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Annual Report

oj the

Town or Salem
New Hampshire



For The Year Ending December 31,



ANNUAL REPORT



OF THE



Selectmen, Treasurer, Overseers of the Poor
and Board of Health



OF THE TOWN OF



SALEM, N. H.



TOGETHER WITH THE REPORT OF THE



Salem Water Board, Trustees of the Trust Funds,

Board of Education and Trustees

of the Public Library



FOR THE YEAR ENDING

December 31, 1951



Somersworth Free Press, Inc., Printers



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TOWN OFFICERS



MODERATOR
HOWARD S. WILLIS

TOWN CLERK
JOHN C. GONNAM

SELECTMEN AND OVERSEERS OF THE POOR

WILLIAM BARRON HOWARD S. WILLIS

WALTER F. HAIGH

TREASURER
RICHARD K. BODWELL

COLLECTOR OF TAXES
WALTER S. WOODBURY

WATER COMMISSIONERS

ARTHUR H. ABBOTT WILLIAM A. MAGOON

HARRY A. OSGOOD

HIGHWAY AGENTS

JESSE A. REYNOLDS RUSSELL E. COLLINS

WILLIAM A. KINZLER

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRARY

HELEN E. PULVER BESSIE MORRISON

CLARENCE H. PRATT

REPRESENTATIVES TO THE GENERAL COURT
LEONARD B. PEEVER WALTER F. HAIGH

SUPERVISORS

WILLIAM A. MAGOON RICHARD I. BARRON
NORMAN O. INGALLS



HEALTH OFFICER

ROBERT D. GOUNDREY

FOREST FIRE WARDENS

ARTHUR H. ABBOTT HOWARD E. TURNER

CHARLES A. ERMER WILLIAM TINSCH

TRUSTEES OF TOWN CEMETERIES

MAURICE H. HAIGH LEON L. FOSTER

CLEMENT L. DUNKLEY

SEXTON
MAURICE H. HAIGH

TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS

CHARLES H. BORCHERS JOHN A. BAGNELL
CLARENCE H. NUTTING

SCHOOL BOARD

CLARENCE W. MERRILL GEORGE W. HIGGINS

MARJORIE L. ROULSTON

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
JONATHAN A. OSGOOD

CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT
ROBERT V. EBERT

CHIEF OF POLICE
WILLIAM BARRON



TOWN WARRANT

State of New Hampshire
(L.S.)

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Salem, in the
County of Rockingham in said State, qualified to
vote in town affairs:

You are hereby notified to meet at the town
house, in said town, on Tuesday, the eleventh day of
March next, at twelve (12:00) of the clock noon, to
act upon the following subjects:

Art. 1. To choose all necessary town officers
for the ensuing year.

Art. 2. Shall the provisions of chapter 171-A of
the Revised Laws relative to playing of games of
beano be adopted in this town?

Art. 3. To raise such sums of money as may be
necessary to defray town charges for the ensuing
year and made appropriation for the same.

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to raise any
more money for the repairs of highways than the
law requires.

Art. 5. To hear the reports of agents, auditors,
committees or officers heretofore chosen, and pass
on any vote relating thereto.

Art. 6. To see if the voters will authorize the
Selectmen and Town Treasurer to borrow a sum or



sums not exceeding in the aggregate $100,000 in
anticipation of the collection of taxes for the current
municipal year, and to issue in the name and on the
credit of the Town negotiable notes therefore, said
notes to be repaid during the current municipal year
from taxes collected within the current municipal
yeai*.

Art. 7. To see what action the town will take
relative to lighting the streets, and raise money for
for the same.

Art. 8. To see if the town will vote to raise a
sum of money not to exceed eight thousand five
hundred dollars ($8,500), for the purpose of pro-
viding police officers for the ensuing year.

Art. 9. To see if the town will vote to raise a
sum of money not to exceed eleven thousand dollars
(11,000), for the maintenance of the fire depart-
ment for the ensuing year.

