove Inspections 10

Oil Burner Inspections 42

Gas Burner Inspections 44

Fire Alarm Test 771

Fire Code Inspections 503

Plans Review 6

Children toured through Stations 1,000

Children using Fire Safety Trailer 468

Emergency Response Activity

Type of Activity Number

Fire Related Emergencies

Fire Calls 113

Overpressure Ruptures 3

Rescue Calls 821

Hazardous Conditions 198

Service Calls 123

Good Intent Calls 227

False Calls 472

Other Calls 3

Total Fire Related Emergencies 1960

Medical Related Emergencies

Responses Requiring Transport &

Advanced Life Support 703

Responses Requiring Transport &

Basic Life Support 728

Responses Not Requiring Transport 765

Total Medical Related Emergencies 2196

TOTAL EMERGENCY RESPONSES 4156

Estimated Dollar Loss From Fire

Category Dollar Loss

Real Property Involved in Fire $1,171,853

Real Property Damaged by Fire $ 350,385

Other Property Damaged by Fire $ 92,800

Total Property Damaged by Fire $ 443,185

Medical Related Emergencies by Location

Community Number

Auburn 161

Chester . . ; 96

Derry 1873

Mutual Aid 66

Total Medical Related Responses 2196



Derry Police Department Annual Report

Fiscal Year 1997

As anyone can see from looking at the accident and crime
statistical data (attached), the department continued to be
busy during this fiscal year.

Of the more significant events that occurred during the
year, was the signing into law of the Graduated License Bill
on the steps of Pinkerton Academy. That event shines bright-
ly. If not for the work of the dedicated men and women
volunteers associated with the Community Alliance for Teen
Safety, this bill may not have passed.

The year was dotted with other notable events. During the
month of August the department's Accident Reconstruction
Unit investigated the Town's 10th fatal crash since May of
1995. Unfortunately, this team had to be called together to
put their training and experience to work again.

September saw the emergence of a local street gang called,
"Impact Gang". The nucleus of young men involved with
this gang continued their rein of terrorism and intimidation
on others until many of its members were arrested and sent to
jail. Also during this month, members of the department par-
ticipated in the Town's Annual Derryfest. Officers were on
hand to provide information on Crime Prevention, Seat Belt
Safety, Drug Awareness Education and Domestic Violence.

The month of October saw the need to have the depart-
ment's Special Response Team called into action. Officers of
the department found themselves in a stand-off with an arm-
ed resident of Windham Road. The matter was brought to
closure with no officers injured.

November saw the department's Honor Guard march in
the Town's Annual Christmas Parade. It also saw the gradua-
tion of one of our new officers from the Police Academy.


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