Art. 10 To see if the town will vote to raise
the sum of twelve thousand dollars ($12,000), or
any part thereof, for snow removal and general
highway expenses for the year 1952.

Art. 11. To see if the town will vote to raise the
sum of eight hundred nineteen dollars and sixty-
three cents ($819.63), and apply for State Aid for
Class V Highways.

Art. 12. To see if the town will raise the sum
of five thousand dollars ($5,000), or any part there-
of, to provide a sinking fund for permanent improve-
ments as provided in Chapter 160 of the Public Acts
of the 1943 Legislature. Said fund shall be invested



by the Trustees of the Trust Fund until expended
as provided in said Act. Said money shall be expend-
ed by the Selectmen for any or all of the purposes
named in the 1944 warrant.

Art. 13. To see if the town will vote to raise
the sum of two hundred dollars ($200), or any part
thereof, to maintain and improve the Town Common
and the Public Square near Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 14. To see if the town will vote to raise
the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars
($2,500), or any part thereof, for the care and re-
moval of deceased elm trees.

Art. 15. To see if the town will vote to raise
the sum of four hundred dollars ($400), for the con-
trol of White Pine Blister Rust.

Art. 16. To see if the town will vote to repeal
the Zoning Ordinance of the town as passed by vote
of May 22, 1933 and as amended by vote of March
19, 1948, and vote to accept the new Zoning Ordin-
ance as follows: For the purpose of promoting the
general welfare of the community, and with a view
to conserving the value of buildings and encourag-
ing the most appropriate use of land throughout
the town, the following Ordinance is hereby adopt-
ed in compliance with Chapter 51, Sections 50-71 of
the Revised Laws of the State of New Hampshire.

Art. I Administration and Enforcement

Section 1 Salem Planning and Zoning
Board

The Salem Planning and Zoning Board
shall consist of five members; the Board of Select-



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men and two members to be appointed by the Select-
men, one for a term of two years and one for a term
of three years. Their successors shall be appointed
for a term of three years. This board shall serve

without pay.

Section 2 Board of Adjustment

There shall be established a Board of Ad-
justment to consist of five members to be appointed
by the Board of Selectmen. One member shall be
appointed for a term of one year ; one for two years ;
one for three years ; one for four years and one for
five years. Their successors shall be appointed for a
term of five years.

Said members shall be removable by the
Board of Selectmen upon written charges and after
public hearing. Vacancies may be filled by the
Board of Selectmen.

Meetings of said Board of Adjustment may
be called by the Chairman as the Board may deter-
mine.

Section 3 Permits

A permit in writing from the Planning and
Zoning Board must be obtained for the erection, al-
teration or moving of any building or structure, or
for the erection of any sign, or for the use of land
for the storage of industrial, construction or similar
equipment, or storage of combustible matter or ma-
terials, explosives or other fire menace, within the
zones hereinafter set forth. Plans and specifica-
tions shall be submitted to the Planning and Zon-
ing Commission before a permit will be issued.



Section 4 Exceptions

The Board of Adjustment may, in appro-
priate cases, under these restrictions and regula-
tions, and subject to appropriate conditions and
safeguards, m.ake Special exceptions to the terms
of the regulations herein set forth, in harmony with
their general purpose and intent, and in accordance
with general or specific rules therein contained,
and the laws of the State applicable thereto.

Section 5 Appeals

Appeals to the Board of Adjustment may
be taken by any person aggrieved or by an officer,
department, board or bureau of the Town affected
by any decision of the Planning and Zoning Board.
Such appeal shall be taken within ten days of the
mailing date of the Board's notice of decision. Ap-
peals for a rehearing by the Board of Adjustment,
or to the Superior Court shall be in accordance with
Chapter 278 of the Laws of 1949 of the State of
New Hampshire.

Section 6 Amendment

The Planning and Zoning Board may,
from time to time, amend the Zoning Ordinance,
as per Chapter 51, Sections 53 and 54 of the Revis-
ed Laws of the State of New Hampshire.

Section 7 Remedies for Violations

In case any building or structure is erec-
ted, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired,
converted, or maintained, or any building, struc-
ture, or land is used in violation hereof or of any



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ordinance or other regulations made under author-
ity conferred hereby, the Planning and Zoning
Board may institute any appropriate actions or
proceedings to prevent such unlawful action to re-
strain, correct or abate such violation, to prevent
the occupancy of the building, structure or land,
or any illegal act or use in or about such premises
as provided in Section 70, Chapter 51, of the Re-
vised Laws of the State of New Hampshire.

Section 8 Penalties

Any person violating any of the regula-
tions or restrictions as herein set forth, or amend-
ments thereto, shall be subject to a fine of not more
than $20.00 for the initial violation thereof, and
not more than $20.00 for each day of such viola-
tion.

Art. II Regulated Zones

Section 1 Business District Zone 1

Beginning at the State Line at the Town
of Methuen on the Manchester and Lawrence
Boulevard known as Broadway and proceeding
northerly along said Broadway, thru Salem Depot
Village to a point where the Manchester and Law-
rence Railroad crosses the old Turnpike Road; also
beginning on Main Street, so-called, at a point at
the easterly boundary of the original carbarn, so-
called, and proceeding westerly along said Main
Street to the junction of Main Street and Pleasant
Street and continuing in a southerly direction along
Pleasant Street to Hall's Corner, so-called.



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Section 2 Residential District Zone 2

Residential District Zone 2 shall consist
of all that land contained within the Salem limits
not included in Zone 1.

Art. Ill Protective Regulations

Section 1 General

No portion of any tract of land in said
Zones which shall front upon any street or be
bounded by any river, brook, or other body of
w^ater shall be used for a dump or iplace for refuse,
waste or junk of any kind; nor for the storage of
abandoned vehicles, machinery, tools or equipment
of any kind ; nor used in a manner that is disorder-
ly, unsightly, noxious, offensive, or detrimental
to the public, or the owners or occupants of adja-
cent property, or prejudicial to the general welfare
of the community.

No owner or occupant of land fronting on
any of the streets in said Zones shall permit the ex-
terior of any building, or other structures, or fire
ruins to be left unfinished or incomplete thereon,
but shall finish or complete, or remove the same
within a reasonable time as determined by the
Planning and Zoning Commission.

All buildings and other structures within
the Zones herein set forth shall comply in all re-
spects with the State law and with the regulations
of the New Hampshire Board of Fire Underwriters
and with the sanitary rules set forth by the Board
of Health.

All buildings hereinafter erected, con-
structed, shall be set back from the street line at



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least twenty feet and no building shall be erected
or constructed within five feet of the lot line except
by special permit from the Planning and Zoning
Board.

The erection of signs in said Zones shall
be subject to such conditions as to size, design, and
number in any one location as shall be determined
by the Planning and Zoning Board. Plans and
drawings of such signs shall be submitted prior to
the granting of a permit. No sign shall be erected
or maintained in violation of these provisions.

Art. 17. By request of the Library Trustees.
To see if the town will vote to raise the sum of two
thousand fifty dollars ($2,050), or any part there-
of, above the amount required by law, for the sup-
port of the Salem Free Public Library for the year
1952.

Art. 18. By request of Cemetery Trustees. To
see if the town will vote to raise a sum of money
not to exceed one thousand five hundred dollars
($1,500), to be expended in the care of walks,
drives and vacant lots in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 19. By request of Ernest W. Young Post,
American Legion, and Salem Memorial Post, Vet-
erans of Foreign Wars. To see if the town will vote
to raise the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars
($450), or any part thereof, for use of the above
Veteran's organizations, to be expended in the ob-
servance of Memorial Day in the year 1952.

Art. 20. By request of Joseph Martin and
others. To see if the town will vote to gravel and
tar the road at Captain's Pond, beginning at the end



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of the present black top road and continuing to the
residence of Leo Dufault, and raise money for the
same.

Art. 21. By request of Wilfred Pare and
others. To see if the town will vote to continue the
gravel and tar road on Brookdale Road from the
residence of Percy Powell to the No. 7 schoolhouse
corner, so-called, or any part of this distance and
raise money for the same.

Art. 22. By request of Earl Shipp. To see if the
town will vote to gravel and tar Ann Avenue from
the corner of Seed Street for a distance of two hun-
dred feet and raise money for the same.

Art. 23. By request of Charles F. Morrill and
others. To see if the town will vote to gravel and
tar Summit Street and raise money for the same.

Art. 24. By request of William D. Cornwell
and others. To see if the town will vote to grade,
gravel and tar Cornwell Court, extending approxi-
mately six hundred feet from Pleasant Street, and
raise money for the same.

Art. 25. By request of Daniel Gilmore and
others. To see if the town will vote to accept Mc-
Gregor Avenue from Policy Street to the residence
of Maurice Howard and raise money to gravel and
tar all or any part of this distance.

Art. 26. By request of Rene W. Perron and
others. To see if the town will vote to gravel and
tar the north end of Benning Avenue in Noyes Ter-
race and raise money for the same.



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Art. 27. By request of Leo J. Bernier. To see if
the town will vote to gravel and tar Otis Avenue
from Pattee Road to Senter Street and raise money
for the same.

Art. 28. By request of Emil Weiszeck and
others. To see if the town will vote to gravel and
tar the road leading from Lawrence Road to the
residence of Michael Weiszeck and raise money
for the same.

Art. 29. By request of Joseph Sevigny. To see
if the town will vote to gravel and tar Westchester
Avenue leading from South Broadway to Granite
Avenue and raise money for the same.

Art. 30. By request of Harry Palais and others.
To see if the town will vote to gravel and tar Sun-
set Road and raise money for the same.

Art. 31. By request of David Webb and others.
To see if the town will vote to install a street drain
on Merrill Avenue and raise money for the same.

Art. 32. By request of Ste^phen Najuch and
others. To see if the town will vote to accept Park
Avenue from where the black top road now ends
to the residence of Arthur E. Lambert.

Art. 33. By request of Fred Boland. To see if
the town will vote to accept Park Street from Pol-
icy Street to the residence of John Huskey.

Art. 34. By request of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice
Arlequeenw and others. To see if the town will vote
to accept Taylor Street leading from Route 111 for
a distance of one quarter mile.



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Art. 35. By request of Nash Garabedian. To
see if the town will vote to accept Jacob Street as
a public highway.

Art. 36. By request of William Dunbar. To see
if the town will vote to accept Dunbar Avenue as a
public highway.

Art. 37. By request of William Dunbar. To see
if the town will vote to install one street light on
Dunbar Avenue and. raise money for the same.

Art. 38. By request of Joseph E. Emidy. To see
if the town will vote to install one street light at
the residence of Joseph E. Emidy and raise money
for the same.

Art. 39. By request of Franklin Joy and others.
To see if the town will vote to install one street
light at the corner of Policy Road and Woodland
Terrace and raise money for the same.

Art. 40. By request of Mrs. Paul Garabedian
and others. To see if the town will vote to install
eight street lights on Salem Street and raise money
for the same.

Art. 41. By request of John N. DeSpencer and
others. To see if the town will vote to install three
street lights on Pond Street starting near the resi-
dence of Wilfred Gingrass to the residence of Rob-
ert J. Boyd and raise money for the same.

Art. 42. By request of Gustave Bohne and
others. To see if the town will vote to install five
street lights from Wilson's Corner to Merrill's Cor-



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ner and three street lights from Merrill's Corner
east on Liberty Street to the Haverhill line, and
raise money for the same.

Art. 43. By request of Antonio Castricone. To
see if the town will vote to install one street light
at the corner of Brady Avenue and Lowell Road
and raise money for the same.

Art. 44. By request of Frank J. Barton and
others. To see if the town will vote to install one
street light at the corner of Policy Road and Lowell
Road and raise money for the same.

Art. 45. By request of the Millville Associates
and others. To see if the town will vote to install
four street lights or more at Little Saugus, situated
on the shore of Millville Lake, and raise money for
the same.

Art. 46. By request of Russell Gladwin and
John Baketel. To see if the town will vote to widen
the bridge on Bridge Street and raise money for
the same.

Art. 47. By request of Gustave Bohne and
others. To see what action the voters can take to in-
crease the daily racing fee of Rockingham Race
Track.

Art. 48. By request of Salem Board of Trade.
To see if the town will vote to instruct the Select-
men to choose a committee of five to clarify some
of the names of streets, and if necessary, add new
names to be registered with the Town Clerk.



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Art. 49. By request of Clarence W. Merrill and
others. To see if the town will accept from the Sa-
lem Christmas Lighting Committee electrical equip-
ment and other decorations which have been used
for decorating Salem Depot area and estimated to
be valued at one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Art. 50. By request of Warren Ebert and
others. To see if the town will vote to raise the sum
of five hundred dollars ($500), or any part thereof,
to be expended for maintenance and extension of
the Christmas lights.

Art. 51. By request of Spurgeon W. Smith. To
see if the town will vote to authorize the Moderator
to appoint a committee to draw up a set of by-laws
for the town.

Art. 52. By request of Spurgeon W. Smith. To
see if the town will vote to authorize the Moderator
to appoint a committee to investigate the advisabil-
ity of the town adopting the provision of the Gen-
eral Laws covering Zoning.

Art. 53. By request of Mrs. Charles W. Bonney.
To see if the town will vote to accept one hundred
dollars from Mrs. Charles W. Bonney as a perpet-
ual fund, the interest to be expended in the care of
the Charles W. Bonney lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 54. By request of John A. Pattee. To see
if the town will vote to accept one hundred dollars
from John A. Pattee as a perpetual fund, the in-
terest to be expended in the care of the George Pat-
tee lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.



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Art. 55. By request of Leonard B. Peever. To
see if the town will vote to accept one hundred
dollars from Leonard B. Peever as a perpetual fund,
the interest to be expended in the care of the Leon-
ard B. Peever lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 56. By request of Mrs. Eliza Currier. To
see if the town will vote to accept one hundred
dollars from Mrs. Eliza Currier as a perpetual fund,
the interest to be expended in the care of the Frank
B. Currier lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 57. By request of Mrs. Fannie Cornwell.
To see if the town will vote to accept one hundred
dollars from Mrs. Fannie Cornwell as a perpetual
fund, the interest to be expended in the care of the
William B. Cornwell lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 58. By request of Paul Garabedian. To see
if the town will vote to accept one hundred dollars
from Paul Garabedian as a perpetual fund, the in-
terest to be expended in the care of the Jacob Gara-
bedian lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 59. By request of George Fish. To see if
the town will vote to accept one hundred dollars
from George Fish as a perpetual fund, the interest
to be expended in the care of the George Fish lot in
Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 60. By request of Ida C. Stevens Est. To
see if the town will vote to accept one hundred dol-
lars from the Ida C. Stevens Est. as a perpetual
fund, the interest to be expended in the care of the
Ida C. Stevens lot in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Art. 61. By request of Annie M. Stevens Est.
To see if the town will vote to accept one hundred



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dollars from the Annie M. Stevens Est. as a perpet-
ual fund, the interest to be used as a fllower fund
for the Annie M. Stevens lot in Pine Grove Ceme-
tery.

, Given under our hands and seal this twenty-third
day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen
hundred and fifty-two.

WILLIAM BARRON
HOWARD S. WILLIS
WALTER F. HAIGH
Selectmen of Salem



A true copy. Attest:



WILLIAM BARRON
HOWARD S. WILLIS
WALTER F. HAIGH

Selectmen of Salem



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BUDGET OF THE TOWN OF SALEM, N. H.

ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE ENSUING

YEAR JANUARY 1, 1952 TO DECEMBER 31, 1952 COMPARED WITH

ESTIMATED AND ACTUAL REVENUE, APPROPRIATIONS AND

EXPENDITURES OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR JANUARY 1, 1951 TO

DECEMBER 31, 1951



Sources of Revenue



FROM STATE:

Interest and Dividends Tax $

Railroad Tax
Savings Bank Tax
Reimbursement a-c Exemption of
Growing Wood and Timber
For Fighting Forest Fires
Reimbursement a-c Old Age Assistance

FROM LOCAL SOURCES EXCEPT
TAXES :

Dog Licenses

Business Licenses, Permits and

Filing Fees
Fines and Forfeits, Municipal Court
Rent of Tovv'n Hall and Other

Buildings
Interest Received on Taxes and

Deposits
Motor Vehicle Permit Fees
Sale of Town Property

FROM LOCAL TAXES OTHER THAN
PROPERTY TAXES:

(a) Poll Taxes — Regular at $2
TOTAL REVENUES FROM ALL

SOURCES EXCEPT PROPERTY



TAXES
'■'Amt. lo Be Raised By Prop. Taxes

TOTAL REVENUES



Estimated

Revenue

Previous

Year

1951


Actual
Revenue

Previous

Year

1951


Estimated
Revenne

Ensuing
Year
1952


3,000.00 $
100.00
55.00


5,669.66 i
133.27
108.63


! 3,000.00
100.00
100.00


1,202.54


1,346.38

37.88

1,090.83


300.00


1,000.00


1,305.19


1,000.00


13,500.00


13,741.00
1,000.00

207.50


13,500.00


15,500.00


753.13

18,152.42

1,781.00


12,000.00


4,000.00


4,837.00


4,000.00



$ 38,357.54 $



50,163.89 $ 34,000.00
269,839.63



$ 303,839.63



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Purposes of Expenditures



Appropriation Actual Estimated

Previous E.vpenditures Expenditures
Year Previous Ensuing



Current Maintenance Expenses:

GENERAL GOVERNMENT:

Town Officers' Salaries $

Town Officers' Expenses
Election and Registration Expenses
Municipal Court Expenses
Expenses Town Hall and Other
Town Bldgs.

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND
PROPERTY:

Police Department

Fire Department

HEALTH :

Health Department, Including Hospitals

Vitcj Statistics

Town Dump and Garbage Removal

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES:
Town Maintenance — Summer
Town IMainti nance — Winter
Street Lighting
General Expenses of Highway

Department
Town Road Aid

LIBRARIES

PUBLIC WELFARE:
Town Poor
Old Age Assistance

PATRIOTIC PURPOSES:
Memorial Day and Veterans'
Associations



1951


Year
1951


Year

1952


6,500.00 5
5,000.00
500.00
700.00


5,808.93 1
7,341.27
495.30
700.00


6,500.00

7,000.00

1,000.00

700.00


1,000.00


1,451.42


1,000.00


7,500.00
7,500.00


7,401.65

8,417.49


8,500.00
11,000.00


250.00

350.00

1,000.00


253.00

311.50

1.286.00


250.00

350.00

1,250.00


30,000.00

10,000.00

6,200.00


35,191.42

12.580.95

7,082.24


35,000.00

12.000.00

7,500.00


819.76


8,119.15
819.76


819.63


2,120.00


2.221.84


2,120.00


8,000.00
6.000.00


9,545.43
5,818.73


11,000.00
6,500.00



450.00



450.00



450.00



RECREATION :

Parks and Playground, Incl. Band
Concerts

PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISES:
Cemeteries

UNCLASSIFIED :

Darnsses and Legal Expenses, Incl.
Dog Damage
INTEREST :

On Temporary Loans

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES:
State Aid Consti-uction — Town's

Share Fed. Road Aid
New Equipment

PAYMENT ON PRINCIPAL OF DEBT:

(b) Miscellaneous

(c) Payment to Capital Reserve

Funds

PAYMENTS TO OTHER GOVERN-
MENTAL DIVISIONS:

County Taxes

School Taxes

TOTAL EXPENDITURES



200.00


471.86


200.00


1,500.00


1,620.00


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